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Abhishek Sharma Out, Shubman To Open With Jaiswal? IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I Dilemma Deepens

Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal (X.com)Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal (X.com)

Soaring high on the T20 World Cup 2024 triumph, the 'next-gen' is on their Mission to conquer Zimbabwe in the currently underway five-match series at the Harare Sports Club, Harare.

World champions India brutally lost their first game of the series despite the bowlers doing a commendable job of restricting the home team to 115. The second innings saw a total collapse of the batting order as wickets kept falling at an incessant rate, resulting in Sikandar Raza and Co's victory by 13 runs.

However, the following day, India, under tremendous pressure, bloomed flawlessly as Abhishek Sharma slammed his first-ever century in just 46 balls. 

Added to this was Ruturaj Gaikwad's 77* off 47 and Rinku Singh's 48* in 22 balls; India put up a substantial total of 234 runs for the opposition to chase. However, Zimbabwe showed signs that faltered throughout, leading to India winning the game by 100 runs.

However, Captain Gill's dilemma deepens now that both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube have reached Zimbabwe after celebrating India's T20 WC success at Barbados. 

This puts a lot of questions in place: A) Will Shubman Gill drop the run-machine Abhishek Sharma to incorporate Yashasvi Jaiswal? B) Will Ruturaj Gaikwad be dropped so that Abhishek-Jaiswal can open and Gill can bat at No.3? or C) Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube will not be picked in the Playing XI?

After a very long time, the excellent form of batters will be a sign of trouble for Gill and coach VVS Laxman, considering that Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shivam Dube will all be up for selection in the IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I slated to take place on Wednesday.

It's worth noting the meteoric rise of star Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal, who has accumulated an impressive 502 runs from his 17 T20Is since his debut for India in August 2023. His record includes one century and four fifties.

On the other hand, Abhishek Sharma, a recent addition to the Indian team, has already shown his potential. With just two games under his belt, he has impressed with his power-packed century.

IND vs ZIM 3rd T20I: Probable XI

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Abhishek Sharma, Shubman Gill (C), Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Dhruv Jurel (WK), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar