With as many as five uncapped players receiving the nod for India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka and Shikhar Dhawan picked to lead the side, it was not a surprise from the BCCI. It was already on the cards as India’s several first-choice players would be busy plying their trade in Test cricket in England. India’s tour of Sri Lanka comprises of three ODIs and as many T20Is, set to occur in Colombo from the 13th to the 25th of July.
It would also be the first time that the Indian team sends two separate outfits at the same time to different continents. For some time now, the men in blue have produced an enormous amount of international level cricketers, who get match ready by playing in the Indian Premier League and the various domestic tournaments. Thus, even with the first-choice players missing, the tourists should fancy their chances in Sri Lanka.
We take a look at India’s strongest playing XI in the ODI series against Sri Lanka:
Shikhar Dhawan (c):
Shikhar Dhawan, India’s stand-in captain, has been quite consistent in the One-day international format. Shikhar Dhawan had been in sublime form in the first leg of IPL 2021, accumulating 380 runs in eight matches and delivering the Delhi Capitals outstanding starts with Prithvi Shaw. The southpaw mainly stayed calm during run chases.
Shikhar Dhawan also fared well against England in the recent ODI series at home, scoring 169 runs in three ODIs at a healthy average of 56. With the additional responsibility of captaincy in place, the 35-year old should be able to produce the required goods more consistently.