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The series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20 matches between India and Sri Lanka is starting from 18 July. Earlier, former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga had created a controversy with his statement. He had described Team India on the tour as a B grade team. Now Indian vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar has given him the answer. Bhuvneshwar has said that the young players of Team India have the experience of IPL. Don’t forget to underestimate them.
6 players from India to debut on Sri Lanka tour
Actually India sent 20 players on the tour of Sri Lanka. Its command has been handed over to Shikhar Dhawan. At the same time, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been made the vice-captain. This team has gone with 6 uncapped players. It includes Devdutt Padikkal, Krishnappa Gautam, Rituraj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Varun Chakravarthy and Chetan Sakaria.
All players performed well in IPL
Bhuvneshwar said in a show of official broadcaster Star Sports that we have players coming out of IPL. He has been playing T20 for a long time. These young players have the experience of bowling and batting in front of foreign players. They have done exceptionally well for their respective teams.
Mixture of young and experienced players in Team India
Bhuvneshwar said that we have a great mix of experienced and young players. This is going to be a great series. Players who have come on tour for the first time, their confidence has increased after playing IPL. I am also coming after playing domestic cricket. So I have enough match practice.
Team India very strong under the leadership of Dhawan
Earlier, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board had also supported Team India. SLC said- Team India is very strong under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan. According to media reports, the allegations made by Ranatunga are not true. Out of the 20 players included in the Indian team, 14 players have represented the team in one or the other format. This is not a B team at all. Dhawan, vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have represented India in all three formats.
Having 2 teams is the new norm at the time of Corona
SLC said- Ranatunga should also know that Team India’s main team is on a tour of England. Despite this the team is touring our country. This is the new norm of cricket in the time of Corona. The permanent member team of ICC is now running by preparing a specialist team and a backup team in every format.
With Team India, Rahul Dravid has gone on a tour of Sri Lanka as a coach.
What statement did Ranatunga give about Team India?
Earlier, Ranatunga had said – this is the second string Team India. This is an insult to our cricket. I hold the current Sri Lankan board responsible for this. Sri Lanka has acknowledged this for marketing on television and for meeting its needs. Ranatunga said that India sent its best team on England tour and are sending weak team here. Ranatunga had been a minister in the Sri Lankan government two years ago.