New Delhi: Six uncapped players in the squad could make it look like India has come with an inexperienced squad for the white ball series against Sri Lanka, but vice tour captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar says it doesn’t is not the case because everyone has the required confidence thanks to IPL.
With major stars like skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma in England for an upcoming round of testing, the Indian team for the series against Sri Lanka is led by opener Shikhar Dhawan and includes half a dozen players. not capped.
Many of them impressed in the suspended Indian Premier League and were rewarded with their first call-up in India. They include Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakaria, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Varun Chakravarthy.
“We have good players and they have IPL experience, they are young but they have IPL experience, they have played T20 for so many years and they have done well for their teams.” Bhuvneshwar said on Star Sport ‘Follow the Blues’. ‘
“So it will be good for the team that they have the trust of IPL and that they are young and talented, there is a good mix with the experienced players and it will be a good tour.
“The young players who came for their first tour and who came after doing well in IPL, so if they succeed here it will be great for their confidence,” he added.
The senior athlete suffered a thigh muscle injury during last year’s IPL which excluded him from the league as well as the Australian tour.
The bowler made a return to the national team after a lengthy injury absence in the limited home series against England in March. He said playing domestic cricket has helped him stay motivated.
“When I was almost recovered, national cricket was going on as well. So my goal was to get back in shape and make a comeback and then I started preparing for the match,” he said.
“Before the English series I was playing national cricket which helps me get the required match training. You shouldn’t take it lightly while playing national cricket and it motivated me to play for India and stay in shape, ”he said. added.
The India-Sri Lanka series, which was originally scheduled to start with all three ODIs on July 13, had to be rescheduled after home team batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan tested positive for the dreaded virus on their return from the UK. to visit.
The engagement, which includes three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals, will now begin from July 18.