A bunch of contemporary faces will probably be determined for a good T20 World Cup audition when India’s different-looking but formidable white-ball squad face an under-fire Sri Lanka within the six-match restricted overs contest, starting with the primary ODI right here on Sunday.
Winning any worldwide sequence will probably be paramount however one can count on just a few combos being tried out throughout a sequence which bought delayed by 5 days as a result of COVID-19 scare within the Sri Lankan camp. The sequence includes three ODIs and as many T20s.
Dasun Shanaka is their tenth captain in 4 years and barring a cultured batsman like Dhananjaya de Silva and a gradual pacer in Dishmantha Chameera, this workforce lacks high quality to problem the may of Indian workforce led by Shikhar Dhawan.
The suspension of Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella as a result of bio-bubble breach in UK together with harm to former skipper Kusal Perera places Sri Lanka in a decent spot. If they’ll handle to win one sport, that will probably be an achievement in itself after a disastrous tour of England.
Expect Prithvi Shaw, Vijay Hazare Trophy’s high scorer to open alongside Dhawan, whereas seniors Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are anticipated to search out computerized slots within the taking part in XI.
However there are a number of contender for different slots.
Will it’s Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad for No 3 slot? Will Suryakumar Yadav’s 360 diploma hitting skill be used or Manish Pandey get a remaining probability to indicate some consistency?
Will Krishnappa Gowtham’s off-spin and large hits be most popular over Krunal Pandya’s left-arm darts together with cheeky batting expertise? How is Rahul Chahar positioned towards Yuzvendra Chahal, who hasn’t been in better of types of late?
And who will don the massive gloves? Is it Rahul Dravid’s protege Sanju Samson or the mercurial Mumbai Indians man Ishan Kishan, who can actually pack a punch?
These are questions that must be answered by the workforce administration in the course of the subsequent 11 days in Colombo.
India’s bench power has been a matter of envy for all high cricketing nations and has allowed two nationwide groups to compete in several components of the globe in COVID occasions.
While Virat Kohli’s males are eager to set their dismal Test document in England straight, the workforce led by Dhawan and coached by Dravid — the person accountable for creating the pool, won’t ever settle for that this can be a “second string” outfit taking up islanders, who’re going by means of their lowest ebb.
A workforce that has Dhawan and Shaw on the high together with likes of Pandey, Suryakumar, Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal, seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar together with spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav may be something however pushovers.
Some of those gamers are T20 regulars and whereas the 50 over format is of lesser significance going into the worldwide occasion in subsequent three months, each Dravid and Dhawan know the significance of sport time.
While there are six uncapped gamers on this Indian line-up, Dravid had just lately made it clear that will probably be troublesome to offer sport time to all of the out there payers.
It is predicted that each Dravid and Dhawan could be consulting with Ravi Shastri and Kohli on what they might be trying for from the assortment of gamers out there with them.
One factor is crystal clear. There aren’t many slots out there within the Indian workforce for the T20 World Cup and it could want some out of the world present from the rookies with a view to discover a slot within the UAE sure workforce.
Among the newcomers, Varun Chakravarthy, who in all probability will probably be solely used within the shortest format, has an excellent probability of creating the World T20 minimize and Chetan Sakariya’s left-arm seam bowling is an choice they wish to take a look at.
Chahal and Kuldeep, the pair who may do no flawed until 2019 World Cup, are each on borrowed time proper now and it couldn’t have been a greater time to face a struggling Sri Lanka.
However, Dhawan himself remains to be not assured of a ticket to UAE extravaganza with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul being contenders to open the innings.
Dhawan is somebody, who can solely bat on the high and the skipper himself wish to reassert his supremacy in each codecs.
Ditto for Buvneshwar, who wish to see himself in that T20 assault together with Jasprit Bumrah.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva (Vice Captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.