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5 players made their debut in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
- 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka is being played in Colombo
- Indian team has given five players a chance to debut
- The Indian team has maintained an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series.
Colombo: The third and final ODI match is being played between India and Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. Indian team captain Shikhar Dhawan has won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian team has given a chance to five players to make their ODI debut simultaneously, making their fans happy. Sanju Samson, Rahul Chahar, Krishnappa Gautam, Navdeep Saini and Chetan Sakariya are making their debuts in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.
With this, for the second time in the history of Indian cricket, five players have made their ODI debut together. Such moments are rarely seen in cricket. Let us tell you that for the first time in 1980, when the Indian team had given debut opportunity to five players. Then Dilip Doshi, Kirti Azad, Sandeep Patil, Roger Binny and Tirumalai Srinivasan got a chance to debut. The command of this team was in the hands of Sunil Gavaskar.
Now in 2021, that is, the Indian team has repeated the same feat after 41 years. By the way, in the current series against Sri Lanka, a total of seven players have made their ODI debut. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav made their debut in the first ODI. However, disappointment fell at the hands of Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who did not get a chance to debut.
Let us tell you that during the tour of Sri Lanka, the head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid had already said that our main goal is to win the series. Dravid had said, ‘Our main goal is to win the series. It will be our endeavor that most of the players going on tour get a chance to play matches. I have also been a player and it feels very bad to return from tour without playing a match. In such a situation, we will see that if the conditions remain together, then everyone gets a chance to play. Dravid proved his point in a way and most of the players got to play the match.
The Indian team defeated Australia in this match under the leadership of Sunil Gavaskar. Batting first, India scored 208 runs in 49 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. In reply, the Australian team was bundled out for 142 runs in 42.1 overs. In this match, Sandeep Patil was made the man of the match, who scored 64 runs in 70 balls with the help of four fours. Dilip Doshi took three wickets while Roger Binny took two wickets.
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