Six uncapped gamers within the squad would possibly make it appear that India have include an inexperienced group for the white-ball sequence towards Sri Lanka however tour vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar says it isn’t the case as all the lot has the requisite confidence because of IPL.
With main stars like skipper Virat Kohli and his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma in England for an upcoming Test sequence, the Indian group for sequence towards Sri Lanka is being led by opener Shikhar Dhawan and options half a dozen uncapped gamers.
Many of them impressed within the suspended Indian Premier League and have been rewarded with their maiden India call-up. They embrace Devdutt Padikkal, pacer Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Varun Chakravarthy.
“We have good players and they have experience of IPL, they are young but they have experience of IPL, playing T20 for so many years and they have done well for their teams,” Bhuvneshwar stated on the Star Sport present ‘Follow the Blues.’
“So, it will be useful for the group that they will carry the confidence of IPL and they’re younger and proficient, there’s a good combine with the skilled gamers and this will be tour.
“Young players who have come for their first tour and came after doing well in IPL so if they do well here then it will be great for their confidence,” he added.
The senior pacer had suffered a thigh muscle damage throughout final 12 months’s IPL which dominated him out of the league in addition to the tour of Australia.
The bowler made a return to the nationwide squad after a protracted damage lay-off within the limited-overs dwelling sequence towards England in March. He stated taking part in home cricket helped him keep motivated.
“When I was almost recovered, domestic cricket was going on as well. So my focus was to get fit and make a comeback and then I started the preparation for the match,” he stated.
“Before the England series, I played domestic cricket, so that it helps me get the required match practice. One shouldn’t take things lightly, while playing domestic cricket and that kept me motivated to play for India and to stay fit,” he added.
The India-Sri Lanka sequence, which was initially slated to start with the three ODIs on July 13, needed to be rescheduled after the house group’s batting coach Grant Flower and knowledge analyst G T Niroshan examined optimistic for the dreaded virus on their return from the UK tour.
The engagement, which contains three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals, will now begin from July 18.