Sri Lanka vs India 2021: Best India Playing XI against Sri Lanka In 1st ODI Match

India’s Predicted Playing XI for ODI series against Sri Lanka

Here is the predicted playing XI for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar of India. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

The primary Indian squad is off to the English shores. With an all-important ICC Test Championship Final knocking on the doors, all eyes will be on the squad led by Captain Kohli. Later on, after the final, the team is scheduled to play five Test matches against England. Well, it looks like the Indian team has a packed schedule ahead of them.

As the premier players are practicing for their encounters against New Zealand and England, the BCCI has decided that it will send a second-string India squad to Sri Lanka. It will be the first time since 2018 that Team India will play a cricket series on Lankan soil.

As the BCCI has announced the team, there are a lot of surprises for the fans. Many players have been added and many have been overlooked. Some players will get a chance to sport the national jersey for the first time and some will get their shot at redemption. 

Here is the predicted playing XI for the ODI series against Sri Lanka:

1. Shikhar Dhawan (Captain)

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan of India.(Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Shikhar Dhawan’s inconsistency in Test cricket led to his downfall in the longer format. He had a superb debut against Australia, but he struggled in English conditions. But, in the limited-overs format, he is one of the finest timers of the ball. Few injuries and KL Rahul’s redemption meant that he had to sit out of the team. But, during the series against England, he found his form.

Not only that, Dhawan was consistent in the 2020 season of the IPL. This year too, he has been in sublime touch with the bat. In 142 ODI games, Dhawan has been scoring at an average of 45.28. With 5977 runs, he is a successful opener for India. 

He has been appointed as the captain of this young side. Well, an experience of 142 ODI games and 64 T20Is will help the stylish batsman. Dhawan also has 17 ODI centuries to his name. Adding on, the services of various IPL stars will give him a variety of options, both with the bat and ball. 

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