Shikhar Dhawan has been handed captaincy for the six-game tour © Getty
Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain for India’s tour of Sri Lanka , starting July 13, where they play three ODIs and three T20Is. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named Dhawan’s deputy. With several white-ball regulars away with Test squad in England at an equivalent time, the BCCI has rewarded several domestic performers with an India call-up.
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.
Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal, who has been in rollicking form in white-ball cricket within the domestic circuit also because the IPL, has been drafted in. Maharashtra and CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has also made the cut. Also back within the national side mix is Prithvi Shaw, who top-scored for Mumbai with a whopping 827 run-tally to steer his team to a Vijay Hazare Trophy triumph earlier this year.
The fresh group of players that got games within the home series against England (ODIs and T20Is) like Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav – have all retained their place within the squad. Varun Chakravarthy, Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar, who were a part of the T20I squad therein series but didn’t get a game, have also held onto their places within the team.
India are going to be spoilt for choices at the highest of the order as another consistent IPL performer over the last few years – Nitish Rana – also gets a glance in, while Manish Pandey has been handed a comeback within the absence of a number of the primary choice options within the batting line-up.
Among the bowlers, the young and impressive Chetan Sakariya has found a berth on the idea of his eye-catching performances within the now-suspended IPL 2021 earlier this year. Krishnappa Gowtham, the experienced Karnataka spinner who enjoyed an enormous payday at the IPL auction this year has also been picked.