Rohit Sharma to lead team for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka while Kohli and Dhoni rest

  • Rohit Sharma to lead team for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka while Kohli and Dhoni rest
25-02-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Rohit Sharma will lead a second string team comprising the leading performers in domestic tournaments. Shikhar Dhawan will be his deputy in a side that has as many as six changes.

Skipper Virat Kohli along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni were prominent among the players rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka, which will start in March 6. In a press release, national selector MSK Prasad said MS Dhoni was not available for selection as he had requested for rest.

On predicted lines, top fast bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah has been rested along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya after they shared enormous workload on the South Africa tour. Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav is also not in the Sri Lanka bound team. A close look will indicate that selectors maintained consistency by selecting all those players, who were part of the home T20s against Sri Lanka in December.

Coming back in the team are prolific keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, after a solid season in white-ball cricket including centuries in both national T20s and One-dayers. Off spinner Washington Sundar, pacer Mohammed Siraj and all rounder Deepak Hooda are back in the side after the home series against Sri Lanka.

Pandya will be replaced by all rounder Vijay Shankar. Dinesh Karthik is the first keeper while Pant may play as pure batsman.The prominent performer to miss out was Mayank Agarwal who scored 2000 plus runs in the season.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk).

Tags : Rohit Sharma T20 tri-series Sri Lanka Sports News

Leave a reply.