The Indian team’s starting XI has been chosen by Robin Uthappa. In today’s first T20I against New Zealand in Jaipur. That fresh batting wonder has been proposed by him. After that, Ruturaj Gaikwad, a fellow CSK player, should bat at No. 3. He feels Gaikwad should walk straight into the Indian side. Also, owing to his excellent run of form in IPL 2021 and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Uthappa discussed his proposed Indian XI for the first T20I encounter with ESPNcricinfo. He remained with captain Sharma and Rahul, two of the best openers in the world. Gaikwad was chosen to bat at No. 3 by Uthappa, continuing his excellent form.
“I would keep the same opening pair because I don’t want to disturb that because we have another World Cup coming in 11 months. So I will stick with skipper Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. At No.3 I will pick Ruturaj Gaikwad because he’s been a prolific run-scorer not just in the IPL, but also for his domestic side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. So I feel that he should walk in straightaway on this Indian side. He may not open for the side but should play at No.3,” Robin Uthappa said.
Furthermore, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots respectively. While commenting on Iyer’s ability to hold one end up responsibly. Also, Uthappa praised Yadav for his flexibility in the batting order. He also picked Rishabh Pant as his keeper in the No. 6 spot.
“At No.4, I will pick Shreyas Iyer, he’s clearly someone who takes responsibility and holds one end up. At No. 5 I’ll go with Suryakumar Yadav. SKY because one of the most important things about him is his flexibility to bat anywhere in the batting order. I would pick Rishabh Pant after that, simply because he’ll be India’s finisher in the next World Cup,” Uthappa said.
Lastly, Uthappa went with five proper bowlers a combination of two spinners and three quicks. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin is in the No. 7 spot. And then named IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel as his first seamer.