India opt to rest Bumrah and Kuldeep for final T20 v West Indies

Sudhir Gupta 16:57 09/11/2018
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Bumrah will not feature for India in the final T20.

India have handed a rest to Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav for the third and final T20 against the West Indies to be held on Sunday at Chennai.

The hosts have already clinched the three-match series after their seven-run win at Lucknow in the second T20. With the trophy secured, the team management has opted to rest key players, keeping the upcoming tough tour of Australia in mind.

With Bumrah and Umesh taking a back seat, India have added medium pacer Siddarth Kaul for the final T20. He, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed, will provide the fast-bowling options for stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma.

Kaul had last turned out for India in the recent Asia Cup held in the UAE.

Kuldeep has featured in both the T20s so far following his exertions in the ODIs, where he played all but one game of the five-match series. With him absent for the side, India still have the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar to choose from in the spin department.

Bumrah had featured in the two T20 matches as well while Umesh made an appearance in the series opener.

India captured the two-match Test series 2-0 before notching a 3-1 series victory in the subsequent ODIs against the Windies.

INDIA SQUAD FOR THIRD T20

Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem.

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