1. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan was announced as the captain for this series against Sri Lanka and thus, is certainly going to feature in the XI. Dhawan is the most experienced player in the squad and there are a lot of expectations from him to deliver.
2. Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw has managed to get back to the grove and has impressed one and all. The rising star from Mumbai has been in the form of his life. After a successful Vijay Hazare Trophy, he was superb in the first phase of IPL 2021 as well.
3. Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan is one of the most talented players going around in the domestic circuit. His wicketkeeping skills are a catalyst to his inclusion in the XI.
4. Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav is expected to play a big role in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. With Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant unavailable, this is an amazing opportunity for the Mumbai batsman to seal his spot in the XI.
5. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey is the most experienced player in the squad. He has had a fair share of experience in international cricket and was a regular face in the Indian team for a long time. This might be his last chance to seal a spot.
6. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is probably the only player in India’s squad to Sri Lanka who has already sealed his spot for the upcoming T20 WC. He has been India’s best batting all-rounder for quite a while now..
7. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar has been one of India’s best bowlers in the shortest format of the game for quite a while now. He has been decent whenever given a chance to play for India. His IPL form has been superb as well.
8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was in superb form during the ODI and T20I series against England earlier this year. He is one of India’s most experienced bowlers and thus, merits a place in the XI.
Navdeep Saini is currently one of the fastest Indian bowlers. While many might question his place in the team, his extra pace might just come in handy for India. Every team needs that one bowler who can bully the opposition batsmen with his raw pace.
If there is one spinner who should have made his international debut for India by now then it has to be Varun Chakravarthy. He has been impressive, to say the least. It is rather unfortunate that he still hasn’t played for India.
11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal has been India’s best T20I spinner for quite a while now. He has been one of India’s biggest match-winners with the ball and thus, is a certainty in the XI. He is expected to be India’s lead spinner once again