A new look for Team India, under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, they are all set to start the New Year with a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in Mumbai today.
India did manage to win eight of their nine bilateral T20I series in 2022 but they faltered in two major tournaments – World Cup and Asia Cup – last year.
In a bid to prepare for the 2024 T20 World Cup, the Indian team management had decided to initiate the transition phase from the very first series of 2023.
Rohit Sharma, who is currently recovering from his finger injury, will not participate in the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Rohit is expected to make a comeback in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Indian team batting with the absence of big names like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul will depend a lot on vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav in the T20Is against the defending Asia Cup champions.
In the bowling unit, left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh is expected to lead India’s charge against Sri Lanka. The first T20I match between India and Sri Lanka will be played on January 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The penultimate game is scheduled to be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on January 5. The final encounter of the T20I series will be played two days later at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
The opening ODI between India and Sri Lanka will take place on January 10 at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati. The second ODI is slated to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on January 12. The third and final ODI match will take place at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on January 15.
Ahead of Tuesday’s first T20I match between India and Sri Lanka; here is all you need to know:
- The 2023 1st T20I match is played between India and Sri Lanka on January 3, in Mumbai.
- The T20I match between India and Sri Lanka will begin at 7 pm IST, live streaming on Star Sports and Disney Hotstar.
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