IND vs SL, 1st T20I: 4 opening contenders, know how India’s playing XI can be against Sri Lanka


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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul are not part of the T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Hardik Pandya is the captain and Suryakumar Yadav is the vice-captain of the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

new Delhi. The Indian team is ready to face Sri Lanka in the limited overs series. The series will start with the T20 series. The first match of the series will be held on Tuesday, January 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Regular captain Rohit Sharma will not lead the team. The young team is ready to field under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya against Sri Lanka. Many senior players are not included in the team. In such a situation, there is a concern of selection for the coach-captain pair of Rahul Dravid and Hardik. With so many openers in the team, who will open in the end is the big question?

Hardik Pandya will have some tough decisions to make as India begin their T20I series with major changes in the T20 format. Without Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, India will have to fill the top 3 and there will be plenty of options to choose from.

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Looking at the excellent form of Ishaan Kishan, he will be one of the openers. There will be competition between Rituraj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill. If the current form is seen then Rituraj Gaikwad can go ahead. Suryakumar Yadav is fixed at number 3 position, while Sanju Samson can play at number 4. All-rounders captain Hardik Pandya is likely to land at number 5. There is every possibility that he will be followed by the other two all-rounders – Washington Sundar and Akshar Patel.

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Harshal Patel is also likely to come in the team. This will add depth to India’s batting. Yuzvendra Chahal can play as the lone specialist spinner while Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh will be the main fast bowlers. Umran Malik is back in the T20 International set-up and he is certain to play. The pace track at Wankhede should help his pace bowling and he will hope to be a threat against the Sri Lankan batsmen.

India’s possible playing XI in the first T20I against Sri Lanka could be like this:
Ishaan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Suryakumar, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.

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