Indian Cricket Team is all set to clash against Sri Lanka for the 3rd ODI on January 14 (Sunday). It’s been quite a fruitful ODI series for the Men in Blue. Left-arm off-spinner Axar Patel had bowled just 5 overs in the 2nd ODI, but took a crucial wicket from Dhananjay de Silva to give away 16 runs in his spell.
Sri Lanka would aim for a better performance with the bat this time around. The island nation lacks someone who could play the role of anchor which is a must in modern day cricket. Perhaps the visitors should bring Dinesh Chandimal or Angelo Matthews back into the ODI line-up.
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Vikram Rathour on Axar Patel
Vikram Rathour was seen at the press conference ahead of the 3rd ODI and asked about Axar Patel. “He’s hitting really well at the moment. We always believed he had a lot of potential with the bat. He’s been working on it. The kind of all-rounders we have, three guys can hit really well. Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and I’m sure Ravindra Jadeja will come back soon, as a team it gives us extra opportunities.” said Vikram Rathour.
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Riddle for management
Kuldeep Yadav was player of the match in the 2nd ODI where he took 3 scalps and gave away 51 runs in 10 overs. The Chinese with the left arm bowed from wicket to wicket. It would be interesting to see if Chahal replaces Kuldeep as he was ruled out of the 2nd ODI due to injury.
There are some reports suggesting that Ishan Kishan gets a chance in Shubman Gill’s place to manage his workload. India should not take Sri Lanka as it will not be wrong to say that the visitors are keen to spoil India’s celebration.
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