India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I, India’s Predicted XI: Will Deepak Hooda Find A Place?

Team India was in roaring form in the shortest form this year, but their winning streak was cut short by the West Indies in the second T20I when they claimed a five-wicket win at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. Obed McCoy was the shining spot for the West Indies as he scalped six wickets and narrowed Team India to an underscore of 138. In return, West Indies chased the goal with four balls left and five wickets in hand. The third T2OI could be an opportunity for Deepak Hooda to find his place in the Playing XI. The batter rose to fame with his century and a 47-run 29-ball knock-off against Ireland in the two-game run. The batter failed to live up to expectations in the ODI-series against the West Indies and was awarded the numbers 27 and 33.

Here’s what we think should be India’s XI for the 3rd T20I

Rohit Sharma: The Indian skipper was in good shape in the ongoing series. He played a 64-run knock-off, just 44 balls in the first T20I, but was sacked for a duck in the second game. Despite all these factors, Rohit is still one of the most reliable batters for the visitors.

Suryakumar Yadav: The hard hitting batter of Team India has put in an average performance in the first two games. It will be interesting to see if India uses him as an opener in the third T20I or not.

Shreyas Iyer: After being fired for a duck in the 1st T20I, Iyer was only able to get 10 runs off 11 balls. It would be interesting to see if the management stick with him or give Deepak Hooda a chance.

Rishabh Pant: The wicketkeeper batter got out at 14 in the first T20I and scored 24 runs off 12 balls in the second match. Third T20I could prove to be a chance for him to redeem himself and play a big inning.

Hardik Pandya: Despite an average performance in the first two matches, no one can count on Hardik. The all-rounder is in blistering form this year and has produced large numbers in the shortest format.

Dinesh Karthik: Team India can blindly trust Dinesh Karthik’s potential as he was in deadly form this year even though he came out at 7am in the second T20I.

Ravindra Jadeja: The all-rounder was unfit for the ODI series against the West Indies. But he returned in the 1st T20I, scoring 16 runs and taking one wicket, followed by 27 runs and 1 wicket in the second T20I.

Ravichandran Ashwin: The off spinner scalped two wickets in the first T20I, followed by one wicket in the second T20I. He allowed 32 runs in his full four-over period. Even though he could only contribute 10 runs with the bat, Ashwin is still a reliable player to watch.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The pacer scalped one wicket in the first match, but wicketless in the second. In the absence of the Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar was the main pacesetter for Team India.


Arshdeep Singh: The young pacesetter took one wicket in the second T20I and conceded just 26 runs under his spell. Arshdeep is one of the best death bowlers out there, who can maintain a good economy at a crucial moment.

Ravi Bishnoi: The spinner was replaced by Avesh Khan in the second T20I, but the latter proved to be very expensive for Team India. Will Bishnoi find his place again is a question on everyone’s mind.

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