The Indian team will play limited-overs against Sri Lanka with their second string side. While the first string are in England to play test series against home side starting from next month. The team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan and has the experience of players like Pandya brothers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The former cricketer Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach for this tour.
The Indian limited-overs side undergone quarantine for 14 days in Mumbai before proceeding for Colombo. Then they had to wait for 3 more days until July 2 to carry out their training. The Board of Control for Cricket in India posted a video of team’s bonding session on July 3 on Twitter.
The coach Rahul Dravid said on a video:
“It has been nearly 17-18 days that we have been in some sort of quarantine. Really good for the boys to get out and just get moving a little bit. A nice little area in front of the lawn before we practice tomorrow, we have an open space.”
The medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said, ““Everyone was excited to come out, fun activities are happening. Everyone is enjoying it, this is the first day that we have gotten out and it is important that team bonding happens.”
The debutants to be are touring with a big squad and their chances of making a debut is as same as it could be with the main team. Devdutt Padikkal opens for RCB, and it would be tough for him to get a spot to play ahead of captain of the tour, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, who was looking solid in the half IPL. Whereas, Nitish Rana and Ruturaj Gaikwad can bat anywhere in the top and middle order and there role in the team can be changed as required. K Gowtham would probably get to play if Yuzi Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav both or one fail to perform. Chetan Sakariya has had a golden spell in this IPL, and deserves to get himself going with getting a couple of matches in this series.
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