Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Image Credit: Twitter)

An array of former India cricketers have been appointed in the commentary panel for the forthcoming white-ball series between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo. Starting July 13, a second-string Indian team will take on the hosts in 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

The two limited-overs series will be aired on different channels of the SONY Networks, and the commentary will be done in 4 different languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Veteran commentator Sanjay Manjrekar will be one of the voices to be heard in the English commentary, alongside are Ajit Agarkar and Ajay Jadeja with renowned Sports Broadcaster Matt Floyd.

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammad Kaif, Vivek Razdan, Amit Mishra, Saba Karim along with host Arjun Pandit will be bringing the fans the Hindi coverage of the series.

The Tamil commentary box comprises Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, WV Raman, Vidhyut Sivaramakrishnan, T Arasu, and S Seshadri; and commentary in Telugu will be done by Venkatapathy Raju, Gnaneshwar Rao, C Venkatesh, RJ Hemanth, Sandeep Kumar, and Vijay Mahavadi.

SONY TEN 1 and SONY SIX will air the series in English, SONY TEN 3 in Hindi, and on the newly launched SONY TEN 4 will present the viewers with Tamil and Telugu commentary as well as it will be streamed live on its on-demand OTT platform SonyLIV.

The key goal for everyone in the squad is to try and win the series: Rahul Dravid

Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan will be leading the side in absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma; Bhuvneshwar Kumar is named his deputy, while former India batting legend and head of NCA, Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach for this tour.

There are several young players called up to the squad, a few making a comeback in the white-ball team as well. Rahul Dravid, though, said that the main goal of the contingent is to win the series and therefore they will be putting their best available Indian eleven on the field.

India, Sri Lanka
Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid [Image- BCCI]

“So like you said, rightly there are a lot of people in the squad who are pushing for places or looking to cement their places in the sort of T20 World Cup. But the key goal for everyone in the squad and in the team is to try and win the series, we have had discussions around it,” Dravid said during the team’s pre-departure press conference.

“That is the primary objective. We are going out there to win the series, hopefully, people get the opportunity to put in good performances in the course of us trying to win the series, and knock the doors of the selectors,” he added.

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