Having already clinched the three-match T20I series, Ravi Shastri and the Team India management have opted to rest bowlers Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav from the final match of the tour against the West Indies scheduled to be held in Chennai on Sunday.
The decision was taken keeping in mind the T20I series against Australia commencing on 21st November so that the players can get enough rest. Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul, who made his debut during the T20I series against Ireland in June 2018, has been added to the squad.
“The decision has been made to allow the trio to be in the best physical condition ahead of India’s tour to Australia,” read a press release from the BCCI.
India have already gained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series having won the opening two T20Is quite convincingly. They trounced the visitors by five wickets in Kolkata and then courtesy a record fourth T20I century by Rohit Sharma, sealed the series in Lucknow by 71 runs.
The two teams now head to Chennai and with the series already in the bag, it gives India a chance to test out some of their bench strength. The likes of Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar, who have been with the squad since the first T20I can harbour hopes of getting some game time.
India’s squad for the 3rd T20I series against Windies: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul