The first of a three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka is taking place at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Due to the ease of chasing here, Sri Lanka chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Even Rohit Sharma said that he too would have bowled first.
With their return to the team, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli each have something to prove in the series. Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami have also rejoined the group of players. Senior players are being asked a lot of questions, and they must react.
Sri Lanka displayed strong combat in the T20Is, and they will attempt to produce some success in the ODIs. Visitors will benefit greatly from Wanindu Hasaranga’s performance in this series. Certainly, the side’s top order appears to be stable.
Why Is Shikhar Dhawan Not Playing Today vs Sri Lanka?
There are a few notable omissions from the Indian playing 11. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are not participating in the game, which may surprise some fans because Ishan just struck a double century in an ODI match, while Surya recently scored a superb century in a T20I in Rajkot.
The biggest shock is Suryakumar Yadav’s missing name. India chose to start Shreyas Iyer over Surya because Ishan’s absence forced KL Rahul to fill the position of the wicketkeeper. Although Surya has been fantastic in the T20 format, his ODI performance last year was also subpar.
Iyer managed to amass 724 ODI runs at 55.69 last year, assisted by six half-centuries, but Surya only managed to get 260 runs at 26.00, assisted by one half-century. Therefore, based on the performances, it is evident that Iyer deserves to replace Surya in ODIs.
List of Shreyas Iyer’s last 10 ODI innings
Ishan will not be playing despite striking a double century, Indian skipper Rohit announced yesterday. Gill participated in many ODIs last year and performed admirably with the bat. Ishan’s absence is regrettable, according to Rohit, but Gill should be included in the starting lineup.