Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced a revised group of 24 members for the ODI and T20I series against India. The Indian National Cricket Team will tackle Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series. The ODI series starts on July 18 with all six matches being played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sri Lankan cricket has been going through a lot of turmoil lately. The turbulent tide began with a contractual dispute between players in Sri Lanka and the National Cricket Board. This was followed by a meager 3-0 defeat against England away from home, and the return of the team back home was damaged with the impact of COVID-19.
Sri Lanka Cricket announces a 24-member squad for the ODI and T20I series against India
To aggravate the Lankan contingent, Kusal Perera was relieved of the captaincy and Dasun Shanaka was given the leadership of the team. Friday came another tragic news when Kusal Perera is excluded of the entire Indian ODI series and the T20I series due to a sprain in his right shoulder. Fast bowler Binura Fernando was also not excluded from the ODI series.
Now Sri Lanka Cricket has announced a revised group of 24 members for the ODI and T20I series against India. Dasun Shanaka will lead the team in both series, while Dhananjaya de Silva will be the vice-captain of the Lankan team.
– Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) 16 July 2021
Team India go as heavy favorites
Although the senior Indian cricket team is in England, a two-string Indian team traveled to Lankan Island. However, as the Lankan team suffered in the recent ODI series, the second string, against England Indian side seems like the solid favorites to win the ODI and T20I series.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Indian contingent in the absence of Virat Kohli, while Rahul Dravid will head the team in the absence of Ravi Shastri. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian pacemaker, has been named as the team’s vice-captain. Earlier, the series would start from July 13, but with several COVID cases in the Lankan contingent, the series had to be pushed further.