As Team India gears up for the upcoming Test series and World Test Championship(WTC) final in England, the white-ball specialists are also getting ready for a T20I and ODI series against neighbors Sri Lanka, at the same time.
Already a 20-member squad has been announced for the Tests, while the squad for the Lanka series is also expected to have as many members. BCCI president confirmed the same recently in an interview. This is what Sourav Ganguly had to say-
“We have planned a white ball series for the senior men’s team during the month of July where they will play T20 Internationals and ODIs in Sri Lanka. Yes, it will be a team of white-ball specialists. It will be a different team.”
India vs Sri Lanka 2021:
The T20I and ODIs will be a huge opportunity for the youngsters, and some players making a comeback, to seal their place in the squad. As some of the senior players and support staff members are busy with the England tour a new captain and coach will be appointed for the Sri Lanka tour.
Till now no official confirmation has been made from BCCI regarding the squad and support staff, still, the rumors say that the head of NCA, and coach of the U-19 and India A teams, Rahul Dravid could be sent as the coach to Lanka with the team. Shikhar Dhawan who happens to be the senior-most player in white-ball cricket, and not going to England, could be appointed skipper for the side.
This is how the predicted squad could look like– Shikhar Dhawan(c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan(wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Harshal Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rahul Tewatia.
The absence of big names will give an opportunity for other promising players to make a mark for themselves and make a strong case in front of the selectors. Some of the young uncapped players who performed exceptionally well in the IPL can make their way through the side.
Possible Venues for the Tour:
According to the officials, nothing is yet confirmed – “Nothing has been finalized yet. The BCCI is looking at multiple factors and a decision will be taken well in time.”
The Sri Lankan board has finalized the venue, all the matches will be played in Colombo at the R Premadasa Stadium. “We plan to host the entire series at one venue”– Sri Lanka Cricket’s Administrative Committee chairman Arjuna de Silva.
The BCCI will soon be announcing the schedule and the squad for the Sri Lanka tour, most probably we will get to see some new talents in the side this time.