India will carry a second-string squad to Sri Lanka for six white-ball matches – 3 ODIs (on July 13, 16, 18), and 3 T20Is (July 21, 23, 25) – as several first-choice players are on the tour of England.
Senior batsman Shikhar Dhawan will captain the side, and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as his deputy. Former captain Rahul Dravid will fill in for Ravi Shastri as the head coach for the tour. A number of youngsters have been given their maiden India call-ups to the national squad, while a few players are been recalled as well.
Here we look at what could be India’s best XI for the T20Is against Sri Lanka:
Shikhar Dhawan (C)
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India for the first time in his career. The left-hander has been in brilliant form the last couple of IPL seasons. In the IPL 2020, in the UAE, he aggregated 618 runs at a strike rate of 144.73; in the truncated-IPL 2021, he is the leading run-scorer currently, with 380 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 134.27.
While Dhawan was recently dropped from the T20I eleven in the home series against England, his improved strike rate in the IPL is an indication of the marked improvements he has made in his game and approach.