Taking full advantage of the opportunity, Shreyas Iyer breathes a sigh of relief at Suryakumar Yadav as India complete its holy grail with perfect ease, beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the third and final T20 International here on Sunday.
India’s last three T20 home games against New Zealand, West Indies and now Sri Lanka ended in 3-0 draw.
Pursuing a 147-yard touchdown run, he seemed to walk in the park for the Shreyas, who broke 73 and did not get out of 45 balls to finish in 16.5 overs after Avesh Khan and Mohammed Siraj enjoyed a thrilling run in the overs. powerplay.
Shreyas, whose game against short ball was once found suspicious, is rubber to remember with a hat-trick of half a century, a total of 200 runs that earned him the Player-of-the-Year award -the-Series.
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Come to think of it, Shreyas is fighting for a midfield spot with Suryakumar, who was the actor of the series against the West Indies before maintaining a haircut in his right hand.
Not only in the third contest but throughout the series what is clear is that the Shreyas are in control of the shootings which he has been training for hours in the networks.
He is looking to make the cut and now introduces a happy headache for skipper Rohit Sharma, who became the most anticipated actor at T20 Internationals with 125 games, one more than the surprise Pakistani winger, Shoaib Malik.
It was ‘Super Subs’ day out with India that made four changes in the XI playing, with Ishan Kishan due to wrestling. They come up trumps without breaking much sweat.
Avesh made amends for the forgotten debut as his hot opening next to Mohammed Siraj put the Sri Lankans on the back foot immediately, as both used full speed and bounced in supply on the Dharamsala track.
Even two-handed wrestlers, Ravi Bishnoi (4-0-32-1) and Kuldeep Yadav (4-0-25-0), did well enough to save the islanders on a cold night.
Surprisingly enough, for two years Bishnoi has been the only bowling googlies but with so much precision, that the batters in the IPL and now in the cricket world have not yet reached its limit.
That is from the last T20I.#Egbe India won by 6 wickets to complete a clean sheet 3-0 against Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka was also a savior with 74 outs in 38 balls bringing his team near the 150-point mark. Shanaka hit nine fours and six fouls.
But it was Avesh (4-1-23-2) and Siraj (4-0-22-1), who just released the top Lankan command with speed and bounce, as they were reduced to 11 for 3 in the fourth. and there is no return from there.
Siraj started by speeding Danushka Gunathilaka (0) with a short ball that he tried to pull but managed to pull back to the stumps.
Avesh, who went for 40 odd runs on the debut on Eden Gardens belter, bowled much fuller from his usual back-of-the-stuff piece and sent Pathum Nissanka (1) and Charith Asalanka (4), both delivering bat bats faster ju. they would have understood.
The best part about the Indian work is that the vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah, the veteran Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the first-grader Yuzvendra Chahal were given the much-needed rest.
The skipper is spoiled for choice as he and coach Rahul Dravid are slowly building a set-up where they have multiple options for each and every position on both sides.
The only link missed by the T20 team was the absence of a good round as the Indian team managed to miss out on Ravichandran Ashwin for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Otherwise, the team is looking at good health. Also consider the fact that people who have not played the series include Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.
Our Suryakumar, Deepak Chahar and now Ishan Kishan are injured at one point and Shardul Thakur is resting.
Yet Test experts like Siraj and Avesh fires or Harshal Patel (4-0-29-1) have all been making their case for choosing to go into the big ticket event eight months from now.
There will be injuries or careless loss of form but even then, Rohit will not have to worry too much about the terms of the options.