On Thursday the BCCI announced India’s 20-man squad, plus five reserves, for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July. The tour comprises six matches: three ODIs (on July 13, 16 and 18), followed by three T20Is (July 21, 23, 25), all to be played in Colombo.
The squad is a second-string squad since most of the first-choice players are in England for the Test assignments – WTC final against New Zealand from June 18, followed by a 5-Test series against England starting in August.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been named as the captain of the side, with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy. Former India captain Rahul Dravid will fill in for Ravi Shastri as the head coach for the tour. As the first-choice players will be in England, plenty of youngsters have been named in the squad – 5 of whom have received their maiden India call-up.
5 Players who received maiden India call-up for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka:
On the back of brilliant performances in the IPL and in domestic matches, Devdutt Padikkal has forced his selection in India’s white-ball squad. Opening for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the left-hander made his IPL debut last season in the UAE, where he amassed 473 runs with the help of 5 fifties; he followed it up with another promising season this year – before the tournament was suspended, Padikkal had scored 195 runs in 6 matches, including a game against the Rajasthan Royals where he notched up his maiden IPL ton.
Between the two IPLs, the Karnataka opener had a record-breaking Vijay Hazare Trophy – he became the first Indian to hit four consecutive List A centuries, and tallied a total of 737 runs at an average of 147 in the tournament. Although Prithvi Shaw, who has earned a recall to the national setup on the back of his own scintillating form, is likely to partner Shikhar Dhawan at the top, an India debut for Padikkal could be possible as well.