IND vs SL – 1st T20I Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023: Sri Lanka are all set to begin their limited overs tour of India. The tour would include 3 T20Is, followed by 3 ODIs. The series will start with the first T20 international scheduled on 3rd of January 2023.
Teams Squads – Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023:
India’s Squad for T20I series against Sri Lanka:
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar
Sri Lanka’s Squad for T20I series against India:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara
Tour Schedule – Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023:
The India vs Sri Lanka T20I series is scheduled to take place between 3rd and 7th January 2023. The first T20I match will take place on 3rd January 2023. This will be followed by the second and the third T20Is on 5th and 7th January 2023.
How things stack up? – Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023:
Sri Lanka have a young team that is still finding its feet at the international level. It will be their first bilateral series since their dismal exit at the ICC World T20 2022. They would be hoping for a better outing in India as they take on the new-look India.
India’s T20I plans– Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023:
India’s plans are pretty obvious and apparent after their recent changes to the National side. Hardik Pandya is India’s T20I captain for now. BCCI has not commented on the captaincy issue, so Hardik is just a stand-in captain for now. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul are not part of the T20 setup for now. Their future is uncertain as BCCI wants to give chances to the young guns. The current series and its results will contribute significantly to the future path that India takes from hereon.
IND vs SL – 1st T20I: Match Preview, Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023
Key Players – Sri Lanka Tour of India 2023:
All eyes would be on Ishan Kishan as he recently scored his maiden ODI double century in the third one day match against Bangladesh. Similarly, Surya Kumar Yadav is currently seen as a full-time T20I specialist. He will get a chance to bat at the number three. Let’s see if he makes the number-3 spot his own or not.
There has been a lot of criticism recently on the lack of selection of Sanju Samson. Sanju is expected to get a run in the three T20Is. Rajasthan Royals and Sanju fans would love that.
Harshal Patel is expected to make a return to the senior side. It would be interesting to see how he fares in the series.
India’s Predicted XI for the First T20I against Sri Lanka:
Hardik Pandya (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka’s predicted XI for the first T20I:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara
What is T20I?
A Twenty20 International (T20I) is a form of cricket, played between two of the international members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in which each team faces a maximum of twenty overs. The matches have top-class status and are the highest T20 standard.
The game is played under the rules of Twenty20 cricket. Starting from the format’s inception in 2005, T20I status only applied to Full Members and some Associate Member teams. However, in April 2018, the ICC announced that it would grant T20I status to all its 105 members from 1 January 2019.
The shortened format was initially introduced to bolster crowds for the domestic game, and was not intended to be played internationally, but the first Twenty20 International took place on 17 February 2005 when Australia defeated New Zealand, and the first tournament was played two years later, with the introduction of the ICC T20 World Cup.
In 2016, for the first time in a calendar year, more Twenty20 International matches (100) were played than ODI matches (99). As of November 2021, 90 nations feature in ICC T20I team rankings.