Colombo: Team India will start its campaign on 18 July by playing the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Even though there are not many star players in the Indian team, but this team has the power to win. In this team adorned with young players, many players will get a chance to debut and these young players will want to do their best to make it to the T20 World Cup team.
Winning is key in any international series but India can try some new combinations in this tour. This series is starting five days late after some cases of Kovid-19 in the Sri Lankan team. Three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals will be played in the series.
One place but many contenders!
In the Indian team, the place of Prithvi Shaw, Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing XI seems to be confirmed. Apart from that, there are many other places in the team but there is more than one contender for that place. In such a situation, choosing a playing XI will be a very difficult task.
There are six players in the Indian team who have not played international matches before, but Dravid has made it clear that it will be difficult to give everyone a chance in this tour. Among the new players, spinner Varun Chakraborty and left-arm pacer Chetan Sakaria are among the contenders for a place in the squad for the T20 World Cup.
Who will get the chance?
Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad are contenders for number three. It remains to be seen whether the confidence in Suryakumar Yadav’s shot-setting ability is shown given that Manish Pandey is given a chance to show consistency.
Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are also contenders for the wicketkeeper. It is natural that in such a situation, the team management will have to find answers to many such questions for the next 11 days.
Krishnappa Gowtham is in the off-spin department and it remains to be seen whether he gets priority over left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya. There is also a contest between Rahul Chahar and Yuzvendra Chahal for the position of the leg-spinner. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav is also looking for opportunities.
players test before world cup
Most of the Indian players have been playing regularly in T20. The T20 World Cup is to be held at the end of the year and in such a situation every player will try to strengthen his claim.
Dhawan himself is not sure of a place in the squad for the World Cup to be held in UAE as there are contenders like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to open the innings in the team. Dhawan can only bat in the top order and the Indian captain is ready to show his mettle.
Same is the case with Bhuvneshwar who would like to do his best to start in the T20 side with Jasprit Bumrah as the main bowler.
The teams are as follows:
India: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Prithvi Sauv, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gautam, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav , Varun Chakraborty, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakaria, Navdeep Saini.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjay D’Silva (Vice-Captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Pathum Nisanka, Charit Aslanka, Vanindu Hasaranga, Asheen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmana Sanjadayakan, Lakshmana Sandayakan, Lakshmana Sandayakana, , Shiran Fernando, Dhananjay Lakshan, Ishaan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayavikrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajita, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.