India’s Predicted Playing XI for the T20I series vs Sri Lanka
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Updated - Dec 31, 2019 5:26 pm
India finished the year 2019 on a high. They won both the T20I and ODI series 2-1 against a spirited West Indies side. They start the year 2020 with a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. This was originally supposed to be a series against Zimbabwe but their suspension by the ICC (which has been revoked) prompted BCCI to scrap that and invite Sri Lanka.
It is the year of the T20 World Cup and the ‘Men in Blue’ will play a lot more games in the shortest format. That starts from the series against Sri Lanka. India haven’t been at their best in T20 cricket. In fact, in 2019, India won nine and lost seven games in the shortest format. Thus, they will be eyeing some consistency and gain some momentum as they build towards the mega event which is scheduled to take place in Australia.
The selectors have named a 15-man squad and there are a few changes from the team that played against West Indies. Fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are injured and hence, they have been replaced by Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has been rested and Shikhar Dhawan is back in the squad.
With less than a week to go for the first T20I which will be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, let’s take a look at the predicted XI for India.
Here’s India’s Predicted Playing XI for the T20I series against Sri Lanka:
KL Rahul has been in fantastic form in the recent past. He was constantly in and out of the white-ball teams with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the batting. However, the latter’s injury gave him an opportunity and he’s grabbed it with both hands.
The Karnataka opener scored runs in both the T20Is and ODIs against West Indies. He made 164 runs in the three-match T20I series which included a couple of half-centuries. In the ODI series, he failed in the first game but came back strongly as he registered scores of 102 and 77.
Rahul looked confident and was hitting the ball beautifully. He’s looked in great touch and another good series will cement his place as India’s No. 1 T20I opener (if he already isn’t).