IND vs ZIM, 3rd T20I: Why is Riyan Parag, Sai Sudarshan, and Mukesh Kumar not playing today?

Check out the detailed explanations on why Riyan Parag, Sai Sudharsan, and Mukesh Kumar are not playing in the India vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20I, only on Sports.Info

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India are locking horns against Zimbabwe in the 3rd T20Is at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. Zimbabwe won the first game, but India took their revenge and won the 2nd game by 100 runs. Hence, this game will be exciting since the series is level now, and both teams will play their best game possible to win the match. 

At the toss, skipper Shubman Gill talked about the few changes India have made in this particular game. Instead of Riyan Parag, Sai Sudarshan, and Mukesh Kumar, three players who have returned from Barbados have taken their place: Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. 

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The main reason behind this change is the return of these players. Since the players were stranded in Barbados and couldn't reach on time, BCCI added a few players to the team for the 1st and 2nd T20Is, replacing Dube, Samson, and Jaiswal. Now that they are back in the team, skipper Gill dropped Parag, Sudarshan, and Kumar. 

India's dressing room is always similar: Shivam Dube

Shivam Dube, who has returned to playing against Zimbabwe, was a part of India's World Cup-winning team, who scored an impressive 27 runs in the finals. Those were pretty valuable scores that helped India reach a respectable target. After coming back, he spoke up about the consistency of the dressing room in two different tournaments. 

"Surely I can improve in this series, it is very important for me to express myself in all departments. The dressing room feels the same, India's dressing room is always similar because we have learnt a lot from the seniors and try to keep the same cool and calm atmosphere," said Shivam Dube. 

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