India is set to battle against Sri Lanka in an away tour next month in July. The Indian squad, led by Sikhar Dhawan, will compete in an ODI and T20I series. The India vs Sri Lanka ODI series will commence on July 13 with the 1st game. The 2nd and 3rd ODI will take place on July 16 and 18 respectively. The India vs Sri Lanka T20I series will consist of 3 matches, to be played from July 21 to July 25.
Since many senior Indian players are currently staying in England for India vs England 5-Match Test series in August-September, a different squad has been prepared for the Sri Lanka tour. It comprises some experienced players like Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya. Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Some young and uncapped players are also part of the squad. There will be few players who might not get a selection in the playing XI during India vs Sri Lanka ODI series. Here we talk about 5 such players who might be benched throughout the Sri Lanka ODI series.
5 Indian Players Who Might Be Benched Throughout The Sri Lanka ODI Series
Ruturaj Gaikwad might be benched throughout India vs Sri Lanka ODI series. The Maharashtra cricketer is an opening batsman. The right-handed batsman has played few good knocks for Chennai Super Kings in the last two IPL seasons. In IPL 2021, he piled up 196 runs in 7 games with 2 fifties.
However, the squad already consists of brilliant openers like Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Both these players were phenomenal during IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals. Therefore, it is less likely that Ruturaj Gaikwad will get a chance to open in the ODI series.