The tour against Sri Lanka has reached the halfway stage, with the ODI leg complete. Team India are facing Sri Lanka in the first T20I at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo. After winning the three-match ODI series the Shikhar Dhawan-led side will look to bag the T20I series as well. The final two T20Is will be played on the 27th and 29th of July at the same venue.
The three-match T20I series is the last scheduled series for Team India before the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Indian team management would be looking to ensure that their plans are in order before they head into the marquee tournament.
The start of the first T20I between Sri Lanka and India saw an incident that made Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya trending on social media. Before the start of the match, national anthems of both the nations as per the rules was played. During the national anthem of Sri Lanka swashbuckling all-rounder Hardik Pandya was spotted singing it and fans were quick to record the video of the same.
Here’s the video along with the mixed reactions from the fans.
Hardik Pandya is India’s biggest disappointment in the tour of Sri Lanka so far. The flamboyant all-rounder failed to trouble the scorers much in the recently concluded ODI series and looked ordinary with bat, scoring only 19 runs. In the first T20I the 27-year-old yet again disappointed fans with his batting performance and registered the score of just 10 runs at the strike rate of 83.33.
Hardik Pandya though showed some good signs and rolled his arm with the ball in the three ODIs but with T20 World Cup his form with the bat is a worrisome factor for Team India. With the T20I series between the nations currently taking place, it would be interesting to see if junior Pandya will return to form and showcase his power hitting skills.