Dhoni has opted out of the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka because he needed a break to freshen up ahead of the Australian Tour and the World Cup. In his place, RCB’s captain Virat Kohli has been declared the skipper for these three ODIs. Wriddhiman Saha will take over the wicket-keeping duties in Dhoni’s absence.
Here’s the squad for the first three ODIs: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron and Akshar Patel.
Ashwin who was rested for the ODIs against West Indies has been brought back into the squad and will be replacing Kuldeep Yadav. Our seamer Varun Aaron too has been given a chance to play. He should make full use of this opportunity to ensure a regular spot in the Indian squad.
The venues for these five ODIs have been announced. They’ll be played at Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Before the 5 ODIs, the India A team will play practice matches against Sri Lanka. The squad for the India A team is: Manoj Tiwary (C), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep Yadav.
It’s going to be an exciting series for Indian cricket fans. But it’ll be additionally interesting for RCBians to see how their skipper fares while captaining the national side. We hope he does well and becomes the reason for an Indian series win.