The Indian cricket team has a really tough fixture list for the upcoming months of the season. They will be playing the World Test Championship Final, the T20 World Cup and completing the IPL 2021 tournament as well. This will put a lot of pressure on the players. A lot of these top stars may not get adequate rest and due to this the BCCI decided to give some of the players a bit of rest for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka. With that being said, Pundit and commentator Harsha Bhogle has now picked his ODI XI for the tour.
With some of the big guns being rested for the tour, it is up to the white-ball specialists to deliver. Sri Lanka has not been in the best of form in recent years. This makes it the perfect time for Team India to rest some of their stars and rather take it easy. That is what exactly they are looking to do.
Harsha Bhogle Picks These Eleven Stars To Start The Games Against Sri Lanka
The skipper for the Indian tour of Sri Lanka is Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He will have the responsibility of making this team fire and come back with a win. With that being said, the playing Xi will need to be well-balanced. Shikhar Dhawan will be back in the team as a senior opener as well. This is exactly why Harsha Bhogle spoke to Sportskeeda and gave his best XI that he would play for that tour.
Harsha Bhogle has picked his India ODI XI for the upcoming Sri Lanka white-ball series ???
— Sportskeeda India (@Sportskeeda) May 26, 2021
Though most of the players were expected to be on that list, the Pandya brothers were a rather surprising addition. Based on form, they both could have taken some more rest. However, it seems that this could be the tour that helps them revive their career before its too late.
Hardik and Krunal have been awful during the IPL 2021 tournament. Their lack of form has been one of the key reasons for the inconsistency that the Mumbai Indians’ team has shown. However, it is too early to give up on them and the duo have been picked by Harsha Bhogle.
The Player To Really Watch Out For From The Squad That He Picked?
Suryakumar Yadav will once again be the main player to watch out for. He has been impressive so far at any stage that he has held the bat at. Despite that, he will want to now produce the goods in the series against Sri Lanka, where a lot of top guns will be missing.
Another key player who will want to leave his mark is Kuldeep Yadav. The Chinaman has been a bench-warmer, not just for team India, but for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as well. Keeping that in mind, Harsha Bhogle still believes in him and sees potential.
The other key mentions are opener Prithvi Shaw, keeper Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey in the middle order. To add to that, Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Deepak Chahar will also be part of the squad. All the players in this list picked by Harsha Bhogle will want to perform and impress, as they wish to be picked for the T20 World Cup that could be held at the end of the year.