The Indian cricket team will be present in two different parts of the world at the same time and will come on the field for different formats.
The Indian cricket team is leaving for the United Kingdom (UK) next month. Here, Team India will play the final of ICC World Test Championship from 18 June to 22 June. Then will start the Test series against England from 4 August. Between these two matches, Team India will also play ODI and T20 series away from England and near their own home. In July, the Indian team will go on the Sri Lanka Tour and will play both these series there. It may be surprising that in the current situation, what does it mean to go to England and then return to Sri Lanka and then go back to England? So let us tell you that this is not going to happen and the Indian team against Sri Lanka will go without captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma only.
The real strength of the bench strength of the Indian cricket team has been seen in the last few months. From Tests to ODIs and T20s, India has fielded many new players and has also achieved success. Since then, such things have been happening that Team India can field two strong teams at the same time. And now this thing is going to be true as well.
Sri Lanka’s team of limited overs experts will go
On Sunday 9 May, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Sourav Ganguly surprised everyone by informing that Team India will go to Sri Lanka tour in the month of July, where 3 ODIs and 5 T20 matches will be played. The board president and former Indian captain made it clear that a different team will be sent for this limited overs series from the team that went on tour to England. He said, “It will be a team of white ball (limited overs) specialists. It will be different from the team that went on the England tour. ”
Apparently the Indian team has a whole army of many experienced and many new players, which can create a strong playing XI. The purpose of the board behind this series is to identify the players for the upcoming T20 World Cup and mold them into match practice so that all the players are ready in October-November.
Opening pair decided, but there are more contenders
In such a situation, if you look at the Indian players, then there will be many such big names, who are out of the Test team, but are part of the limited overs team. The team’s regular opener Shikhar Dhawan will be on this tour and will probably also captain. Prithvi Shaw is scheduled to be sent with him, so that Prithvi can maintain his form and be ready to return to international cricket. Apart from these, Karnataka’s young batsman Devdutt Padikkal and Maharashtra opener Rituraj Gaikwad can also get a chance in the team as an opener.
These men will handle middle orders
There are also many options in the middle order. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are important names. Both of them had made a great debut in the T20 series against England and now they can be tried in ODIs. Also, fitness of Shreyas Iyer will also be watched. If he is fit, then he will be a part of the team. Also, there can be contenders for captaincy. Hardik Pandya will also be a part of this team. Apart from these, Dinesh Karthik can also be included as an experienced batsman, while Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson are also big contenders.
The strongest battle between spinners
At the same time, this tour will prove to be the most important for the spinners. The Indian team is looking for good spinners in limited overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been completely ineffective in the last few times. Chahal is sure to get a chance, while Kuldeep’s hopes will be set on this. To face them, new faces like Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Varun Chakraborty, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal and Ravi Bishnoi would like to show their influence on this tour.
Mix of experience and youth in fast bowling
Finally bowled fast bowling. Everyone was shocked when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not selected for the England tour. In such a situation, he will take command of the team’s bowling in this tour. His fitness is the most important for the team. He can also be a contender for captaincy. Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, young bowler Karthik Tyagi, T Natarajan are certain to join him to support him. Also, there are options like Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Ishan Porel and Shivam Mavi.