Where the whites were completely dominated by India, the situation doesn’t seem to be too different in colored clothing either. The hosts were absolutely decimated in the Test series where they suffered a 3-0 whitewash. As the game moves towards the shorter format, Sri Lanka would seek inspiration from the last meeting of the 2 teams where they emerged victorious in the Champions Trophy game.
The contest between the No. 3 ranked side and the No. 8 doesn’t promise a thrilling contest yet the two sides possess a talented bunch of youngsters who would be looking to make a mark in the series. While the focus always remains on the experienced lot like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga, it’s the younger unit that will be under the scanner.
Let’s take a look at the 5 players to watch out for in the ODI series
#1 Yuzvendra Chahal
There has been an increased demand for wrist spinners in the 50-over format over the past couple of years. Imran Tahir of South Africa has redefined the way the spinners bowl in the middle overs and a few other countries have followed the trend of keeping wrist spinners in the playing XI. In the absence of regular spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Chahal would fancy his chances.
The last time the leg-spinner played for India, he bagged the best figures by an Indian in the T20I format earlier this year against England. The 27-year-old is a street-smart bowler and the variations in the spin department make him an ideal pick in the ODI format as well. A few good outings can help him earn a permanent place in the squad.