Team India won the first 2- ODI’s with outstanding efforts against Sri Lanka. The 3rd ODI will be a strategy testing match for the Lankans. As a result, many speculated that the Indian administration would put their strength in depth to the test. BCCI announces new vice-captain Instead Bhuvneshwar.
SL vs IND: BCCI announces new vice-captain in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence for third ODI
Despite the fact that a few changes were expected, the visitors surprised everyone by substituting up to 6 players from their earlier team. Over the last ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar was being requested to warm the stands.
Hardik Pandya’s First Leadership Role On Team India’s Side
Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, has been chosen India’s vice-captain for this match in his absence. This really is Pandya’s first leadership role on Team India’s side, so it’s a great achievement.
In the bowling, batting, and fielding departments, he has been outstanding. His leadership abilities, on the other hand, are rarely put to the test. Not to mention the fact that five Indian players have played in this game for the first time.
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As a result, Pandya, along with captain Shikhar Dhawan, will be expected to lead from the front. In particular, the all-rounder has struggled in this series. In his 2- games, he only took one wicket, and there’s not much to say about his striking. Although he didn’t get to bat in the first match, the hitter followed up with no impressive sessions in the second game.
Pandya Has Proven Himself As An Important Part Of Team India Squad
Nonetheless, Pandya was an important part of the national side for a long time, and his total statistics are excellent. In the majority of the games, a fully fit Hardik Pandya has fulfilled his commitment of 10 overs. Despite the fact that he does not have so many variants on his way, the right-arm pacer has shown to be effective in working within his parameters.
His batting talent, on the other hand, has confused even the best bowlers. In the death overs, the dasher may cause problems, and he’s also capable of playing strategic blows. Not to mention the fact that the 27-year-old is a power pack on the pitch.
As a result, the potential for him in his first leadership role on the national side remains on the heights. However, India won the toss for the final ODI game and chose to bat first.