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According to a report, both the South Asian nations will play three ODIs and as many T20Is between December 2022 and January 2023. After the New Zealand tour comprising 3 T20Is (won by India 1-0) and 3 ODIs (won by New Zealand 1-0), the Men in Blue will tour Bangladesh to play a white-ball ODI series followed by a Test series.
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Notably, Indian selectors have announced the squad for ODI and Test series with Rohit Sharma trusted to lead the squad in both series. While Indian selectors have rested a few senior players from the New Zealand tour, the full-strength squad has been named against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, In February 2022, Sri Lanka has already toured India. The Sri Lankan team played an all-format series against India in February-March 2022. The visitors got thrashed by the Indians in all formats of the game. India won the Test series 2-0 & T20I Series 3-0.
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The Sri Lankan cricket board again wants to schedule a white ball tour. Meanwhile, so, the December-January window has been chosen for the Sri Lanka tour of India white ball games.
Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of both ODI and Test series against Bangladesh. Ravindra Jadeja is currently recovering from his knee surgery. However, with a short turnaround for the Bangladesh Test series, he will miss out. Instead, he will prepare for a return in home series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in January.
India are likely to be without the services of current T20I skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, among others, in the next edition of the 2024 T20I World Cup, which would make up for a highly new-look side.
Virat Kohli rediscovered his best and was one of the standout batters of the T20 World Cup 2022, but is likely to call it quits on the shortest version, given the workload management and key assignments in the other two formats, including the 2023 ODI World Cup at home.
India Predicted XI For Sri Lanka T20Is:- Ishan Kishan, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
India Predicted Squad For Sri Lanka ODIs:- Ishan Kishan, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Other Contenders:- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
With the duo of Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma probably retiring from T20Is in 2024, the gates may open for Ishan Kishan, who will face tough competition from Ruturaj Gaikwad, though for the opener’s slot.
Ishan Kishan has amassed 589 runs from 21 T20Is including 4 fifties. His highest score of 89 came against Sri Lanka in February 2022. His competitor Ruturaj Gaikwad hasn’t tasted much success in T20Is managing only 135 runs in 9 T20Is averaging a mere 16.88.
Prithvi Shaw will face tough competition from KL Rahul for the opener’s slot. KL Rahul has played 72 T20Is managing 2265 runs averaging 37.75 including 2 tons and 22 fifties. KL Rahul though is aged 30 and Prithvi Shaw is aged only 23. Prithvi Shaw has played 6 ODIs and 1 T20I. He though, might get more chances in the future.
Prithvi Shaw has been in breathtaking form across formats in the domestic circuit. He scored 355 runs in six matches in Ranji Trophy and in seven matches in this Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he amassed 285 runs at 47.50 and at a strike rate of 191.27. Shubman Gill, uncapped in T20Is, is another option for the opener’s slot alongside KL Rahul and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
KL Rahul has played 72 T20Is managing 2265 runs averaging 37.75 including 2 tons and 22 fifties. He had scored two fifties in the T20 World Cup 2022 against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but failed to cross double digits against heavyweight teams.
The pattern was similar in Asia Cup 2022, where he scored 62 against Afghanistan and 36 against Hong Kong but failed to score above 30 in other matches. He needs to regain his form before the 2024 T20 WC.
Sanju Samson debuted way back in 2015 in the shortest T20I format but has played only 16 T20Is, where he amassed 296 runs averaging 21.14. His only 1 fifty-77 came against Ireland. He will face tough competition from Rishabh Pant though.
Rishabh Pant, though, has failed to live up to expectations in T20Is of late and there are calls to axe him from T20Is as he’s been a liability. Rishabh Pant has managed 364 runs from 25 T20Is averaging 21.41. Overall, he averages a mere 22.43 from 66 T20Is amassing 987 runs.
Virat Kohli’s probable retirement from T20Is will open the gates for Shreyas Iyer, who has played 49 T20Is and has scored 1043 runs averaging 30.68. He has scored 7 T20Is including the highest of 74* against Sri Lanka in February 2022.
In that series, he was unbeaten throughout and managed 204 runs in 3 matches and was an obvious choice for MOS. But after that, he has failed to live up to his reputation. In 2022, he managed 463 runs averaging 35.62 at a strike rate of 141.16.
Suryakumar Yadav-the top-ranked T20I batter according to ICC Rankings is a man who can’t do any wrong in this T20I format and India’s own Mr. 360, is one of the most improved players and is going through a purple patch. He scored his 2nd T20I ton in the 1st T20I against the Kiwis, scoring 111* off only 51 balls at a strike rate of 217.65.
He was India’s 2nd highest run scorer and overall 3rd (after Virat Kohli-296, Max O’ Dowd-242) in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 with 239 runs averaging 59.75 at a strike rate of 189.68.
Suryakumar Yadav became the No.1 T20I batter after a superb showing in the Super 12 stage of the 2022 T20 World Cup, where he smashed three fifties in five innings. He has amassed 1408 runs in 42 T20Is averaging 44 at a phenomenal strike rate of 180.98 and will definitely play the 2024 T20 WC.
Since regaining his full fitness, Hardik Pandya has just been seen winning games single-handedly for India and is contributing in all three facets of the game. He provides the team with the necessary balance, i.e., the 6th bowler. The right-handed batsman, a veteran of 81 T20Is has amassed 1160 runs averaging 25.78 besides picking 62 scalps averaging 27.34.
