New Delhi. The Indian team is ready to tour Sri Lanka next month. The 20-member Indian team, led by Shikhar Dhawan, will play a series of three ODIs and three T20Is against Sri Lanka in July. The most important thing on this tour is that Rahul Dravid will be the coach of India. In the ODI rankings, India’s team is in third place while Sri Lanka is in ninth place. While talking about T20, India is at number two and Sri Lanka is at number eight. However, there will be no veteran players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant on the Sri Lanka tour. Let us tell you that in the meantime, India’s strong team under the leadership of Virat Kohli will be playing a five-Test series on the England tour. Despite not having these players, India’s team is very strong.
Rahul Dravid will be the X Factor
Currently, the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Dravid has been the coach of India ‘A’ and Under-19 teams. Dravid is going to join the senior team for the second time. Prior to this, he had gone to England in the year 2014 as the batting consultant of the Indian team. Dravid has carved most of the players who have made their debut for India in the last few years. Under the guidance of Rahul Dravid, players like Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal, Mayank Agarwal, Ishan Kishan were able to make it to the national team. Apart from this, Dravid helped Samson to get a foothold in the IPL. In such a situation, the coordination of all the Indian players is very good with Dravid. Dravid, who has experience of 509 matches in international cricket, has scored more than 24 thousand runs in his career.
Dhawan’s captaincy will be heavyThe 35-year-old Dhawan is a regular member of India’s ODI and T20 team. Currently ranked 18th in the ODI rankings, Dhawan has 142 ODI experience and has scored 5977 runs with 17 centuries. India has the option of Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw to open with Dhawan. Both the youngsters bat explosively. On the other hand, if we talk about Sri Lanka, then their captain Kusal Perera has the experience of 104 ODIs. Perera’s record is far away from Shikhar Dhawan. Both are left handed batsmen. Where Dhawan averages more than 45 in ODIs, Perera scores runs at an average of just 31. Dhawan has 17 years of experience and earned his name in the Under-19 World Cup 2004.
Bhuvneshwar will lead the fast bowling
Bhuvi, who is ranked 13th in the ODI rankings, will lead the Indian bowling. He has also been made the vice-captain of the team. Bhuvi has taken 138 wickets in 117 ODIs and 45 wickets in 48 T20 matches. There will be Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini in the team to support him. Both these players have made their debut for India. At the same time, Chetan Sakaria got a chance for the first time.
Chahal-Kuldeep pair will rock again
At one time the pair of Kuldeep Chahal and Yuzvendra Chahal had rocked in ODIs and T20s. Chahal and Kuldeep have so far taken 295 wickets in both ODIs and T20Is. Dravid can give a chance to Mumbai bowler Rahul Chahar, who has bowled tremendously in the IPL.
A dangerous all-rounder team like Hardik Pandya has
Hardik Pandya is currently one of the best all-rounders in the world. Pandya is a regular member of India’s ODI and T20 team. This time there is also Krunal Pandya to support him, who played an explosive innings in his debut T20.
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Apart from this, India has dangerous batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan. Manish Pandey is also a reliable batsman in the middle order. If we talk about Sri Lanka, then they also have most of the new players in their team. The Sri Lankan players are currently in conflict with the board. Experienced players like Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal have been shown the way out of successful ball cricket. In such a situation, the Indian team’s upper hand is heavy from all sides.