If Krunal Pandya’s close contacts are segregated, predict the playing XI for the second T20I between India and Sri Lanka in 2021.

|

If Krunal Pandya’s close contacts are segregated and benched for the second T20I, how would Team India’s lineup look?

With the elder Pandya testing positive for Covid, there was a steady stream of reports regarding the second T20I against Sri Lanka being postponed. The identities of players who were in close contact with the all-rounder were mentioned in a story published by The Times of India on Wednesday (July 28).

Krunal Pandya’s brother Hardik, Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Kishan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, and Krishnappa Gowtham were claimed to be among his close associates, according to the report. According to the report, the last player’s identity is unknown.

Shaw and Yadav were supposed to fly to England to join India for the first Test match, but the COVID-19 problem has thrown a wrench in the works.

However, if the think-tank decides to make a total revamp of the playing XI, there will still be enough ammunition in the team to finish the second T20I.

Predicting India’s playing XI without Krunal Pandya and his close contacts

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar

Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Nitish Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Nitish Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy

This squad is predicted with a batting-heavy top order in mind. In the absence of Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar can use the long handle effectively, while Sakariya and Rahul Chahar have a chance to bowl.

Chahal and his younger brother Chahar may bowl in the middle overs, while Sakariya is the team’s fifth bowler.

The absence of Krunal Pandya would undoubtedly be a setback for the visitors. Despite Hardik’s slump, the spin-bowling all-rounder was one of India’s crucial contributors in the series victory. India would have their job cut out for them in the second T20I in Colombo if management decides to rest its cadre of close contacts.




Leave a reply