He had picked 8 scalps averaging 18.25 in 6 T20Is in T20 World Cup 2022 besides scoring 128 runs. His 63 against England in the semis went in vain. He had picked 3/30 and scored 40 in India’s opening T20 WC Super 12 game against Pakistan.
Ravindra Jadeja has played 64 T20Is managing 457 runs averaging 24.05 besides picking 51 scalps averaging 28.49. He was injured after playing in the Asia Cup 2022. Ravindra Jadeja missed the T20 World Cup 2022 due to injuries before being named in the ODI and Test squad for the Bangladesh tour. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is yet to fully recover from knee surgery that he underwent in September and will miss the Bangladesh tour as well.
Washington Sundar has played 32 T20Is since debuting in 2017. He has picked 26 scalps averaging 29.77. His last T20I was in March 2021 against England at home before the 2nd T20I against New Zealand, where he picked 1/24 in 2 overs.
Finally free of injuries, Washington Sundar is set for a new lease of life with Team India. As BCCI is set to phase out Ravichandran Ashwin in line with the T20 reboot following India’s 2022 T20 WC Exit, India needs an off-spinner. But more than that, India needs batting depth. Washington Sundar provides both to Team India.
He had a fractured finger before England tour and had tested Covid-19 positive missing the South Africa tour as well. He had a pulled hamstring in India’s tour of Sri Lanka. He missed IPL 2022 as well due to split webbing and a finger injury. His shoulder injury ruled him out of West Indies and Zimbabwe tours.
Axar Patel has played 37 T20Is amassing 171 runs averaging 14.25 and picked 34 scalps averaging 25.15. He had a poor T20 World Cup 2022, where he managed to pick only 3 scalps in 5 T20Is averaging 38.33 at a steep economy of 8.63. But he may be picked in India’s 2024 T20 WC squad as India will be the host venue, where the tracks offer turn for spinners.
Jasprit Bumrah missed the Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup 2022 due to injuries. Jasprit Bumrah had missed the Asia Cup 2022 and was undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru alongside Harshal Patel.
Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of India’s T20I series against South Africa after complaining of back pain on the morning of the first T20I. Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup as well with a back injury three days before the Indian team was to fly out for Australia. He had picked 70 scalps in 60 T20Is averaging 20.23.
The left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh has executed a spectacular performance in his short T20I career so far. He has picked 33 scalps in only 21 T20Is averaging 18.12. In the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2022, he picked 10 scalps in only 6 T20Is averaging a mere 15.6. In the T20I series against New Zealand, he picked 4 scalps in 2 games averaging 16.5 including a career-best of 4/37 in one game.
Umran Malik-the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer had a breakthrough season in IPL 2022. He bagged 22 wickets in 14 games in IPL 2022 at an average of 20.18, an economy of 9.03, and a strike rate of 13.40, including a four-wicket haul and a five-wicket haul.
After his impressive show with the ball in the Indian Premier League, the pacer got his India T20I call-up. However, after a short 3-match run, he was dropped from the team as he failed to leave a mark at the international level.
He averages 56 and has an economy of 12.44 to show despite picking 2 scalps in 3 T20Is. He may get a chance with the age of 23 being on his side and if he does well in the T20Is leading up to T20 WC 2024, he may be in the starting XI.
Veteran 32-year-old pacer Mohammed Shami may also play if he doesn’t retire by 2024. The last-minute injury replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the 2022 T20 WC, Mohammed Shami has picked 24 scalps in 23 T20Is averaging 29.63. He picked 6 scalps in both the 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cups.
The 27-year-old chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav wasn’t included in T20 World Cup 2021 and 2022 squad, despite boasting a good average of 14.02 in T20Is. He wasn’t in the Asia Cup 2022 squad as well.
His last T20I came in August 2022, where he picked 3/12 against West Indies. He may be given a longer run after Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel’s failures in the T20 World Cup 2022. Ravi Bishnoi who had picked 16 scalps in 10 T20Is averaging 17.13 with a best of 4/16 against West Indies, may also get a chance.
After missing out on last year’s 2021 T20I World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal was included in the 2022 T20I World Cup but was benched throughout the event with Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin being preferred instead. He has repeatedly proved his worth for India during the middle overs.
He is the top spin bowler for India so far, having taken the 2nd most wickets after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (90) for India in T20Is-87 scalps in 71 T20Is averaging 24.78. It remains to be seen if he gets a chance in the 2024 T20 WC.
Ravi Bishnoi has played only 10 T20Is but may be recalled to the Indian squad for the Sri Lanka T20Is. He was named in the standbys for T20 World Cup 2022 and didn’t get a chance after the Asia Cup 2022 match against Pakistan where he picked 1/26. He has picked 16 scalps including a career best of 4/16 against West Indies in 10 T20Is averaging a mere 17.13 but hasn’t got too many chances after debuting in February 2022 against West Indies at home.
The 32-year-old pacer Bhuvneshwar was a part of India’s squad for the three-match T20I series against the New Zealand National Cricket Team, but he was not included in the ODI squad against New Zealand and Bangladesh.
In 30 games in 2022, Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken 36 wickets. At the T20 World Cup 2022, Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar established himself as India’s all-time leading wicket-taker in the shortest format. The game’s shortest format has seen 90 wickets taken by the outstanding pacer in 87 T20Is.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had an excellent Asia Cup 2022 where he was the leading wicket-taker with 11 scalps in 5 T20Is including a career-best of 5/4 against Afghanistan.
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