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Team India batter Ishan Kishan was left out of the third and final ODI against neighbours Sri Lanka at the Greenfield International Stadium in Kerala. Rohit Sharma-led India won the toss and elected to bat first as the two Asian heavyweights clash for one final time before the hosts gear up for the New Zealand series later this month.
Skipper Rohit made two changes in the side bringing in the likes of hard-hitter and No.1 batter in the T20Is- Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder Washington Sundar for the contest in Kerala. Their inclusion in the squad means speedster Umran Malik and deputy of the side Hardik Pandya have been rested for the dead rubber.
After relishing back-to-back wins, the Men in Blue have the momentum leading into the final ODI and will be on the lookout to clinch a complete series sweep. Interestingly, Ishan Kishan, who scored a dominating 210-run knock against Bangladesh recently in the ODIs was included in the squad against the Lankan Lions but did not make it to the XI in any of the three 50-over contests.
The southpaw has been in terrific form, however, the management has backed Shubman Gill to open the innings ahead of the former. Shubman has amassed 728 runs in the last 14 ODI outings and has also relished a pretty decent outing in the ongoing series against the Asia Cup 2022 winners.
After winning the series in the second ODI in Kolkata, many felt that the side would make some changes ahead of the final contest in Kerala. While the management did bring in the likes of Suryakumar and Washington, the exclusion of young Ishan who has been in fine touch has baffled many.
In any case, an exciting contest awaits as both sides will look to obtain results in their favour but with different agendas on their mind. While India will eye for a series whitewash, the Islanders play for respect and will look to end the series on a high-note which could lift their spirits. However, the fans were left disappointed with Ishan Kishan not getting an opportunity.
Here is how the Netizens have reacted to the exclusion of Ishan Kishan from the final ODI-