Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Image Credits: Twitter)

The Wankhede Stadium is set to host a white-ball game between India and Sri Lanka in January 2023. It will be the first international white-ball match played at the iconic venue since the onset of COVID-19. Team India will host Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia in their home season before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season.

The last time a white-ball international game was played at the venue was in March 2020, when India played an ODI against Australia, which ended in a 10-wicket win for the hosts. The last international match at the ground was the second Test between India and New Zealand in late 2021 when Ajaz Patel famously took all ten wickets in an innings and the Indian team won by a record 372-run margin.

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Wankhede in Mumbai
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Image Credits: Twitter)

It Could Be A T20I Or An ODI

“The Mumbai Cricket Association has halted the outfield renovation for now due to this reason. It could be a T20I or an ODI. We will know later this week,” a reliable source told TOI on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three T20Is in India as part of their first overseas series since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. The Dasun Shanaka-led team recently drew the ODI series against Afghanistan at home.

India have won 10 of the 19 matches they have played in the 50-over format at the Wankhede Stadium. However, they have lost three consecutive games at the venue, with their last win coming in 2015. The Men in Blue have won two of the four T20Is played at this venue. Their most recent loss here was a seven-wicket loss against the West Indies in 2016.

With India hosting the ODI World Cup late next year, ODIs at home are set to take precedence over the next 10-12 months. The white-ball series against Sri Lanka is the first step in India’s preparations for the marquee event.

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