Shekhar Dhawan will lead India in the limited series matches against Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to start on July 13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed as his deputy.
With Virat Kohli’s men busy in England, a young Indian team will play three ODI matches and several T20Is in the island nation, and on Thursday, young national picks Chetan Sakariya, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana and Ruturaj Gaikwad on the team along with seasoned activists – Bovneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya.
While Padikkal was a consistent player in the domestic circuit and the Indian Premier League, Saurashtra Sakarya dreamed of running in the IPL, where he played for the Rajasthan Royals. And his hard work paid off because he got an initial call.
Ishaan Burrell, Sandeep Warrior, Archdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Semarjit Singh have been named network players.
As I mentioned first sports starsAll matches will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Indian team will arrive in Sri Lanka on June 28 and will be subject to a tough quarantine until July 1, after which they will be allowed in a soft quarantine, with the option to practice. Once the seven-day quarantine is over, the team can train from June 5.
While BCCI has yet to officially announce a coach, it is believed Rahul Dravid will travel with the team as head coach, along with NCA teammates – including Paras Mhambrey.
India squad: Shekhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdot Padikal, Rotoraj Gaekwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishaan Kishan (wicket keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket keeper), Yosvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahal Goutham, Kronal Pandey Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhoveneshwar Kumar (Vice Captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakarya.
net shooters: Ishan Burrell, Sandeep Warrier, Archdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Semarjit Singh.
ODI series: 13, 16 and 18 July (all day and night games)
T20I series: July 21, 23 and 25 (night games)