Five Indian players to watch out for in Nidahas Trophy 2018
After the terrific limited-overs series in the Rainbow Nation, India would be relying on that momentum to leave an impact on the Nidahas Trophy, 2018.
The players have been working hard to change the course in the distinct series and this time around under the leadership of Rohit Sharma may have an opportunity to express themselves.
The youngsters inducted into the Twenty20 squad further reveals the bench strength of Indian cricket nutshell.
With Team India witnessing major changes in the 15-member squad for Sri Lanka tour, the youngsters have been given.
There is much on offer with Men in Blue ready – to wrestle it out on the Sri Lankan shores in the Nidahas Trophy 2018. The third team is Bangladesh, as the tournament will kick off on March 6.
While considering the shortest version of the game, there are performers introduced in every side who could change the complexion of the game.
India have inducted the bunch of cricketers who have been waiting in the wings to break into the fold following the hard work.
While observing the middle-order line-up, the batsmen are supposed to stand up and deliver.
The top-order did the bulk of a job in the Rainbow Nation; however, they are going to be the central attraction.
Here’s is the list of players who are capable of playing a crucial role in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 in Sri Lanka.
Rishabh Pant –
The prolific wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has expressed to stay out of the competition owing to the much-needed break.
It subsequently pushed the case for promising youngster to be considered by selectors for the selection.
The left-handed 20-year-old batsman Pant would be aiming to impress the selectors this time around.
Having the knack to go against the bowlers early, Pant has earned the massive opportunity to make it count.
The southpaw played two T20Is for India after making the debut in February 2017 against England.
Interestingly, with an atmosphere to be conducive like home, Pant would like to deliver big.
On the back of List-A fixtures, Pant was handed over the chance.
Deepak Hooda –
Another exciting edition in the team is exciting talent in the form of Deepak Hooda.
The 22-year-old Hooda, who earned the call-up following the spectacular all-round show in the domestic fold, would want to leave a significant impact.
In the DY Patil Twenty20 Cup, Hooda played a significant role for RBI.
Talented batsman, Hooda would want to give his consistent performance in the impending series. Moreover, his useful contribution owing to his all-round ability would be the focal point for India.
Having the splendid run in the domestic fold, Hood would be equally important with his off-spin bowling on Lankan tracks during the Nidahas Trophy.
Suresh Raina –
After making a comeback in the national fold, Suresh Raina has set the horizon on the One-day Internationals. But the biggest hurdle for him is to contribute well in the T20I series.
The left-handed batsman contributed majorly with the bat in the series decider in Cape Town. He would be eager to repeat his performance.
In the three-match series, Raina scored 89 runs which included a solitary wicket of David Miller.
The 31-year-old has plenty of his experience on his back. Known for scoring runs at the brisk pace, Raina could turn the tide. He might contribute with his off-spin trait and can solve middle-order woes.
Washington Sundar –
The 18-year-old Washington Sundar might have started off his career as a batsman, but he was quick to realize that he could deliver more.
So far, Sundar has bagged two scalps in his two international outings.
Sundar has a major role to play late in the order with the bat as well.
The promising all-rounder Sundar has enough experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is one of such players who could change the course of a game.
With the blend of variations, Sundar is holding the key as a young rising star for India.
Mohammad Siraj –
Hyderabad-based bowler Mohammed Siraj was in the spotlight after being snapped by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the tenth edition of IPL.
As the fast bowlers are fresh to the international scene, Siraj swift in approach also holds the responsibility.
The 23-year-old Siraj might have the unhealthy figures in two outings for India, but he is that sort of a bowler who could change the fortunes on its own.
The exponent of swing bowling has plenty on offer and he would be aiming to grab the opportunity by not letting his team down in the Nidahas Trophy.
So far, Siraj has conceded 98 runs in 48 balls at an average of 49. He would want to improve that to stay in the hunt when it comes to the healthy competition.
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