Fresh from sweeping West Indies, India now face another side of similar strength in the form of Sri Lanka.
The Men in Blue will be without Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur – all of whom have been rested for this home assignment.
With such a key quarter absent, greater responsibility will fall on the shoulders of names such as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shreyas Iyer, who failed in the last T20I against the Windies so will be eager to put on a better showing here.
Sanju Samson and Jasprit Bumrah are also back for the home side.
Venkatesh Iyer impressed with his batting in the Windies series. If he can deliver with the ball as well, he has the potential of becoming a first-choice allrounder for Team India.
Sri Lanka have landed in India from Australia, where they recently played a five-match T20I series, losing 4-1.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, Sri Lanka were competitive in multiple games – especially the first two ones before Wanindu Hasaranga’s positive Covid result derailed the team. They still won the final T20, which was only a consolation but still.
Against Australia, it was their batting that often betrayed them, and captain Dasun Shanaka is well aware of that.
One man who did not betray the team in that series was Pathum Nissanka. Much is expected of him again in this series.
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