New Delhi. Indian team for Sri Lanka tour has been announced. Under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan, Team India will play a series of three ODIs and three T20 matches in Sri Lanka next month. The BCCI has selected a 20-member Indian team for this tour and has made fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the vice-captain. Apart from this, five net bowlers have also been added to the Indian team. Shreyas Iyer will not be part of the Sri Lanka tour due to injury, while Jaydev Unadkat and Rahul Tewatia have not found a place in the team. India has also sent a 20-man team on the tour of England. That is, the names of Unadkat and Teotia are not in the top 40 players of India.
Jaydev Unadkat has no chance even after three years
29-year-old fast bowler Unadkat made his Test debut for India in 2010 against South Africa. This left-arm bowler has also played seven ODIs and 10 T20 matches for India, but after the year 2018, he has not been included in Team India. Unadkat has a tremendous record in first class and T20 cricket. This bowler has taken 327 wickets in 89 first class matches and 182 wickets in 150 T20 matches. In the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy, Jaydev was Unadkat’s 67-wicket-taker and managed to make his team Saurashtra the first Ranji champions. Playing for Rajasthan Royals in the first leg of IPL 2021, Unadkat took four wickets in four matches. Indian selectors have expressed confidence in Chetan Sakariya for Rajasthan Royals in place of Unadkat.
Jaydev Unadkat played the only Test match in 2010 (PIC: PTI)
In an interview only last month, Unadkat had said that the next three-four years see himself at the pinnacle of his game. At the same time, the continuous neglect of the Indian team selectors will not stop them from doing better than their potential. Unadkat said, ‘When I did not get a place in the team against Australia, I thought it was right, because then everyone in the team was fit. But later when most of the players got hurt and the cricketers who were given a chance in their place, I realized that I should have got a chance too. Unadkat was hopeful that he would get a place in Team India for the five-match Test series against England, but he did not find a place in the standby cricketers either.
Tevatia was selected in Team India only three months ago
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Rahul Teotia’s performance in IPL 2020 caught everyone’s attention. For this reason, Tewatia was selected for the series of five T20 matches against England in March this year. Although this leg-spinner did not get a chance to play a single match. After this, Tewatia could not maintain his form in the IPL. In the first seven matches of IPL 2021, this bowler was successful in taking only two wickets.
Rahul Teotia represents Rajasthan Royals team in IPL. (Video Grab/Instagram)
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya are included in the team as all-rounders, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar have got a chance as leg-spinners. Chahal is India’s regular T20 and ODI bowler while Chahar has bowled tremendously in this IPL.
Team India for Sri Lanka tour Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Krishnappa Gautam, Krunal Pandya , Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Chetan Sakaria.
net bowler- Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore and Simarjit Singh.
India’s tour of Sri Lanka
3 ODIs and 3 T20 matches will be played between India and Sri Lanka. The first match of the ODI series will be played on July 13, the second ODI on 16 and the third match will be played on July 18. After this, Team India will play the first match of the T20 series on July 21. The second match will be held on 23 July and the third T20 match on 25 July. All matches will be played at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.