Mitchell Opts Out of Final T20I Against Pakistan

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell has pulled out of his name from the 5th T20I against Pakistan

Ashwani Saini Jan. 20, 2024

New Zealand's in-form batter Daryl Mitchell has pulled out of the final T20I against Pakistan, opting to prioritize workload management ahead of a demanding international schedule. With the Black Caps already holding an unassailable 4-0 lead in the series, the selectors deemed it the perfect opportunity to give Mitchell a well-deserved rest.

Two half-centuries in the ongoing series

Mitchell has been a central figure in New Zealand's dominant display throughout the series. His two half-centuries, including a match-winning 72* in the fourth T20I, showcased his class and consistency. However, with the upcoming Test series against South Africa and Australia, followed by a five-match T20I series against Australia and the lucrative Indian Premier League on the horizon, the Black Caps decided to give him rest.

Speaking on the decision, coach Gary Stead explained

Daryl has been outstanding throughout this series, and his contributions have been invaluable. However, managing his workload is crucial given the busy schedule that lies ahead. With the series already secured, it's the perfect opportunity to give him a break and ensure he's fresh for the upcoming challenges.

Rachin Ravindra is the replacement for Mitchell

While Mitchell's absence weakens New Zealand's batting lineup, it opens the door for young talent like Rachin Ravindra. The 24-year-old all-rounder initially rested for the series, has been called Mitchell's replacement, and could get a chance to prove his mettle on the international stage.

Chance for your players to shine

Despite the absence of its star all-rounder, New Zealand aims to end the series on a high with a victory in the final T20I. It's an opportunity for Pakistan to salvage some pride after a disappointing series. Regardless of the result, the match promises to be an exciting contest of emerging talent and a chance for some of the fringe players to shine.