New Delhi. Former India legend Rahul Dravid was entrusted with the important responsibility of the team’s head coach for the tour of Sri Lanka. In the press conference before the series, Dravid had said that all the players will get a chance on this tour and it seems that his promise has been fulfilled. For the second T20 match of the series between India and Sri Lanka, four players got a chance to debut in the team. However, this happened after Krunal Pandya became corona positive.
Players who are in touch with Krunal will also not be able to be a part of the remaining two matches of this series, including his younger brother Hardik Pandya, pacers Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. In the second T20, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakaria and Rituraj Gaikwad got a chance to make their T20 International debuts. The special thing is that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have to leave for England where they have been selected in Team India for the five-match series due to injuries to some players.
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Rahul Dravid said before the match, ‘Unfortunately the players who are in close contact with Krunal Pandya will no longer be able to play in the series. We have 11 players to choose from and we have to give them a chance. There is no such thing as apologizing. All the 11 players are good enough to make it to the playing XI and hence they have been selected in the team. I think it’s exciting to see them perform. Yes, the balance of the team will be a bit difficult as we can only pick from the available players.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav also made his international debut. At the same time, Chetan Sakaria also got a chance to debut in ODIs. At the same time, Prithvi Shaw was included in the T20 team for the first time, when he returned to the pavilion without opening the account in the first T20 match. At the same time, in the third and final ODI of the series, India also made a record when five players got a chance for international debut in this format.
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Team India, full of young players, was launched for the Sri Lanka tour. Krishnappa Gautam, Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakaria, Rahul Chahar and Sanju Samson were among those who made their ODI debuts. The T20 World Cup is also to be played this year, so the performance of this series will also be special to make a place in the Indian team. However, regular captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri must be already thinking about the team.
The second leg of the IPL is also to be played in the UAE, which will start from September 19, when Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will clash. The special thing is that the T20 World Cup has been shifted to UAE in view of the threat of corona virus. In such a situation, the performance of young players in IPL can also get them a place in Team India for the T20 World Cup.
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