New Delhi: Just three months back, India blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in a One-Day International (ODI) series. The two teams once again will be up against each other. However, this time around team India will be without the service of regular captain Virat Kohli. And in his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side. The first of the three ODIs takes place at the scenic HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. With wintry conditions, the match despite being a day-night encounter will have an 11:30 am start.Also Read - T20 World Cup: Suresh Raina Wants Team India to Win ICC Trophy For Virat Kohli
There are chances that it might rain or even snow. So toss is likely to play an important factor. Meanwhile, India will look to extend their dominance over Sri Lanka. India have won five back to back bilateral series and a 3-0 win in this series will see them overtake South Africa once again. Also Read - T20 World Cup: #Ban Pak Cricket Trends on Twitter Ahead of Blockbuster Clash Against Virat Kohli-Led India
With Kohli rested, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik are all likely to find a place in the playing XI. Rahane is likely to take Kohli’s number three position. After his poor performance in Test series, the right-hander will be under pressure to do well. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Record Team India Stars Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Can Break in Mega ICC Event
Kedar Jadhav was ruled out of the series following a hamstring injury while Shikhar Dhawan is doubtful for the opening ODI as well. In that case, Rahane is likely to open and chances are Manish Pandey or Shreyas Iyer will be included in the playing XI. Meanwhile, selectors named all-rounder Washington Sundar as Kedar’s replacement.
India will be also boosted by the return of all-rounder, Hardik Pandya. In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will share the new ball. It will be interesting to see whether, young pacer Siddharth Kaul will be included in the side or not.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will look for a fresh start under the leadership of Thisara Perera. The return of Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne will boost the visitors as well.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.
Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera.