As Virat Kohli’s men are keen to restore their dismal England test record, the team led by Dhawan and coached by Dravid – the man responsible for creating the pool, will never agree to it being of a “second chain” outfit taking islanders, who cross their lowest ebb.
In the series comprising three ODIs and as many T20s, a few combinations can be expected to be experienced during a series that was delayed for five days due to fear of COVID-19 in the Sri Lankan camp .
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (week), Sanju Samson (week), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kuzvavendra, Yahal Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chetan Sakariya, Navdeep Saini.
Sri Lanka: Ail Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjaya de Silva (Vice-captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen service, Binod Bhanuka, Lahiru Air, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushanakmantha Chameera, , Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.
Expect Vijay Hazare Trophy top scorer Prithvi Shaw to open alongside Dhawan, while seniors Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should find automatic locations in the XI. However, there are several contenders for other niches. Will it be Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad for number 3? Will Suryakumar Yadav’s 360-degree punching ability be used or will Manish Pandey have one last chance to show consistency? Will Krishnappa Gowtham’s off-spins and big shots be preferred over Krunal Pandya’s left arm darts with cheeky hitting skills? How is Rahul Chahar positioned against Yuzvendra Chahal, who hasn’t been in his best form lately? And who will put on the big gloves? Is it Rahul Dravid’s protégé, Sanju Samson, or the mercurial man of the Mumbai Indians, Ishan Kishan, who can really pack a punch?
When will the India vs Sri Lanka playoffs start?
The India vs Sri Lanka series kicks off on July 18 with the first ODI.
What time will the first ODI India vs Sri Lanka start?
India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI will start at 3:00 PM IST. The draw will take place on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Where is India playing against Sri Lanka 1st ODI?
India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
How to watch the live broadcast of 1st ODI India vs Sri Lanka?
Sony Sport will broadcast the India Vs Sri Lanka series live in India. You can also follow all live India Tour of Sri Lanka scores, ball-by-ball commentary and live updates at IndianExpress.com.