Mukesh has been India’s most economical pacer in the last two matches.
With the chance to seal the series, India lost the toss and was thrown in to bat first. However, the interesting thing is that India has made important changes for the IND vs AUS 3rd T20 in Guwahati. The most economical Indian pacer in the series, Mukesh Kumar, has been left out to everyone’s surprise.
When asked about India’s playing XI at the toss, skipper Suryakumar Yadav said that Avesh Khan is replacing Mukesh. Surya added that instead of playing in the IND vs AUS match, Mukesh is currently playing his biggest game, i.e., the pacer is getting married.
“One change for us: Avesh replaces Mukesh, who is playing his biggest game; he’s getting married, and we wish him all the best,” Surya said at the toss.
BCCI provides update on Mukesh Kumar
Just after the toss, BCCI took to social media to reveal the exact reason behind Mukesh missing the 3rd T20I at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.
As per BCCI’s tweet, the right-arm pacer had requested that BCCI grant him an opportunity to miss the third match. The update also revealed that the pacer will join India’s squad for the next match in Raipur.
In his absence, another pacer, Deepak Chahar, has been added to India’s squad for the remainder of the series.
IND vs AUS: Playing XIs
India: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav (c), Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna.
Australia: Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk & c), Nathan Ellis, Jason Behendroff, Tanveer Sangha, Kane Richardson.