India tour of Sri Lanka: Under Rahul Dravid’s mentorship, Team India undertakes first training session in Sri Lanka

IND vs SL 1st ODI: On captaincy debut, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid must address these 5 concerns ahead of 1st ODI against Sri Lanka
IND vs SL 1st ODI: On captaincy debut, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul Dravid must address these 5 concerns ahead of 1st ODI against Sri Lanka

India tour of Sri Lanka: Under Rahul Dravid’s mentorship, Team India undertakes first training session in Sri Lanka: After Team India’s touchdown in Sri Lanka for the upcoming white-ball series (3 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s), the ‘Men in Blue’ under the mentorship of Rahul Dravid undertook their first training sessions as per the defined roster. While Team India’s mandatory strict quarantine ends on July 5, the Team has been allowed to take their training drills. On Friday, Shikhar Dhawan & Co undertook their first practice session.

Team India announced their extensive 20-man squad for the limited-overs tour to the neighbouring country, which invited a maiden call-up for five players.

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Drilling down to the playing squad, head coach Rahul Dravid had mentioned in a press conference, “it will be unrealistic to expect everyone to get an opportunity in this short series. We’ll come up with what we think is the best combination to win the series. And then see along the way, there are plenty of youngsters, even if they don’t play, it’s a great opportunity for them to learn from seniors like Shikhar.”

However, India sending a ‘second-string’ team to Sri Lanka hasn’t gone down well with the country’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga. He criticised the move, calling it an insult to Sri Lanka.

“This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs,” Ranatunga, a government minister until two years ago, told reporters at his residence.

“India sent their best team to England and sent a weaker side to play here. I blame our board for that,” added the legendary batsman, who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 ODI world title.

India vs Sri Lanka: A look at schedule and squad

India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – ODI series
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 13th July 1st ODI Colombo
2 16th July 2nd ODI Colombo
3 18th July 3rd ODI Colombo

 

India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 2021 – T20I series
S.No. Date Match Venue
1 21st July 1st T20I Colombo
2 23rd July 2nd T20I Colombo
3 25th July 3rd T20I Colombo

 

India’s squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh

Sri Lanka’s squad: Yet to be announced