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IND vs SL: 3 Sri Lankan Players Who Can Cause Trouble For Team India In T20 Series.  Sri Lanka is set to tour India for a multi-format series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, an ODI and T20I series will be played. The T20I series comprises three matches. The ODI IND vs SL series will also witness three games.

The T20I series between IND vs SL will be played first followed by the ODI series. During IND vs SL 2023 series, the three T20I games will take place on January 3, 5, and 7. The three ODI games are scheduled to take place on January 10, 12, and 15.

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Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Both teams have announced their squads for the series. Rohit Sharma is the captain of India in the ODI series. Hardik Pandya is the skipper of India in the T20I series. For Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka is the captain of the team in both the ODI and T20I series.

Dasun Shanaka with Asia Cup 2022
Dasun Shanaka with Asia Cup 2022 (Photo: Twitter)

India last played an ODI and Test series against Bangladesh in December 2022. During the away series, India played 3 ODIs and 2 Tests with Bangladesh. The Indian team lost the ODI series 1-2 but won the Test series 2-0.

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Meanwhile, In February 2022, Sri Lanka has already toured India. The Sri Lankan team played an all-format series against India in February-March 2022. The visitors got thrashed by the Indians in all formats of the game.

India won the Test series 2-0 & T20I Series 3-0. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup 2022 in the T20I format but as far as ODIs are concerned, they won against Australia 3-2 but drew against Afghanistan 1-1 in bilateral series at home.

India Squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Mavi, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar

India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL
India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL Image Source: Twitter

Sri Lanka Squad for India T20Is: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara

IND vs SL: 3 Sri Lankan Players Who Can Cause Trouble For Team India In T20 Series

Maheesh Theekshana

Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana Image Source: Twitter

A mystery spinner from Sri Lanka made his way in IPL 2022 as the Chennai Super Kings bought him for INR 70 lakhs at the 2022 Mega Auction. KKR and CSK both showed interest in the then-21-year-old youngster, but it was the CSK who bagged him into their camp.

Referred to as the next mystery sensation in Sri Lankan cricket, he picked up 12 wickets in 9 games for CSK in IPL 2022 in an otherwise disappointing campaign where CSK finished at the second last spot.  At 22, the off-spinner is called the copy of Ajantha Mendis.

He was retained by CSK before IPL 2023. He debuted in late 2021 against South Africa in T20Is and picked 31 wickets in 32 T20Is averaging 25.87 including 9 scalps in 8 T20Is in T20 World Cup 2022. He may cause trouble to Indian batters in the middle overs in the IND vs SL T20I series.

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