Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

Indian Cricket Team is all set to clash against Sri Lanka for a 3 T20I match series starting from 3rd January (Tuesday). Hardik Pandya has been named the skipper for the Series. The likes of Rishabh Pant & Virat Kohli astonishingly aren’t a part of the squad.

Sri Lanka hasn’t won a T20I Series in India and would be keen to make a mark against the Men in Blue. The Island nation would be well aware of the fact that they cannot take the Indian side lightly as the team looks like a formidable one even in the absence of star players.

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Sri Lanka National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Saba Karim on Virat Kohli

Saba Karim was having an interaction with India News Sports and was asked about Virat Kohli. “Virat Kohli’s exclusion came as a big surprise. He was given a particular role in T20Is, and he was exceptional in that. We would have lost to Pakistan if he hadn’t been there at the T20 World Cup. He is one such player who has given the team great stability in the format. Apart from Kohli, all the other absentees have missed out due to their underwhelming performances,”  said Saba Karim.

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Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Fascinating Series on Cards

It won’t be wrong to say that it would be a battle between Sri Lanka’s spinners vs Indian batters. The Island nation have got a lot of variety in its spin department where they can bamboozle the opponent. Sri Lanka should use Hasaranga cautiously as his 4 overs are quite decisive.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Pic Credits: Twitter

It would be interesting to see whether Sanju Samson get a chance in the playing 11 as the batter has been in & out of the side.  The Men in Blue can’t make the mistake of taking Sri Lanka lightly as in the 2022 Asia Cup they had thrashed India against all odds.

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