India vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: India's Probable playing XI

January 03, 2023

Sports Tak Staff

Team India's first assignment of 2023 is against Sri Lanka. The T20I series will begin on January 03. 

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not a part of India's T20I squad for Sri Lanka series. 

Hardik Pandya will lead India in Rohit's absence. All eyes will be on Hardik as he is being touted as the next full-time India captain. 

We take a look at India's probable playing XI against Sri Lanka in the first T20I. 

Openers: Ishan Kishan will probably open the innings with Shubman Gill as India ushers in a new era in T20Is. 

Middle-order: Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik and Deepak Hooda are likely to be India's batters in middle-order. 

Spinners: Axar Patel and Washington Sundar are the front-runners to secure a place in the XI as spinners. Both Axar and Washington can contribute with the bat.

Fast bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel and Umran Malik are like to be India's pace-bowling troika in 1st T20I versus Sri Lanka. 

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