India were compelled to play their remaining 11 players in the second T20I, despite having nine players in isolation
Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, and Chetan Sakariya made their T20I debuts on Wednesday, with India coach Rahul Dravid emphasising the significance of recognising periphery players as possibilities strong enough to represent India. There has been a lot of speculation that too many players are being given India caps, but the India coach rejected this and stated that anybody who is selected in the team is fit to represent India in its 11-man roster.
India were compelled to play their remaining 11 players in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Colombo, despite having nine players in isolation. Covid-19 had such tremendous impact on the Indian team that the team’s management had no other option. Most of the uncapped teenagers who had been included in India’s team were expected to have an opportunity at some time, similar to what happened in the third ODI, but the conditions were such that those opportunities came a little sooner.
The players in the squad, according to Dravid, have earned the right to do so. As it turns out, all five players who would have played at least one game prior to the commencement of the Sri Lanka series did so.