IRE vs IND 3rd T20I preview: Chance for Jasprit Bumrah to test bench strength as India eyes clean sweep
As India attempts to achieve a clean sweep of Ireland in the three-match T20 series beginning on Wednesday, Jasprit Bumrah will need to balance adding miles to his legs with keeping an eye on his team's bench strength.
Despite being comfortable in the eight overs across two matches, India's series captain will need to make an informed decision if he wants to play a third consecutive game in five days, even if it is a T20 encounter.
However, the captain and stand-in head coach Sitanshu Kotak must keep in mind that the Asian Games are coming up, and some of the reserve bench players may be undercooked.
The third game allows the think tank to evaluate players like Avesh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, and Shahbaz Ahmed, who have yet to appear in the series.
Avesh has been benched for seven consecutive games, and if he is not given an opportunity to play, he will enter the Asian Games with no game experience, which might be disastrous to both him and the squad. Unless the team management decides to rest Sanju Samson and try out Jitesh before the Asian Games, the batting order is unlikely to change.
However, Samson may not want to sit out because his spot in the World Cup squad is not yet certain, and he would like to build on his strong performance in the second game, in which he scored 40 points off 26 balls.
Arshdeep Singh's recent seven T20 games have been a mixed bag when it comes to landing yorkers in the death overs. Avesh, with his pace, or Mukesh Kumar, with his subtle variations, may be tested out at Malahide, which has been a relatively good strip for batters, though it does slow down near the finish.
With Rinku Singh announcing his entrance on the international stage with a 21-ball-38 in the second game, India's T20 side appears to be getting that second finisher in the shortest format after Suryakumar Yadav.
Rinku, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Ruturaj Gaikwad will be looking to stamp their authority as this would be the final bilateral T20 series before the one against Australia in November.