India vs Sri Lanka 2021: Shikhar Dhawan to lead, Rahul Dravid to head coach
Team India is all set to travel to Sri Lanka next month for a limited-overs contest. It would comprise three One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals each. Meanwhile, India would field a second-string side, with the main team in England.
While the main Indian squad is in England, preparing for its Test campaign, a second-string side would travel to Sri Lanka next month for a limited-overs campaign. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced a 20-man squad for the tour on Thursday.
Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan would be leading the side in both formats. It would mark Dhawan's debut as the Indian skipper. In the meantime, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed as Dhawan's deputy (vice-captain).
The squad also has five debutants: Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya. Meanwhile, Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore and Simarjeet Singh have been roped in as the net bowlers and could also act as injury replacements.
As for the support staff, BCCI did not announce it. However, ESPNCricinfo confirms that National Cricket Academy head coach Rahul Dravid would be coaching the side in the island nation.
The tour kick starts with the ODIs, to be played on July 13, 16 and 18, followed by the T20Is on 21, 23 and 25. All the matches would be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, while it is unclear whether the games would be played behind closed doors or with a limited crowd.
India squad for SL ODIs and T20Is: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Chetan Sakariya.
Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore and Simarjeet Singh.
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