India Tour of Sri Lanka: Shikhar Dhawan & Rahul Dravid could make 3 changes for the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka- India will head into the final ODI against Sri Lanka having already sealed the series, with a 2-0 lead. While Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan set the stage on fire in the first ODI, Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav ensured a record 9th consecutive series win over the Lankans. The Men in Blue, led by Shikhar Dhawan, will now aim to put the final game of the series to bed and claim a whitewash, before heading into the three T20Is.
With the game essentially being a dead rubber with the series sealed, Team India could make some changes to their winning combination and offer game time to the players on the bench. Here are three changes Shikhar Dhawan could make to the XI ahead of the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI.
India vs Sri Lanka: Sanju Samson In, Manish Pandey Out
Sanju Samson was expected to feature as the first-choice wicketkeeper but following his injury, Ishan Kishan made the spot his own with a 50 on debut. With the series in the bag, Samson should feature in the XI at the expense of perhaps Manish Pandey, who with scores of 26 and 37 has failed to make a comeback claim. The Indian team management rates Samson highly, and the Kerala star is likely to get another opportunity to shine in Indian colours.
India vs Sri Lanka: Krishnappa Gowtham for Hardik Pandya
While Hardik Pandya was declared fit by Bhuvneshwar Kumar after the 2nd ODI, Shikhar Dhawan might not risk playing the all-rounder with the T20 World Cup around the corner. Krishnappa Gowtham will be the natural all-rounder replacement, and the Karnataka star can slot in the lower order and hit some big blows at the back end of the innings. Nitish Rana could also be in contention for the spot and his part-time off-spin could come in handy on the slow pitch at Colombo. Rana’s batting prowess makes him the front runner, with India already having five frontline bowling options.
India vs Sri Lanka: Navdeep Saini in, Kuldeep Yadav out
Should Hardik Pandya sit out, a fast-bowling slot could open with Navdeep Saini and Chetan Sakariya in contention. While Sakariya impressed in the domestic circuit and the IPL 2021, Saini is likely to get the nod due to his raw pace with both Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar not amongst the quickest. Saini has struggled for form in recent times, but like Chahal could be afforded an opportunity to make a comeback. The Delhi pacer will likely come in for Kuldeep Yadav, who with figures of 2/48 and 0/55 has done little to impress.