India’s tour of Sri Lanka, as the title of the article suggests, is due to take place from July 13 and will last until the 25th of the next month, 2021. That being said, the last that the two Asian cricketing forces locked horns against one another in a comprehensive series was in 2017-18 cricketing season, the result of which India won in each of the three formats, including Tests, ODIs, and the T20Is. Though, it must be duly recollected that Sri Lanka did draw the opening and the third Test, besides going on to win the ODI series opener.
That being said, what is the exact schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka this time around?
Though, first things first, India will be playing a total of 6 limited-overs series against the Lankans, which will include 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. One of the key highlights of this particular series is that there may not be any Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli for the entirety of the games. Though, rather interestingly, former India captain Rahul Dravid will be the head coach for the visiting side to Sri Lanka.
Now, due to the fact that the core strength of the Indian side is present in England, where first it will take part in the much-awaited final of the highly-anticipated World Test Championship, post which it’ll be playing a series against hosts, England, the team that travels to Sri Lanka will be a mix of white-ball specialists as well as fringe players.
It’ll, nonetheless, offer exceptional practice for the highest standard where the emerging players are concerned as regardless of who plays and who doesn’t, it’s still India’s tour of Sri Lanka with several white-ball games.
Now that being said, here’s further information on where the upcoming India’s tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcasted:
Broadcaster Sony Sports announced the schedule via social media.The ODIs will take place on July 13, 16, and 18. Meanwhile, the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23, and 25.However, the venues for the games are yet to be announced.
Moving on, what’s rather fascinating is the fact that it’s the first time that two different teams from India will be locking horns in cricketing contests at nearly the same time but in absolutely different regions.
Now, there might be a few among us who would be wondering as to why a ‘stop-gap’ team or one comprising white-ball specialists is being sent to Sri Lanka instead of a proper team, but then it must be taken into account that the most important figurehead from the BCCI, Mr. Sourav Ganguly had informed much prior to the announcement of the series that a team consisting predominantly of white-ball specialists will be flown to Sri Lanka.
Here’s what the ‘Prince of Calcutta’ had to say on the matter:
“Yes, it will be a team of white-ball specialists. It will be a different team!”
Furthermore, on the subject of who might be captaining the Indian team down in Sri Lanka, it could be either among Dhawan or Iyer. Here’s quoting news app Newsbytesapp:
ndia can look up to Shikhar Dhawan as the captain for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.The veteran opening batsman has been a pillar of strength for Team India in white-ball cricket.Dhawan has also been in sublime form in the IPL of late.Besides Dhawan, India can look up to Shreyas Iyer.He is currently recovering from an injury.