Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar mentioned that the series is in India’s kitty, which means the youngsters who were called up for the first time can be given a chance in the final T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.

The first assignment for Rahul Dravid and co. was a successful one as they defeated the Kiwis in the first two games to secure the 3-match T20I series. The focus should now be on testing the new blood who may not get a chance once the senior players come back.

The injury to Mohammed Siraj gave an opportunity to Harshal Patel to show that he can do at the international level what he just did in the IPL. That one change in the playing XI may have happened because of an injury, but if there are no injuries, would Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma want to have a look at some others like Avesh Khan and play Ishan Kishan in Rishab Pant’s place?

Avesh Khan, Delhi Capitals
Avesh Khan could be given a chance in the third T20I. (Image Credit: Twitter)

When a player is in form, he wants to capitalize on that and not let go of it, so KL Rahul, who has been splendid, would not want a break, neither will Bhuvaneshwar and Deepak Chahar, who have just returned to the team.

“There are plenty of T20Is that India play before the World Cup next year in Australia. So there are plenty of opportunities to try new talent.

“The big boys like Kohli, Bumrah rested for this series, will also be back for the South Africa series, so the chance to have a look at some of the young brigade is now, especially since the series has been won,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India.

Sunil Gavaskar explains why Harshal Patel’s slower delivery is hard to pick

Sunil Gavaskar went on to mention the deceitful slower ball in Harshal Patel’s armoury and explained why the batsmen find it tough to read it. Harshal won the Man of the Match award in the second T20I for his figures of 2/25 in four overs.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel with Rohit Sharma and Venkatesh Iyer. Credits BCCI

What is special about this (Harshal Patel’s) slower delivery is how it is released without any change in action or speed of hand. That’s why it is so hard to pick. Patel also has a good bouncer, which he uses to good effect to tell the batsman that he has more than one trick up his sleeve,” Gavaskar said.

The third T20I will take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

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