India fast bowler Navdeep Saini had a brilliant start to his 2020 season, helping the team win the 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. The pacer from Delhi picked up a total of 5 wickets for 46 runs from the 2 matches played in the series after the first match in Guwahati was called off due to a wet outfield. He was named the Player-of-the-Series as well for his efforts.
Navdeep Saini has gone from strength to strength since making his debut against West Indies in August 2019. In 7 T20Is, he has scalped 11 wickets, while in his lone ODI against Windies, he scalped 2 wickets. The right-arm pacer will now hope to bamboozle the Aussies with some serious pace provided he gets another opportunity.
After a great Sri Lanka series, India is set to face Australia in the 3-match ODI series. Navdeep Saini was expected to play in the ongoing first ODI match at the Wankhede Stadium but was dropped from the side. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur was included in the side in place of Saini. Twitterati was quick to express their displeasure over Saini being dropped. Here's how they reacted to the news.
Imagine dropping Saini after those world class middle overs spells😭— Navi Coulter Nile (@DrogonDracarys_) January 14, 2020
Those push back, push back deliveries and then bang, a firing yorker. That was so orgasmic to watch.
so they went for shardul instead of saini because he can bat a bit and won India a match....this is the thing I dislike about the kohli regime. Rather than picking up an ordinary bowler who can bat, I'd have gone with Saini who is a capable bowler w/out batting abilities.— Vaishesh Chowta (@VChowta) January 14, 2020
At the time of writing this report, India were 184-5 with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja batting. After the completion of the Mumbai ODI, India and Australia will play their second match at Rajkot on January 17. The final and 3rd ODI for the series will take place at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on January 19.