1st T20 match of Nidahas trophy will be played on tomorrow at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Some star players of team India like–Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for this series. Rohit Sharma is leading the Blue army, while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has appointed as a Vice-captain for this series. Some fresh players might get a chance to make their debut in INTL Cricket. Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj, Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, have all been repaid with another chance at the International level. Siraj had gotten his chance earlier in South Africa tour, but it is time for a fresh start.
Young Captain, Dinesh Chandimal is going to lead Sri Lanka in this Nidahas Trophy. In middle-order batting set Thisara Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, and Upul Tharanga will join the team at the first match of Nidahas Trophy against India. Sri Lanka most trusted artillery Angelo Mathews has been ruled out from this series due to injuries, which means Kusal Perera have a big load on his shoulders.
Sri Lanka Squad: Dinesh Chandimal(c), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera
Keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik might get a chance to perform and complete the fulfilment of MS Dhoni, who has been rested for this series. Suspense is mainly on the playing of Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar because they do not have so much experience as compare to Lokesh Rahul and Manish Pandey. Pant’s current form in India’s T20 domestic season, where he cracked four fifties and a hundred across the Zonal T20 League, and the consequent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy has got him back in the judgment of picking in Indian Squad.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant
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