T20 series against Sri Lanka from today, new players will get a chance, India’s upper hand

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Lucknow: The number of contenders for a place in Team India for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year has increased. Therefore, India will not shy away from trying out different options in the three-match T20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka starting today.

Virat, Rishabh and Rahul rested
In the absence of all the three established players, the upcoming three matches will surely give more chances to the likes of Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson. In Virat’s absence, Shreyas Iyer will get an opportunity to play more overs and score big scores to cement his place in the middle order.

Face to face
Total Matches – 22 India Won – 14 Sri Lanka Won – 7 No Result – 1

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Chance for Ruturaj, SamsonRuturaj and Shreyas missed the third T20I against West Indies and would like to make up for it against Sri Lanka. Venkatesh Iyer played the role of ‘finisher’ well against West Indies. If he can improve his bowling a bit, then India will have a great all-rounder for the World Cup. Sanju Samson has also been included in the squad and it will be interesting to see where the team management fits him in the playing XI.

Bumrah, Jadeja will returnThe return of Jasprit Bumrah in the fast bowling department will strengthen the Indian attack. Together with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Siraj, he will lead a strong fast bowling attack. On the other hand, the arrival of spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is recovering from injury, will add more depth to the batting. Coach Rahul Dravid recently said that he and Rohit have a fairly clear picture of the team combination for the World Cup.

Hasranga will be missedAs far as Sri Lanka is concerned, they had to face a 1-4 loss against Australia recently. His batsmen were not able to perform as expected in any match. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be hopeful that his batsmen will do well on Indian pitches in favorable conditions. In the bowling department, Sri Lanka will miss leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga who is yet to recover from the COVID-19 infection.

Suryakumar also outIn-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav will miss the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka due to a hand injury. Apart from this, fast bowler Deepak Chahar will also not be able to play in this series. Deepak suffered a muscle strain in his right leg while bowling during the third T20I against West Indies while Suryakumar got injured while fielding.

India’s Probable Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Rohit Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah

Probable Playing XI of Sri Lanka: Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Janith Lianage, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dusmantha Chamira, Praveen Jayavikrama, Mahish Teekshana, Lahiru Kumara

[Attribution to NBT]

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