Shikhar Dhawan to lead India for Sri Lanka tour in July; Bhuvneshwar Kumar named as his deputy

Shikhar Dhawan to lead India for Sri Lanka tour in July; Bhuvneshwar Kumar named as his deputy

Shikhar Dhawan to lead India for Sri Lanka tour in July; Bhuvneshwar Kumar named as his deputy

New Delhi: Opener Shikhar Dhawan was on Thursday named as captain of the Indian team that will travel to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour next month while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be his deputy.

India are scheduled to clash with Sri Lanka in three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 matches on the tour, which will begin on 13 July and conclude on 25 July at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo.

The Indian cricket Board named a 20-member squad that has all-rounder Hardik Pandya and spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Young guns like Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw expectedly feature in the squad that also has two wicketkeeper batsmen in young Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson.

Shikhar Dhawan scored match-winning 98 in the first ODI on his return to the Indian side. Image: Sportzpics for BCCI

Meanwhile, Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, and Simarjeet Singh were named as the net bowlers.

India's squad: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya

Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh.