In the new year 2023, on the 3rd of January, the first match of the 3-match T20I series (Sri Lanka vs India T20I Series, 2023) will take place. Hardik Pandya, who is captaining the team in this series, is likely to hit the ground running with his own playing XI for this match.
Significantly, out of 26 matches of the 9 T20I series played between Sri Lanka and India so far, India has won 17 matches and Sri Lanka has won 8 matches. One match was inconclusive. In such a situation, India will have the upper hand mentally as well.
But, the Sri Lankan team that beat India in the Asia Cup T20I, 2022 is brimming with confidence. The Sri Lankan team, which became the champion by defeating Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup, will also take the field with a trick to beat the Indian team.
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And since, this upcoming series will be missing the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, skipper Hardik Pandya will need to build a formidable playing XI in his Rapid Action Force. In this context, Shubman Gill and Ishaan Kishan will be brought in as openers. Sanju Samson is also explosive. 2 spin and 3 seamers can be taken.
India’s possible playing-XI
Ishan Kishan Wicket-keeper, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya Captain, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal Chahal), Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik.