Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja opined that resting Harshal Patel for the third and final T20I against West Indies is the right thing to do only because his skills are something that cannot be exposed early on to the world.
Harshal was expensive in the second T20I against the West Indies, mostly because he became a bit predictable and the big six-hitting Windies players took him on. In order to ‘protect’ the air of mystery around him, he should be rested for the dead rubber, as per Jadeja.
“I’d probably rest Harshal Patel, not for any other reason, but that his skills are some that the less you show to the opposition, the less you show around the world [the better].
“I mean, everybody knows what he does but as you play and more and more of his kind of skill then that information will always be shared.”
“I think Bhuvi’s had a fabulous day, we could always leave him out and say you are ready for it. But if you want Bhuvi to play, you want him to get more and more time because he’s still far from his best. He’s an experienced player and did what he could with his experience but he would also need a little bit of time,” Jadeja mentioned.
“You want Bishnoi to get as much game time as possible” – Ajay Jadeja
Jadeja also insisted that Yuzvendra Chahal could be rested but Ravi Bishnoi needs to continue playing to gain as much experience as possible with an eye on the T20 World Cup that will be held in Australia this year.
“I think Chahal would be obviously the option because you want Bishnoi to get as much game time as possible and Kuldeep getting a game as well. You know, he’s come in as a replacement for Washington so it’s not a bad option.”
“I think Ishan Kishan because it’s time. He’s had a big knock in the first, he had a knock in this game. I think the wicket probably will work and he’s going to open so I’ll go with Ishan Kishan,” Jadeja added.
The third game will be played in Kolkata on Sunday in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 spectators.