After a blistering performance against mighty Australia in the last two ODI games, Indian team management is likely to rest some key players for the final game. Ahead of the prestigious ODI World Cup, team management might rest some players as seniors make a comeback in the squad.
According to recent news reports, star opening batter Shubman Gill and all-rounder Shardul Thakur are two players who will be rested from the third game. It’s worth noting that Gill is the highest run scorer in the ongoing series; he has smashed a century and a half in the last two innings and has been phenomenal throughout the ongoing series.
On the other hand, Shardul has been mediocre with the ball. Despite being one of the biggest Wicket takers for India in the past few years, Shardul has struggled in the ongoing series. Team management’s decision to rest him from the upcoming game might help him think about his game and rhythm without any pressure. It’s worth noting that India skipper Rohit Sharma and star batter Virat Kohli are set to make a comeback in the last match.
Will Ravichandran Ashwin make it to the ODI World Cup in 2023?
Meanwhile, another star performer in the series is ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. He has been phenomenal throughout the series and has been economical on the batting tracks. His mighty performance helped India restrict the Aussies to a mere 217 runs while chasing a 300+ score in the 2nd ODI. However, his performance might ensure him a place in India’s World Cup squad.
As all-rounder Axar Patel is injured and out of the game for almost six weeks, Ashwin will be India’s key player in the tournament. His experience and vital performances will help India keep track of run rates and wickets in the middle overs. It’s worth noting that India might announce their revised 15-member squad by September 28. The team management is looking to complete the ongoing ODI series to announce the squad.
Here is how fans react to the decision to rest Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur:
Excellent policy of workload management by BCCI.
— Baila Nisar (@BailaNisar) September 25, 2023
Bad news…. Babar no.1 ranking se baahar ho sakta tha ???
— Vishal Kumar (@vishalkumar9000) September 25, 2023
Who will replace Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur in the 3rd ODI?
— Malik Farooq (@EngrM_Farooq) September 25, 2023
*Shardul thakur dropped
— Shivani (@shivani_45D) September 25, 2023
Shubhman Gill – rest????
Shardul Thakur – dropped ?
— YuvanBalaji YB (@VENKATE68684279) September 25, 2023
So he's unlikely To Get the No 1 ODI Rankings.
— Talk Before Wicket (@TalkB4Wicket) September 25, 2023
Rest na dety to Australia ny third odi khelna he nhe tha ??
— Junaid Hussain (@Chauhdary10) September 25, 2023
Road pitch ni hai i think, isilye bithaya, But dusra statpadder khelega iski jaga Kohli??
— Maze (@Maze_6999) September 25, 2023