Dhawan Named India Captain for Sri Lanka Series

Five uncapped players in squad

Shikar Dhawan India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy 2013

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan will captain India during July 2021's limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has captained the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, will be Dhawan's vice-captain.

The squad is without several first-choice stars such as batsman Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

Kohli, Bumrah and others are in preparation for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton – and a five-Test series against England.

The 20-man touring party for three ODIs and as many T20Is against the Sri Lankans features five uncapped players.

The Chennai Super Kings Ruturaj Gaikwad, Royal Challengers Bangalore's Devdutt Padikkal, Kolkata Knight Riders' Nitish Rana and Rajasthan Royals' Chetan Sakariya have performed well in the IPL. Spinner Krishnappa Gowtham has done well for Karnataka at domestic level.

India Squad for Sri Lanka Series

  • Shikhar Dhawan (captain)
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain)
  • Prithvi Shaw
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Manish Pandey
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Nitish Rana
  • Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper)
  • Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Krishnappa Gowtham
  • Krunal Pandya
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Varun Chakravarthy
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Chetan Sakariya

Net bowlers

  • Ishan Porel
  • Sandeep Warrier
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
  • Simarjeet Singh

“I would've been happy just going to Sri Lanka as a net bowler, so this is a massive surprise,” Sakariya told ESPNcricinfo.

“At the IPL, I thought I exceeded my own expectations. Initially, I thought I may have to wait for my turn at the Royals, but once I got into the camp, the kind of confidence and faith everyone showed in me, I got the vibes that I'll start.

“So while it is a surprise to be picked for India, I'm very much ready and confident with the way I've prepared.”

Gaikwad added: “I had a few good scores for India A two years ago, but I wasn't thinking much about my selection.

“My main focus is on doing my processes right. I'm looking forward to learning the knack of adaptability, something that will be very important going forward.

“Once you play international cricket, teams and players watch you, they make plans against you. Dhawan and a few of the other seniors have played a lot of international cricket, so I'd like to learn from them.”

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