The series between India and New Zealand is tied at 1-1, as both teams have showcased some remarkable displays in the first two matches. Although the Black Caps claimed a 21 run victory during the opening encounter, Team India came roaring back and registered an impressive 6 wicket triumph in the second one.
Now, all eyes are set on the deciding third T20I which will be played in Ahmedabad this Wednesday (1st February). India hasn’t quite hit their stride yet and therefore has a fantastic chance to get back on track and clinch another bilateral series win. Here are 3 Changes India can make for IND vs NZ 3rd T20.
1. Shubman Gill out for Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw could be the potential switch-up that India’s Cricket Team could make for the final game of the series. Shubman Gill hasn’t exactly been exemplary in the two previous games, and with the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy, it wouldn’t be unheard of for the team to rest him. Shaw can replace him at the top of the order and give India a much-needed kickstart, which they have missed out on in the past couple of matches. The Mumbaikar has been playing superbly in domestic cricket with his most recent 300* achievement in the Ranji Trophy as well as being consistently impressive in white-ball cricket.
2. Yuzvendra Chahal makes way for Umran Malik
As a result of the pitch offering spin, India brought in Yuzvendra Chahal for the second game. Umran Malik was brought in to replace him. In the last game, Umran Malik may be back in the team. The game will take place at Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest stadium, so Umran’s pace could be useful. He bowled just one over in the first game and was dropped for the second. He is now expected to play a crucial role in the last match.
3. Mukesh Kumar comes in for Shivam Mavi
Mukesh Kumar may be poised to make his debut in the third T20I against New Zealand. In an effort to rectify the colourless performance of Shivam Mavi, who conceded 19 runs over 2 overs in the first game and another 10 in just one over in the second, team management could elect to give Kumar a chance to showcase his skills. He is yet to play any IPL games, however he has experienced some success in domestic matches – so perhaps he could be the new inclusion for India’s third match.