IND vs SL: Focus on Rohit Sharma’s leadership in Virat Kohli’s 100th Test
IND vs SL: Team India will be looking to continue their dominance in the two-match Test series against the Lankan Lions after sweeping Sri Lanka in the T20 series.
The first match of the two-Test series will played on Friday at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali between the two sides. All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who will be playing his 100th Test match in this match. On this particular occasion, Kohli will be eager to get back in the running. In 99 Tests, the 33-year-old has scored 7,962 runs at an average of 50.39 and has 27 tons to his name. However, since 2019, the batter has failed to score a century in international cricket. And the entire nation is waiting for his 71st international century.
Rohit Sharma will share part of the spotlight with Kohli. Also it will be his debut match as India’s Test captain in Mohali. India will be looking to rebound from their 2-1 series loss to South Africa earlier this year. Sri Lanka trounced the West Indies in their most recent Test series, winning 2-0.
The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship, in which Sri Lanka is ranked first and India is ranked fifth.
For the hosts, youngsters like Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari, as well as Shreyas Iyer as a backup middle-order batter, are set to be long-term alternatives for established players like Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. After a dismal showing with the bat, both senior players were dropped from the squad.
Rishabh Pant, a dangerous hitter, might replace Ajinkya Rahane, who was predominantly a middle-order batsman. With players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill. And Hanuma Vihari, India now has a strong batting lineup. As a result, dropping any of the aforementioned players for the first Test match will be difficult for the team management and skipper.
Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami would be eager to get back in form for the series against the Lions. However, after the heartbreaking multi-series loss to South Africa. Indian pacers have failed to make an impression in the last two Tests against the Proteas. And they would prefer to be at their best at home against their subcontinental neighbours.
The visitors, who have swept the hosts in T20Is. They will be looking to make their mark in the longer format of the game. Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne is hoping that his team’s batting. And bowling lineups perform well enough to avoid another whitewash.
The Sri Lankan team is relying on their spinners to succeed. But slow bowling may not be enough to stop the Indian batsmen.
India also has some of the best spinners in the world. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja would be difficult to face for Sri Lanka’s hitters. Also Dasun Shanaka, the captain, is hoping that his squad can get their act together. And put up a fight against the hosts.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Priyank Panchal, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Saurabh Kumar, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav and Jayant Yadav.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (Wicket-keeper), Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay.