Hardik Pandya will captain India in a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, which begins on January 3 at home, with Suryakumar Yadav as his deputy, while Rohit Sharma will return for the three ODIs that follow. Shikhar Dhawan is missing out on the ODI team following a disappointing performance in Bangladesh, where he scored only 18 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 51.42. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are not playing in the T20 matches How India could line up
Hardik is appointed as Rohit’s deputy in his first 50-over series since the July tour of England. Rahul recently captained India in the third One-Day International (ODI) in Bangladesh but he will not continue as vice-captain of the Indian team
Talented Mukesh Kumar gets the maiden call-up
Shivam Mavi of Uttar Pradesh and Mukesh Kumar of Bengal both won their first T20I call-ups. How India could line up Mavi took 10 wickets in seven games at an economy of 6.64 in the most recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. On the other hand, Mukesh had six in six at 7.04. Harshal Patel and Umran Malik will add more strength to the Indian bowling attack.
Arshdeep Singh joins the ODI squad of the Indian National team. One of the surprising decisions is the omission of Shahbaaz Ahmed from the squad without giving a single chance to them. Such discrimination against players from Bengal is not new. Earlier Manoj Tiwary was omitted from the Indian National team despite playing well. On the other hand, Deepak Chahar has pulled out of the squad citing injury.
India looking into this tour as a preparation for the 2023 World Cup
At the start of an ODI World Cup year, India will host Sri Lanka for three T20Is in Mumbai (January 3), Pune (January 5), and Rajkot (January 7), as well as three ODIs in Guwahati (January 10), Kolkata (January 12), and Thiruvananthapuram (January 15), before hosting New Zealand and Australia prior to the IPL. They are looking into this tour as a preparational tour for the World Cup. The players performing well on these tours can get a chance into the World Cup squad.
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