Sri Lanka announces a strong 20-member squad for T20I and ODI vs India; Big names make their return
After a mixed tour of Bangladesh, Team India will have their next assignment at home. They will host Sri Lanka for three T20Is starting on January 3, followed by three ODIs that will start on January 10. India announced their for T20Is and ODIs on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) has also announced its two squads for the tour on Wednesday evening. They have announced a strong 20-player squad for both series. Dasun Shanaka will lead the team, while star all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne has made his comeback to the team.
Apart from him, Pramod Madushan, and Dilshan Madushanka have also made thier comebacks to the team. There are some new faces on the team as well. Nuwanidu Fernando got his maiden ODI call after some consistent performances at the domestic level. He also did well in the recently concluded Lanka Premier League.
Speaking of his domestic stats, he has scored 1771 runs in 31 first-class games at an average of 40.25. Some Sri Lankan players who are part of the Abu Dhabi T10 League and LPL are in good form and are likely to challenge the Indian team.
On the other hand, Avishka Fernando, who suffered an injury in Australia, is also back with the team. He was the pick of the batter in the LPL 2022. Meanwhile, star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been doing some incredible stuff with both bat and ball in recent times.
Thus, he will be a big challenger for the hosts. The young spin duo of Dunith Wellalage and Mahesh Theekshana are also part of both squads. Notably, Chamika Karunaratne, who was banned by the SLC for a month due to his alleged indisciplined behaviour in the 2022 T20 World Cup, made a strong comeback in the LPL.
Sri Lankan T20I Squad vs IND: Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga (vc), Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Ashen Bandara, Dunith Wellalage, Lahiru Kumara, Pramod Madushan, Nuwan Thushara
Sri Lankan ODI Squad vs IND: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Pathum Nissanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dilshan Madushanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwanidu Fernando, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan