Both Rohit Sharma, India’s usual captain, and KL Rahul will be absent for the next three-match T20I series against New Zealand that starts later this month. Even though Rohit will now miss a T20I game for the third time since the T20 World Cup, the BCCI has not commented on his absence; the organization cited “family responsibilities” as the reason for Rahul’s absence. In favor of choosing a fresh and “perfect” India pair as the “permanent India openers in T20Is,” former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir left Rohit and Rahul off the 16-player roster picked for the series. Third ODI between India and Sri Lanka live score

Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, and the returning Prithvi Shaw are possible starters for India in the New Zealand series. The latter was called up for the first time 537 days after his lone T20I match against India. He did, however, earn it as a result of an outstanding showing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last season and a record-breaking triple tonne the following Ranji Trophy match.

Gambhir was asked if Shaw should be given more time in the T20I format before the start of the third and final ODI of the series between India and Sri Lanka. He lauded the young player and referred to him as a “matchwinner” for his powerful hitting.

“He shouldn’t have left in the first place since he always gave India that kind of a quick start when he got the opportunity. He is the ideal option. He, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav all fit the description of the model given by India. Now that you’ve picked Shaw, keep working with him. noted Gambhir.

“Don’t judge him according to each series. He is a young guy who is dynamic and a match-winner. Give him more playing time and place him in the starting lineup, he urged.

He instructed Gill, who had just made his T20Is debut and had previously played three matches for India, to focus only on Tests and ODIs.

Shubman Gill has to concentrate on the Test and ODI game forms. Ishan Kishan and Prithvi Shaw should begin your T20Is, said Gambhir.