Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has returned to the pitch with a bang. The all-rounder was suspended from two ODI matches following his ‘misogynist’ and ‘sexist’ comments on Karan Johar’s controversial show Koffee With Karan. Besides his comeback, there was also something special about Wednesday’s T20I match between India and New Zealand. For the very first time, Team India has come up with an unusual combination with three wicketkeepers to field and two brothers on the pitch (Hardik and Krunal Pandya).
The three wicketkeepers on the field were MS Dhoni taking the gloves, Rishabh Pant batting at No. 3 in place of captain Virat Kohli who has been rested and Dinesh Karthik playing the role of a finisher at No. 6. On the other hand, the Pandya boys became the third set of brothers to feature for Team India together after Mohinder-Surinder Amarnath and Irfan-Yusuf Pathan. The match saw India’s stand-in-captain Rohit Sharma choosing to field first against New Zealand.
Kohli was rested from the last two ODI matches and T20I series while keeping his hectic schedule in mind. Besides Kohli, Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI) have rested many of other primary players including Jasprit Bumrah.
Besides the three wicketkeepers and Pandya brothers, other players who played for Team India included Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Khaleel Ahmed.