New Delhi: The final T20 match of the 3-match series between India and New Zealand will be played on February 1, 2023, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The series is currently tied at 1-1. New Zealand won the first T20 played in Ranchi and Team India won the second match in Lucknow. In such a situation, both will try their best to win this match, so that they can conquer the series as well. India has not won a T20I series since November 2021 against New Zealand at home.
In the final T20 match of the series, Team India, captained by Hardik Pandya, can make some changes in their playing XI. Let us tell you that Team India opener Ishan Kishan has played 26 T20 International matches so far. Out of this, he has scored 652 runs at an average of 26.08. However, since June 2022, he has not been able to score a fifty in this format. In the last 10 T20s, Ishan has scored only 131 runs at an average of just 13.1. Ishan Kishan's performance in this series has also been nothing special. Ishan scored 4 in the first T20 and 19 in the second. In such a situation, Jitesh Sharma may get a chance to start his international career in place of Ishan Kishan in the third T20. Let us inform you that Jitesh Sharma has also been praised by the explosive batsman of his era, Virender Sehwag.
Virender Sehwag advised Team India to include Jitesh Sharma as a reserve wicketkeeper-batsman for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Let us tell you that Jitesh Sharma's performance was brilliant in IPL 2022. At the same time, Rahul Tripathi has also not been able to do anything special. Rahul has so far scored only 13 runs in 2 matches at an average of 6.5. In such a situation, the team management can drop him as well and get Prithvi Shaw back. In such a situation, Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw can start the innings, while Jitesh Sharma will be available for batting in the middle order. Former cricketer Wasim Jaffer has also advocated the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in the playing XI.
India's probable playing XI: Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
New Zealand Possible Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner.
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