Sri Lanka found a consolation victory to end the ODI series with. But before the optimistic fellas go gallivanting hand them any sort of edge for the T20Is, they should know that India were severely handicapped in the ODI series and were missing almost their entire first-choice eleven.
In the T20Is, they will have to battle with the crème de la crème of the Indian Premier League. That task will be made double difficult by the absence of their key duo Danushka Gunathilaka and Wanindu Hasaranga, the former of whom is suspended due to a bubble breach in England and the latter is out injured.
If that wasn’t enough, here is Sri Lanka’s recent T20I record. Of their previous 13 T20Is, they have won just one. The only won they won was against the West Indies on a spin-friendly track in Antigua. This is the area the islanders will be hoping to focus on and exploit. If the home side wants to get anything out of the series, their spinners would likely have to play a very prominent role.
While Sri Lanka are scrambling for talent, India have a different problem. They have too much talent and so will be using this series to gauge which of their plethora of options is the best fit for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
One area Sri Lanka still has above average talent in is the spin department. India, too, has plenty of firepower in the area and one new addition is Varun Chakravarthy, who has the ability to mix and match. He can be an asset, provided that his problematic fitness holds up. He is being tipped by some to make his T20I debut in the series opener. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are expected to be reinstated in the playing eleven after missing the last ODI.