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SL vs IND 2021: Squads, Fixtures, Timings, Broadcast, and all you need to know

For the first time in history, fans will witness two different Indian cricket teams simultaneously. While the Test side, under Virat Kohli, would be in England for a five-match series, a team of white-ball specialists would travel to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and many T20Is, starting from July 13. Needless to say, the squad for the Sri Lanka series will miss many prominent names, and it would be interesting to see how the Men in Blue perform.

Speaking of Sri Lanka, they haven’t tasted much success in the past few years. They travelled to Bangladesh last month and suffered a 1-2 defeat in the ODI series. However, they must leave no stones unturned to defeat the ‘second-string Indian team. Notably, they’ll host England in six limited-overs matches before taking on India.

India vs Sri Lanka Team News

Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan will lead Team India in Sri Lanka while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named his deputy. This will be Dhawan and Kumar’s first leadership assignment in Team India colours, and the duo would be determined to deliver. Prithvi Shaw has also been called back in the white-ball team alongside Navdeep Saini and Sanju Samson.

Youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Chetan Sakariya have received maiden call-ups thanks to their impressive performances in the Indian Premier League and domestic circuit. Among the experience faces, the squad comprises Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Manish Pandey. The side indeed looks balanced and is even deemed favourites for the tour.

Speaking of Sri Lanka, they need to put their best foot forward in order to challenge the Men in Blue. Wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera will lead the team, and a lot will depend upon him. It seems like Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are looking to make the team for the future as veterans like Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne haven’t featured in white-ball cricket for a while.

This means youngsters have the onus to challenge the Men in Blue. Although Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga and Avishka Fernando have been impressive lately, the absence of experienced names can hurt the home team. Hence, calling Sri Lanka underdogs for this series won’t be wrong with Team India having all the bases covered.

India vs Sri Lanka Squads

India squad
Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (Wicketkeeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net Bowlers

Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

Sri Lanka squad
Will be announced soon

India vs Sri Lanka Schedule

July 18, 1st ODI at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 3:00 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT)

July 20, 2nd ODI at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 3:00 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT)

July 23, 3rd ODI at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 3:00 PM IST (9:00 AM GMT)

July 25, 1st T20I at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 8:00 PM IST (1:30 PM GMT)

July 27, 2nd T20I at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 8:00 PM IST (1:30 PM GMT)

July 29, 3rd T20I at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo– 8:00 PM IST (1:30 PM GMT)

India vs Sri Lanka Broadcast Details

TV – Sony Sports Network

Online Streaming – Sony LIV app

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