India Playing XI in 3rd T20 vs SL: Will Rahul Dravid hand Sai Kishore debut in place of Navdeep Saini?: India tour of Sri Lanka: After Covid 19 jolted Shikhar Dhawan led new Indian side, the visitors added five of their net bowlers to keep options available for selection. With just 5 batsmen and just 3 pacers, things backfired for India at a sluggish R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo which they lost by four wickets. With the T20I series standing 1-1, things fall heavily on the 3rd T20I- the decider for the series. The intrinsic spinning nature of RPS might just see India axing a pacer- Navdeep Saini and witness the incoming of a spinner Sai Kishore in his place in the decider match between the two quality sides.
The worn-out, used turf at the R Premadasa stadium was observed to be offering much more spin than it did in the first T20I just three days ago. The surprising nature of the pitch forced India to not hand over the ball to Navdeep Saini as the quick would have hardly any assistance from the pitch.
India Playing XI in 3rd T20 vs SL: The way the ball was stopping on the pitch that impeded the batting fluency, Indian selectors might fairly hand over Sai Kishore a debut in place of Navdeep Saini. The left-arm orthodox could fairly get extra assistance on the now-slow turf in Colombo.
The testimony to back Kishore comes from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) decision to have him in their side to show his skills at MA Chidambaram Stadium, the venue which has a similar turf as RPS.
India Playing XI in 3rd T20 vs SL: Thus, his inclusion in place of a spinner could be a boon for India and up India’s chances to clinch the final contest and hence win the series.
Navdeep got injured in the 2nd T20I. BCCI gave an update on his injury on Thursday.
UPDATE: Navdeep Saini suffered a left shoulder injury while fielding during the second T20I vs Sri Lanka on 28th July.
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