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India vs Sri Lanka 2024: Confirmed T20 Squad List of Players

Hardik Pandya set to return as we look at the best predicted squad and players list for India vs Sri Lanka 2024 T20 series.

As Team India fight the T20 series battle against Zimbabwe, the management and the selectors are already speeding up their planning for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. It will be the dawn of a new era for Team India with Gautam Gambhir taking over the reins from Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of the Indian team. It will also mark a new era for the T20 team, which will be without the stalwarts Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Post the success of the T20 World Cup 2024, most of the senior members of the Indian team are taking a well-deserved break. So, the likes of Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, etc., are currently on a break with the junior or young team being given the opportunity to lead and perform in the 5-match T20 series against Zimbabwe. With a lot of senior players missing, Shubman Gill has been given the responsibility to lead the side. 

But with the next series, which is the Sri Lanka T20 and ODI series at the end of July, most of the senior players are expected to return, and India are expected to play a full-fledged side in both formats. With Team India planning to play a 3-match T20 series, what is the best squad list that Team India can deploy for the 2024 T20 series vs Sri Lanka? Well, let’s find out in this article as we decode the players list. 

India vs Sri Lanka 2024 Best Predicted T20 Squad for Indian Team

Batters – Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav & Yashasvi Jaiswal

Starting with the batters, India selected four batters in the T20 series vs Zimbabwe in the form of Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, and Yashasvi Jaiswal. While these four shall also feature in the T20 series vs Sri Lanka, we should also expect the World’s number 1 T20 batter, Suryakumar Yadav to also feature in the squad. Overall, with Rohit and Kohli missing, a lot will be dependent on Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill, and Yashasvi Jaiswal for the time being. 

WKs – Rishabh Pant & Sanju Samson

Coming to wicket-keepers, India should continue the same duo of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson as we have seen in the 2024 T20 World Cup. So, Dhruv Jurel, who recently made his T20I debut for Team India, may not have added much in the batting department, but did really well as a keeper, will have to sit out. However, there could be a possibility that Team India may want to manage Pant’s workload, and in that case, Dhruv Jurel may get a go again. 

All-rounders – Abhishek Sharma, Axar Patel & Hardik Pandya

Coming to all-rounders, we should finally see the return of Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel in the side Both Axar and Hardik were rested for the Zimbabwe T20 series. But with the Sri Lanka series almost a month away, both will be fresh and raring to go. The main question here shall be who fills the void for Ravindra Jadeja? Well, at this moment, Abhishek Sharma and Washington Sundar are the two names in the picture. But of the two, Abhishek may be preferred more.  

Bowlers – Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar & Ravi Bishnoi

Finally, talking about the bowling department, India won’t take any risk on Jasprit Bumrah, and he should continue to remain rested with the Bangladesh and New Zealand Test series in mind. With Bumrah not there, Siraj may remain on the sidelines due to his ineffectiveness in the T20 format. In addition, Mohammed Shami and Mayank Yadav may need more time to recover, hence, both shall remain absent for the Sri Lanka tour. 

So, we should see the return of Arshdeep Singh as the leading pacer with good support from Mukesh Kumar and Avesh Khan. Kuldeep Yadav shall also return to lead the spin department, and Ravi Bishnoi should overpower Yuzvendra Chahal to become the second-best spinner in the squad. So, overall, India should go ahead with 3 pacers + 2 spinners combination with the other three bowlers being all-rounders.  

India vs Sri Lanka 2024 Best Predicted T20 Squad for Indian Team:

Batters: Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav & Yashasvi Jaiswal

WKs: Rishabh Pant & Sanju Samson

All-rounders: Abhishek Sharma, Axar Patel & Hardik Pandya (c)

Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar & Ravi Bishnoi

So, that’s about the best predicted T20 series squad and players list for Team India for the 2024 T20 series vs Sri Lanka. Overall, India should mostly select a 15-member squad for the series. In case, they plan to add more members, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shivam Dube should be the players in line to get selected. 

Meanwhile, talking about the India vs Sri Lanka 2024 T20 series schedule, the series begins on July 28 with the second and third T20I being played on July 29 and July 31 respectively. The time for all the matches shall be 7 pm IST,  but the venues for all three T20Is and ODIs are yet to be announced. 

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