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“Ishan Kishan Still On Bench?”: Disappointed Fans Slam Team Selection For 3rd ODI vs Sri Lanka – SBB Times

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The third ODI between India and Sri Lanka saw the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar earn the nod. With the fate of the series already decided, India skipper Rohit Sharma announced two changes in the team, as Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik were rested. But, there still was no place for Ishan Kishan, who had famously registered a double century in his last one-day match, against Bangladesh. Seeing Ishan being left on the bench once again, fans expressed their disappointment on social media.

Since scoring a double hundred against the Bangla Tigers, Ishan hasn’t been picked in the Indian ODI team. He was benched, in favour of Shubman Gill for the second opener’s spot in the first two matches of the series. Expectations were high from the Indian team management to give Ishan a chance in the inconsequential third match, but the left-hander still found no place in the playing XI.

“We will bat first. Looks a good pitch, try to make the most of it. Still a lot of areas we can keep improving, today gives up a chance to perfect those. We want to play close to a perfect game, we’ll never have the perfect game. Hardik and Umran are rested, Washington and Suryakumar are in,” Rohit said at the time of the toss.

Here’s how fans reacted:

Earlier, Rohit had explained the rationale behind selecting Gill over Ishan. During the press conference ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka, Rohit had said: We will bat first. Looks a good pitch, try to make the most of it. Still a lot of areas we can keep improving, today gives up a chance to perfect those. We want to play close to a perfect game, we’ll never have the perfect game. Hardik and Umran are rested, Washington and Suryakumar are in.”

With Suryakumar in, the Indian team has another attacking batter in the middle-order. But, his inclusion comes at the cost of another extra bowling option as Hardik’s exclusion gives India only 5 bowling options to choose from.

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