India’s limited-overs squad led by Shikhar Dhawan, featuring as many as six uncapped players, arrived in Colombo from Mumbai for their four-week-long tour which will feature six white-ball games against Sri Lanka, starting July 13. Senior all-rounder Hardik Pandya shared an Instagram story captioned: “Touchdown, Sri Lanka, Colombo.” With regular skipper Virat Kohli and the red ball side, currently touring England, Dhawan will have pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy.Also Read - IND vs IRE: Hardik Pandya Backed Umran Malik's Speed in Final Over Against Ireland, Says With His Pace, It's Tough to Get 18 Runs
The Dhawan-led team will play three ODIs and three T20 Internationals in the island nation. The BCCI had named a 20-member squad for the Sri Lanka tour that has all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal from the senior lot. Also Read - WATCH: Sanju Samson's Name Gets Loudest Cheer From Dublin Crowd as Hardik Pandya Announces His Name in Playing XI
Young guns like Devdutt Padikkal, Prithvi Shaw, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad and rookie pacer Chetan Sakariya expectedly feature in the side that also has two wicket-keeper batsmen in the young Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson. Also Read - Highlights IRE vs IND 2nd T20 Cricket Scorecard: Umran Avoids Last Over Scare As India Won By 4 Runs
A day prior to the departure, Dhawan had said that this was “a nice blend of experience and youth.”
According to the Sri Lanka Cricket website, the Indian team will be in room quarantine from June 29 to July 1 and then there will be phased out training from July 2 to 4 and subsequently team training from July 5.
They will also play intra-squad simulated games for a better idea.
India Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), 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.