The Indian team may not have many stars but its young players are eager to do their best to make it to the T20 World Cup squad and the six-match limited overs series against Sri Lanka is likely to be an exciting one. .
Sri Lanka vs India
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Dasun Shanaka will be the 10th captain in the team in the last four years and barring Dhananjay de Silva and pacer Dushmant Chamira, there doesn’t seem to be any player who can give a tough challenge to the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team. Sri Lanka have been left vulnerable with the suspension of Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the bio bubble during the tour of Britain and the injury of former captain Kusal Perera. If his team registers a win after a poor tour of England, it will be a big achievement for him.
Two contenders for number three
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. 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. While the Virat Kohli-led team is determined to improve its Test record in England, the team under Dhawan’s captaincy and coached by Rahul Dravid is looking to create options for the senior team. Most of the Indian players have been playing T20 regularly. 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.
Six new players in Indian team
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. Dhawan himself is not sure of a place in the squad for the World Cup to be held in the UAE as the team has the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to open the innings. 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:
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, Dushman Dhananjayakana, Lakshmana Sandayakana, Lakshmana , Shiran Fernando, Dhananjay Lakshan, Ishaan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayavikrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajita, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.