A bunch of contemporary faces can 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.
Profitable any worldwide sequence can be paramount however one can anticipate a couple of combos being tried out throughout a sequence which bought delayed by 5 days as a consequence of COVID-19 scare within the Sri Lankan camp. The sequence contains three ODIs and as many T20s.
Dasun Shanaka is their 10th captain in 4 years and barring a cultured batsman like Dhananjaya de Silva and a gentle pacer in Dishmantha Chameera, this crew lacks high quality to problem the would possibly of Indian crew led by Shikhar Dhawan.
The suspension of Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella as a consequence of bio-bubble breach in UK together with harm to former skipper Kusal Perera places Sri Lanka in a good spot. If they’ll handle to win one recreation, that can be an achievement in itself after a disastrous tour of England.
Anticipate Prithvi Shaw, Vijay Hazare Trophy’s prime scorer to open alongside Dhawan, whereas seniors Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are anticipated to search out automated slots within the enjoying XI.
Nevertheless there are a number of contender for different slots.
Will it’s Devdutt Padikkal or Ruturaj Gaikwad for No three slot? Will Suryakumar Yadav’s 360 diploma hitting capability be used or Manish Pandey get a ultimate likelihood to point out some consistency?
Will Krishnappa Gowtham’s off-spin and massive hits be most well-liked over Krunal Pandya’s left-arm darts together with cheeky batting expertise? How is Rahul Chahar positioned in opposition to Yuzvendra Chahal, who hasn’t been in better of types of late?
And who will don the large 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 crew administration in the course of the subsequent 11 days in Colombo.
India’s bench power has been a matter of envy for all prime cricketing nations and has allowed two nationwide groups to compete in numerous components of the globe in COVID instances.
Whereas Virat Kohli’s males are eager to set their dismal Check document in England straight, the crew led by Dhawan and coached by Dravid — the person chargeable for creating the pool, won’t ever settle for that this can be a “second string” outfit taking over islanders, who’re going via their lowest ebb.
A crew that has Dhawan and Shaw on the prime 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 will be something however pushovers.
A few of these 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 recreation time.
Whereas there are six uncapped gamers on this Indian line-up, Dravid had just lately made it clear that it will likely be troublesome to supply recreation time to all of the obtainable payers.
It’s anticipated that each Dravid and Dhawan could be consulting with Ravi Shastri and Kohli on what they’d be in search of from the assortment of gamers obtainable with them.
One factor is crystal clear. There aren’t many slots obtainable within the Indian crew for the T20 World Cup and it might want some out of the world present from the rookies with a view to discover a slot within the UAE certain crew.
Among the many newcomers, Varun Chakravarthy, who in all probability can be completely used within the shortest format, has a great likelihood of creating the World T20 minimize and Chetan Sakariya’s left-arm seam bowling is an choice they want to have a look at.
Chahal and Kuldeep, the pair who may do no mistaken 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.
Nevertheless, 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 prime and the skipper himself want to reassert his supremacy in each codecs.
Ditto for Buvneshwar, who want 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.