While India selectors decided to play the third test against Sri Lanka without much changes in the squad, the latter pulled out one of its prime attackers. Ahead of the match, Rangana Herath is being rested from the team due to a back injury. To replace the top spinner, Sri Lanka might offer the Test cap to Jeffrey Vandersay. The player is most likely to debut in the third Test. The Third match will be played in Delhi on December 2. The spinner is currently through a tough form as a Test player. Herath had a strong stance in the ongoing series against India as well. His performance was both into bowling as well as batting.
In the first Test at Kolkata, Hearth scored 67 runs as a crucial contribution to the draw the match. The strike was imperative to Sri Lanka’s first inning lead of 122 runs. In the second Test, his figures were 39-11-81-1. The player is among the most experienced ones in the team.
In contrast, Jeffrey Vandersay is experienced in ODI and T20I. He played 11 ODIs and seven T20s. His wicket tally is 14 in international cricket. With an average of 43, he has an average of economy of 5.74 in the limited format. In the shortest format, his economy is 7.37. In the third Test Sri Lanka will have Lakshan Sandakan to assist Jeffrey Vandersay.
Herath might be selected for the following ODI series in the tour. India rested skipper Virat Kohli from the ODI series brining two debutants each in bowling and batting. Sri Lanka still have a chance to level the series as it is now locked at 1-0 after the second face-off. The first Test was draw, while India won the second by a massive margin. The home selectors did not roll out the T20 squad still. Kohli might be brought back for the series. The team announcement will be by the start of the third Test.
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