The long-awaited The Indian tour through Sri Lanka begins on July 18 with a three-match ODI series, followed by three T20Is from 25 July. So many senior cricketers are currently in the UK (UK) for the upcoming Test series against Englandon the Lankan Tour, many youngsters will show off their skills and talent in the limited over.
Before the series, many connoisseurs and experts of the fascinating game began to announce their ideal XI for Team India. After the train carriage, former Indian international VVS Laxman and Irfan Pathan also shared their last XI for the ‘Men in Blue’.
Start with Laxman, select the cricketer of Hyderabad Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw as openers. For the middle order he goes along Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey. Similarly, the 46-year-old Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) opted for the all-rounders.
Among the bowlers, Laxman chose the old school ‘Kulcha’ – Kuldeep Yadava and Yuzvendra Chahal as spinners. For the pacemakers, the former batsman from Lancashire went along Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.
‘Well, it’s a very detailed group, a 20-man. But I will go with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, the No. 3 batsman, would be Suryakumar Yadav. At No. 4 Sanju Samson will be in one-day matches, No. 5 will be Manish Pandey, at No. 6 I will go with Hardik Pandya, No. 7 Krunal Pandya. I will have two fast bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar, and two spinners will be Kuldeep and Chahal. This is my ODI XI, ” Laxman told Star Sports.
Here is VVS Laxman’s India XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
On the same show, Irfan also chose his India XI. The born Vadodara made only one change in the team his former teammate selected. In place of Krunal, Irfan along with Nitish Rana as a specialist batsman. The 36-year-old believed that if Hardik could bowl, India would have the freedom to include another batsman.
‘Only one change I would like, Hardik Pandya bowls, so I will have him as a versatile player, another batsman I will add – Nitish Rana in place of Krunal. Apart from that, because I would like to see Hardik Pandya bowl quite a few overs, ” says Irfan.
Here is Irfan Pathan’s India XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.