The much-anticipated limited-overs leg between India and Sri Lanka finally began on Sunday. Sri Lanka cricket announced their white-ball squad after too many distractions behind the scenes, with Dasun Shanaka replaced Kusal Perera as the skipper. Meanwhile, India’s loose bowling in the first few overs came under the spotlight after Sri Lanka opted to bat after winning the toss in the opening ODI.
Reportedly, the men in blue has the worst bowling average in the first ten overs of the innings since 2020. India has recorded an awful bowling average of 123.50, managing only six wickets and maintaining an economy rate of 6.17. In fact, Zimbabwe, which is the lowest-ranked side amongst full-member nations fares better with 59.16.
Sri Lanka stands fourth with 46.16, while New Zealand has the best bowling average with 24. India had indeed faired poorly on a few occasions since 2020 as Australia, England, and New Zealand have plundered their bowling unit by stitching a whirlwind stand within ten overs.
India hand Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan ODI debuts in the first ODI against Sri Lanka:
Meanwhile, the Indian team gave Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan their maiden ODI caps against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Yadav and Kishan already sizzled in their maiden T20I appearances earlier this year against England after shining for the Mumbai Indians.
Suryakumar Yadav is likely to bat at number three, while Ishan Kishan could come at number five. The hosts, who chose to bat first, have made a steady start as Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka have neutralized the new-ball bowling threats of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.