The ODI series between Sri Lanka and India is all set to begin on July 17, after an initial delay. It may be hailed as a second-string Indian side touring the neighbouring country but the team has players like Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw, amongst others, who have a chance of becoming regulars in Team India’s limited-overs team, along with making it to the T20 World Cup squad.
This series could be a good tester for these players who are on the fringes of the national team. At the same time, the Sri Lankan side is going through a tough transition period, but the Lankan lions still have some players who could prove to be the x-factors in this series.
Let’s find out more about these players.
SURYAKUMAR YADAV (India)
In the absence of Virat Kohli, the team is looking for a number three position batter. This is where the likes of Suryakumar Yadav comes in. He can fit perfectly into that number three spot or even drop down in the middle order to take the role of a finisher. If Surya gets his preferred number three spot, then expect some massive scores from the Mumbaikar.
DASUN SHANAKA (Sri Lanka)
After a standoff between the Sri Lankan board and the senior players, it has been reported that Dasun Shanaka is set to be named as the Sri Lankan white-ball captain. He’ll be replacing Kusal Perara who himself got the job earlier this year. Shanaka has been one of the standout performers for Sri Lanka in what has been a difficult couple of years. Under his leadership, the team would be looking to get through this transition period smoothly.
PRITHVI SHAW (India)
The star of the Vijay Hazare Trophy was Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw. The opening batter has been smashing all sorts of batting records since his childhood but with the latest instalment of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he took his consistent run-scoring habit to a whole new level. He became the first cricketer in India to score 800 runs in a single edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
He carried his great form in the 2021 Indian T20 League and finished amongst the highest run-getters until the competition was called off. He should be India’s first-choice opening batter along with a familiar face of Shikhar Dhawan at the other end for this series.
WANINDU HASARANGA (Sri Lanka)
In what was a miserable tour of England for Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga was probably the only bright spot. The 23-year-old all-rounder was amongst some runs in that series and would be hoping to score big in familiar conditions back home. He bowls more than handy aggressive leg-spin as well, which Team India needs to be careful of in this series.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (India)
Talking about leg-spin, we cannot not mention the name of India’s Yuzvendra Chahal. The leggie has had a lean patch in the last few years and there are major questions about his spot in the limited-overs team. There are two promising spinners in Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy in this squad who could push for that spot in the Indian team. Chahal, however, has vowed to have an impact on this series and has promised a more confident showing in these matches.
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