IND vs SL: Why is Ruturaj Gaikwad Not Playing Today’s India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Match? Check India Playing XI

Updated on: Jan 7, 2023 6:47 pm IST

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    Ruturaj Gaikwad India vs Sri Lanka: In an important news development, India are still not playing right-handed batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad in the third and final T20I match against Sri Lanka being hosted at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Things did not panned out really well for India during the last game where they conceded a disappointing 16-run loss at the hands of the visiting Sri Lanka team. The three-match T20I series is currently levelled with a 1-1 scoreline and now everyone is looking ahead to this exciting series decider.

    IND vs SL: Why is Ruturaj Gaikwad Not Playing Today’s India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I Match? 

    After winning the toss and opting to bat first, India captain Hardik Pandya mentioned that they are going ahead with the same playing XI that played the second T20I against Sri Lanka. This also means that Ruturaj Gaikwad will once again have to warm the bench as he has not got a single game in his comeback series. During the recently concluded edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a blistering total of 660 runs from just 5 games at a phenomenal average of 220 that included as many as 4 centuries. He also achieved a world record after having smashed a total of 7 sixes in a single over of a 50-overs match. More importantly, India’s current opener Shubman Gill who made his T20I debut during the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, has not contributed much with the bat so far in the previous two games.

    “We’ll bat first. Looks like a good track, the last time we played here, the ball did a bit, we might get more swing in the night. I don’t drag things (speaking about the last match), we just need to focus on playing good cricket in this game. We were not at our best in the last game, but we still stretched the match until the end. No changes for us,” said India captain Hardik Pandya during the toss.

    India Playing XI

    1. Ishan Kishan (wk)
    2. Shubman Gill
    3. Suryakumar Yadav
    4. Rahul Tripathi
    5. Hardik Pandya (C)
    6. Deepak Hooda
    7. Axar Patel
    8. Shivam Mavi
    9. Arshdeep Singh
    10. Umran Malik
    11. Yuzvendra Chahal

    India vs Sri Lanka 2023 Schedule

    Date Format Matches Time Venue Result
    3 January, 2023 1st T20I India vs Sri Lanka 7 PM IST Mumbai India won by 2 runs
    5 January, 2023 2nd T20I India vs Sri Lanka 7 PM IST Pune Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
    7 January, 2023 3rd T20I India vs Sri Lanka 7 PM IST Rajkot
    10 January, 2023 1st ODI India vs Sri Lanka 2 PM IST Guwahati
    12 January, 2023 2nd ODI India vs Sri Lanka 2 PM IST Kolkata
    15 January, 2023 3rd ODI India vs Sri Lanka 2 PM IST Thiruvananthapuram

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