India vs Sri Lanka: After India‘s domination in the Test Series against Bangladesh, it's now time to start a new journey for Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game against Sri Lanka from 3rd January 2023.
After India’s defeat in the semi-final against England in the ICC T20 World Cup, some changes are expected to happen in the starting XI.
Team India will host Sri Lanka in their first series of 2023 for the three-match T20 and the three-match ODI series. BCCI and the selection committee will ensure the right team on the round so that the hosts can start the year on a positive note.
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Predictable line-up for India
In this article, we have tried to cover the best predictable lineup with which Team India are expected to start the first T20 fixture against Sri Lanka.
– Top Order: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, KL Rahul
After the ICC T20 World Cup debacle, BCCI and the selection committee will go for some young blood in the team. The opening line-up is expected to have Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi as the first choice. Rohit Sharma is recovering from an injury and is likely to miss the tournament.
Virat Kohli will be given rest for the upcoming series and hence KL Rahul is expected to take his place. Rahul Tripathi is expected to be part of the team but he will have tough competition from Ishan Kishan.
– Middle Order: Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson
At number 4, Suryakumar Yadav will be making a comeback in the team. He has been in excellent form recently and has contributed towards the team’s success during the ICC T20 World Cup. Surya is expected to deliver with his bat every time he is on the pitch and he has done great in the past.
At number 5, Hardik Pandya will be an important player who will play a crucial role as the captain as well. Sanju Samson is expected to get a chance to play in the middle order after Hardik. Sanju is a talented batsman and he has done wonders in the T20 format of games.
– Allrounder: Axar Patel and Washington Sunder
BCCI and the selection will have two players this time for the all-rounder segment. Washington Sundar has recently played some brilliant knocks and his presence is guaranteed in the team. Sundarcan delivers with both the bat and the ball. To support him, Axar Patel is the best option team India has right now.
BCCI will also have Yuzvendra Chalal in the squad but according to recent performance, Chahal is not expected to get much playtime.
– Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh
One of the biggest strengths of Indian bowling, Jasprit Bumrah, is expected to get a green flag from the board after his long injury break. Bumrah will be making his comeback to the team after 4 months of injury time. He will be motivated to play as his best version.
The duo, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, will be deadly with the new ball and are expected to not allow the opposition to dominate the game. Arshdeep Singh will be part of the team because of his commendable performance during the world cup. He is a wicket-taker and a death-over specialist who can do wonders with his ability to swing the ball.
India Probable Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (C), Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Washington Sunder, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh
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