A very warm welcome to coverage of India’s white ball tour in Sri Lanka, which begins with the first ODI in the Stage R Premadasa on Colombo.
It’s not very often that you see two Indian teams on tour simultaneously. While a limited overs team is in Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three T20Is, the test team led by Virat Kohli will start a red ball series against England on August 4.
Many have touted this tour of Sri Lanka as the audition for young Indian players competing for places in the T20 World Cup in a few months in the United Arab Emirates.
With the Kohli-Shastri duo on trial performances in England, Shikhar dhawan He has been given the responsibility of leading the Men in Blue, and the legendary Rahul Dravid was asked to take time out of his duty as head of the NCA to coach the team in Sri Lanka.
Struggling to gain attention with the Tokyo Olympics, the contest was delayed for five days due to multiple Covid cases at Camp Lankan.
Sri Lanka meanwhile is coming off a horror tour of England and is supposed to play in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. To make matters worse, their key players, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella, are suspended from the Indian series due to a violation of the bio-bubble rules.