Digital Desk, New Delhi. The first match of the 3-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka will be played on July 18 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. In the absence of senior players like Kohli and Rohit, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side would look to start the tour with a win. Players like Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw and Krunal Pandya have a golden opportunity to prove themselves in this series. It will be very interesting to see which young players head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Dhawan give a chance in the first match. On Sri Lankan pitches considered helpful for spin bowlers, Gabbar can take the field with three spinners.
Prithvi Shaw can open the innings with Gabbar
Team India has three main opening batsmen besides captain Shikhar Dhawan on this tour of Sri Lanka. It will be interesting to see who among Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal and Rituraj Gaikwad will open with Dhawan. However, most chances are visible of Prithvi Shaw. Shaw has also opened with Dhawan while playing for Delhi Capitals in the IPL and there is a good rapport between the two. Prior to this, Prithvi has also opened for India in Tests and in the domestic one-day tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. So Padikkal and Gaikwad may have to wait for now.
who will do wicketkeeping
Apart from this, choosing the wicketkeeper will be the biggest question before the team management. He has to choose between Sanju Samson and Ishaan Kishan. If the management chooses the wicketkeeper keeping the batting in mind, then Ishan Kishan can get a chance as he made his debut in the series against England and also batted brilliantly. Ishaan can be seen batting at number four.
Apart from this, Suryakumar Yadav is believed to be almost certain to play in the playing XI and as expected he will be seen batting at number three, while Manish Pandey is likely to play at number five. After this, Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal can be seen playing at No 6 and 7 respectively.
India’s Probable Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain) Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar.