Sri Lanka vs India 2017: T20I – Indian Predicted XI
Having tormented Sri Lanka across the Tests and ODI’s, team India will now want to inflict a little more pain to the hosts, in the one off T20I at Colombo.
With whitewashes in the other two formats, the one off T20I doesn’t have too much at stake, other than a 9-0 tour victory over the hosts and further decimating them. India’s previous T20I was far from an easy cry, as Ewin Lewis’ record breaking ton at Jamaica was just too hot to handle for the Men in Blue. Sri Lanka though, will not pose as much of a threat as the West Indians did, as their team in this form of the game also seems to be profusely out of sorts.
For India though, it will be imperative to get the proper playing XI and keeping that in mind, below, we have a look at the predicted Indian XI for the one off T20I.
- Rohit Sharma:
It’s been a long while since we saw Sharma open the batting for India in a T20I. The last time he opened was way back in Florida in the two-match affair against West Indies in August 2016. Considering his form off late, another big score is expected from this beast.
- KL Rahul:
Ajinkya Rahane isn’t India’s preferred T20I option, and that should present an opportunity for Rahul in the middle. Against England at Nagpur in January, Rahul played an effortless knock in the 70’s which turned out to be decisive in a low scoring thriller. A change in format could well bring out some change in fortune for the talented batsman.
- Virat Kohli (c):
Kohli has been opening the innings for India in the last few T20I’s of the side, but now must return to his favourite position of number three. At this position, he can play as per the situation and assess the factors; he can play a mind boggling knock. Better watch out for the world’s best T20 batsman.
- Manish Pandey:
Fresh from two decent knocks in the middle, Pandey should ideally bat at number four in the shortest form of the game. He can be an ideal middle-order batsman and play according to the situation. A good outing here will further cement his case for the upcoming series against Australia at home.
- MS Dhoni (wk):
The more deliveries Dhoni faces, the better he is bound to perform. Dhoni has endured a terrific tour so far, having stayed unbeaten throughout the ODI series in four innings and if recent form is anything to go by, fans can expect the former captain to be his usual self against Sri Lanka.
- Kedar Jadhav:
Not many know that Jadhav is an extremely handy T20 finisher and an asset. Not too long ago in Zimbabwe, he saved India from a severe embarrassment, as his late flurry and a half-century lower down the order ensured that the bowlers had a decent total to defend, as India prevailed home just by three runs.
- Hardik Pandya:
Pandya enjoys playing T20 cricket, and that was evident as he emerged as a vital cog in Mumbai Indians’ IPL triumph this year. A great striker of the cricket ball, Pandya is a destructive finisher, who can make a lot of difference in the last few overs. Bowling wise as well, he remains an asset for the team.
- Axar Patel:
Patel has been a consistent performer in this form of the game, and he was integral behind the games won by the Kings XI Punjab this season. A spin bowler who can tonk the ball a fair way, Axar is quite economical in this form of the game and a fine package to have.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
Fresh from recording his career best figures, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be high on confidence after his maiden five wicket haul. It was right in this form of the game where fans first witnessed a new version of Kumar, as he stood out as a genuine wicket taker at the death and a match winner.
- Jasprit Bumrah:
One doesn’t need too many words to explain how lethal Jasprit Bumrah is in T20I’s. Undoubtedly the best pacer the format has seen since the prime years of Lasith Malinga, Bumrah stands out as a death overs specialist and his ability to execute the Yorkers is seconded by no one around.
- Yuzvendra Chahal:
In the last T20I he played for India at Bangalore, Chahal created history, as he became the first Indian to pick a six-wicket haul, which simply rattled England. Known to be skipper Virat Kohli’s go to man for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chahal is a genuine wicket taker in the T20’s, and a match winner.
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