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| On Jul 17, 2021 11:28 PM IST

3 uncapped Indian players to watch out for in the ODI series against SL


India vs Sri Lanka : A second-string Indian side is, currently, in Sri Lanka to play three ODIs and as many T20 internationals against the Island nation. The big names such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah to name a few are all missing from the squad. There are a few experienced campaigners though in the 20-man squad. Shikhar Dhawan has been tasked to lead the side, while Bhuvneswar Kumar is the vice-captain.

A lot of youngsters have received the national call-ups as the series will be a huge opportunity for them to show their mettle at the highest level. With the core team currently in England to play the Test series, a lot of uncapped players have also received their maiden international call-ups.  They are coming onto the tour on the back of impressive performances in the domestic circuit as well as in IPL.

On that very note, here’s a look at three exciting Indian uncapped players to watch out for the upcoming series: 

  1. Devdutt Padikkal:

Indian uncapped player, Devdutt Padikkal’s graph has grown immensely in the last couple of years. He made his debut for RCB in IPL 2020 and enjoyed a terrific season. He finished as the highest run-scorer for RCB during that season, scoring  473 runs in 15 matches at an average of 31.53.

Padikkal was the second-highest run-scorer in the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 737 runs and notched 4 centuries in the tournament. Padikkal is coming into the tournament on the back of a decent outing in IPL.

There is no doubt about his potential as a batsman. However, if he could replicate those performances on the biggest stage remains to be seen.

2. Varun Chakravarthy:

Varun Chakravarthy has twice been considered but left out due to fitness issues and injury. Varun Chakravarthy will hopefully play for India for the first time in his cricketing career against Sri Lanka. Since been picked up by Punjab Kings for 8.4 crores in IPL 2019, he has come a long way.

He was the first choice spinner for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021. He bowled inside powerplay overs and also in the middle overs. He completed his quota of four overs in almost all games.

Varun Chakravarthy has an array of variations under his armory and could prove to be the difference in India’s bowling attack for the T20 World Cup. If he manages to produce goods in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, Varun Chakravarthy’s chances of making it into the T20 World Cup could be strengthened further.

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