Veteran wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa has backed Avesh Khan, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar to form India’s pace attack in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe on Monday, August 22 at Harare Sports Club.
On Saturday, August 20, India took a 2-0 series lead after defeating Zimbabwe by five wickets in the second ODI. Shardul did not play in the first ODI but took three wickets in the second, including Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva, and Luke Jongwe.
Uthappa also stated that it would be unjust to deny Rahul Tripathi and Ruturaj Gaikwad the opportunity to play a single match during the current tour. The veteran also believes that the Men in Blue will not make any major changes to their batting lineup.
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Definitely, I think Chahar will come back into the frame, I think Avesh Khan will get a game and Prasidh might get a break. Maybe Siraj could also get a break, Shardul would play, I think. They have anyway decided to rotate the fast bowlers so that everyone remains fresh,” Uthappa was quoted as saying to Sony Sports Network.
“As far as batting is concerned, I don’t know if they will make too many changes. Shahbaz may get a game, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi have been waiting in the wings for a while. It will be unfair if they don’t get a game and it will also be unfair to the youngsters who are playing right now, for example, Shubman Gill, who is in such great form,” he stated.
“Ishan Kishan has got one innings to bat, so if he gets replaced and somebody else comes in instead of them, they would feel undone as well, because when the senior pros do come back into the side, they are going to miss out anyway. So, it’s a hard one to pick, to be very honest,” Uthappa added.
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