Sri Lanka Cricket Team is all set to lock horns against India in the 1st T20I match starting from 3rd January. The Island nations would be keen to register their maiden T20I Series win in India. Sri Lanka will have a strenuous task on their hands as the way Hardik Pandya led India during New Zealand T20Is, we can expect a riveting series.
With the senior batters Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma not a part of the T20I Series, the likes of Shubman Gill & Ishan Kishan have a great chance to make a case for themselves. The Men in Blue will have to be spot-on with their game plan as Sri Lanka hold a slight edge over India as they have a lot of all-rounders.
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Kumar Sangakkara on Hardik Pandya
Kumar Sangakkara was having an interaction with Star Sports and was asked about Hardik Pandya. “There is no doubt that his leadership is excellent and we all saw that in IPL. Now he has to melt that with on-field captaincy at national level. He has all qualities to be a leader although you don’t necessarily need to be a captain to be a leader.” said Kumar Sangakkara.
Now captaincy on the field can be a different thing. To read moments, win moments and strategize, you have to be sharp, and I think Hardik has all ingredients to be a good captain. Hardest part is to inspire, talk and manage his players in a group together to play with a vision and rest will come with experience, captaining in close games.” he added.
Intriguing Contest on Cards
India & Sri Lanka have a fascinating rivalry as the two nations can be seen playing with each other quite frequently. Earlier in the year, the Men in Blue dominated Sri Lanka in the T20I Series. We should not forget that Sri Lanka outplayed India in the Asia Cup 2022 group stage match.
It would be interesting to see whether Rahul Tripathi gets a game as the batter has been a force to reckon with in IPL & domestic circuit. Head Coach Rahul Dravid will have a strenuous task on his hands as the team hasn’t been able to close the matches easily.