After winning the T20I series against West Indies, Team India will now try to carry their form in three-match series against Sri Lanka. India and Sri Lanka will play three T20Is and two Tests, with the first match of the series to be played in Lucknow on Thursday.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer will get to show their capabilities as Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur have been rested for the series against Sri Lanka . Both the players failed in the third T20I against West Indies, but they would hope that they impress against Sri Lanka.
Sanju Samson has also been included into the squad and it would be interesting to see whether the management gives him chance to play. Spinner Ravi Bishnoi also impressed in his maiden T20I series and he will look to march ahead with the momentum.
Jasprit Bumrah is also back for the series against Sri Lanka and the bowling attack will get strengthened further. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed what he is capable of in the series against Windies and that emerged as a big positive.
However, the highlight over the last week has been Venkatesh Iyer. The way he has played to finish off matches for India has been a big sign and if he manages to improve his bowling, the management can have a world-class all-rounder.
Talking about Sri Lanka, the side suffered a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Australia and the side was let down by batting time and again. Skipper Dasun Shanaka would hope that the batting side gets the act together and is able to give a fight to Team India.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Avesh Khan.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kamil Mishara, Janith Liyanage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Shiran Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl