Sri Lanka in India 2015-16 February 1, 2016

Virat Kohli rested for Sri Lanka T20s

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Batsman Virat Kohli has been rested for the three T20 internationals against Sri Lanka in February ahead of the Asia Cup later in the month. Delhi left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, who used to play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, received his first call up to the India side.

Swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed the recent three-match T20I series against Australia due to a fractured thumb, has also been named in the squad along with middle-order batsman Manish Pandey.

Kohli was the highest run-getter in the T20I series in Australia that India swept 3-0 on Sunday, tallying 199 runs in three matches with a half-century in each game. In the preceding ODI series, Kohli had struck two centuries and two fifties, scoring 381 runs in five matches at an average of 76.20.

From the T20 squad that played in Australia, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Umesh Yadav missed out on selection for the Sri Lanka series, which starts on February 9 in Pune. Rishi and Gurkeerat had been called to Australia as cover for Bhuvneshwar and Ajinkya Rahane, who had both picked up injuries during the ODIs.

Negi, who is a useful hitter lower down the order, struck 173 runs for Delhi in nine matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in January, and claimed six wickets at an average of 33.66. Negi also played for the Delhi Daredevils franchise between 2012 and 2013, before he was signed by Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 IPL auction. In 14 matches for Super Kings, across the IPL and the Champions League T20, Negi took 13 wickets at an average of 29. His overall T20 record stands at 46 wickets from 56 T20 games with an economy rate of 7.42 and 479 runs with the bat.

The three-match T20I series will be played in Pune, Ranchi and Visakhapatnam on February 9, 12 and 14 respectively. Delhi was earlier scheduled to host the second T20, but the match was moved out after the Delhi & District Cricket Association informed the BCCI that it would not be able to host the game.

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  • Manesh on February 8, 2016, 11:09 GMT

    India can send U19 team against this med SL team. Earlier it was the mighty Aus and now the minnow SL. both will get same result. Keep ready your excuses.

  •   Raj Lakmin on February 5, 2016, 17:44 GMT

    India will smash 300 in one of these matches or at least a score above 250.

  • mukesh on February 4, 2016, 19:34 GMT

    Indian attack would be 2 Pacers and Ashwin + Jaddu . what about missing pieces captain and selectors are banking on Yuvi + Hardik combination which might be good abroad but not in Sub continent . we need backup spinner - another specialist mystery spinner like Amit mishra or Kuldeep yadav not bhajji who has past his sell by date.

  •   Sudheer Singhania on February 4, 2016, 16:32 GMT

    I think that the playing xi of India for wc 2016 should be 1.Rohit sharma 2.Shikar dhawan 3.Virat kohli 4.suresh raina 5.Yuvraj singh 6.M S dhoni 7. Ravindra jadeja 8.Pawan negi/Hardik pandya 9.Ravichandran ashwin 10.Bhuveneshwar kumar/Aashish nehra 11.Jasprit bumrah if india will follow this combination definetely it will win the world cup all the best india !!!!!!!

  • Sugesh on February 4, 2016, 2:26 GMT

    India is clearly the favorites for the world cup T20 2016 except they won't be able to win it.

  • Ashok on February 3, 2016, 15:29 GMT

    SAURAVJAIN: The SL series is bit of a interlude prior to Asia Cup & WC later this month. So let us not be carried away with the players selected. At the same time the XI for the WC has to be finalised by testing new talent who may be as back up guys. The SL series is primarily used for that purpose. It is essential to give some players a break/rest after the Aussie Tour. Regular bowlers like Ashwin, Jadeja deserve rest, before the WC. That seems to be the reason for Negi's inclusion. I felt Mishra was a better choice to try!. As for Jadeja's skills, he himself admits that he is a fielder first, Bowler next & batsmen last - in that order. With Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni @ 4,5,6, he cannot be #5. Pandya is a young attacking bat & a decent Medium pacer, who has done well in that role. Dhoni thinks that he may be the answer to the pace bowling all rounder's need. His spot in the XI for WC depends upon his showing in the SL series. I think the T20 team that beat the Aussies is a good one.

  • Lonely on February 3, 2016, 14:10 GMT

    The team selection for T20WC and Asia Cup is on Feb 5 and the Squad should be 1.Rohit 2.Dhawan/Rahane 3.Uthappa 4.Kolhi 5.Raina 6.Yuvraj 7.Dhoni 8.Hardik 9.Negi 10.Jadeja 11.Ashwin 12.Harbajan/Mishra 13.Bumrah 14.Nehra 15.Bhuvneshwar.This team has a good combination of Batsmans,All Rounders ,Spinners,Fast Bolwers, Wicket Keepers & Fantastic Fielders.Sure this team can win the WC.Selectors don't do any mistakes in selecting the players its not a series, its a WC & whole India is waiting for this tournament...

  • Anumodh on February 3, 2016, 8:44 GMT

    Well,I am a lil Suprised as Selectors are ignoring one Potent Allrounder Irfan Pathan especially after his Prolific Syed Mustaq trophy.. Irfan Pathan Needs to be groomed as a Allrounder.. He is 32 and not 38.. My Squad for T20Wc would be : 1.Rohit Sharma 2.Shikhar Dhawan 3.Virat Kohli 4.Yuvraj Singh 5.Suresh Raina 6.MS Dhoni 7.Ajinkya Rahane/Manish Pandey 8.Hardik Pandya 9.Ravindra Jadeja 10.Ravichandran Ashwin 11.Amit Mishra/Harbhajan Singh 12.Ashish Nehra 13.Jasprit Bumrah 14.Irfan Pathan 15.Vinay Kumar(I am going with Vinay just because of his variations & slower bowls but his spot can be debated..) (Any one good Pace Bowler)

  • Krishen on February 3, 2016, 8:00 GMT

    @OLDTIMER01 Surely you are puzzled with stats given in my comments. Analysis by averages, hundreds/ wickets never tells the real story. You can cross check on ESPNCRICINFO scorecards. In my comments reference was made to top 2 match batting / bowling contributions in test wins. If a player with 12 failures in 14 innings can be retained (a correct decision) why single out others. New players should be selected after playing at least 2 seasons in domestic cricket & physical fitness/ match fitness should be essential for selection. In IND cricket is being is played at association/ IPL / national level with plethora of coaches with possible contradictory views. Therefore, all contracted players for improved performances should be under guidance of national batting/bowling/fitness coaches & their workload should be controlled to avoid player burnout- an institutional concept. Contrary to your views MSD has already leapfrogged as the best ever captain in all forms of cricket in world.

  • Saurav on February 3, 2016, 5:27 GMT

    @SAMROY There are lots of platform for grooming like Ranji,Domestics. Any player can be in 15 member squad if he is exceptional in atleast one department. See the guy who are you telling as my favourite cricketer (good joke!) ranks excellent in all three formats of ICC with bowl and outbeaten most other bowler. Pandya can neither bowl his four overs,nor in death,nor can save runs,nor can bowl with new ball. Bowling at 135 does not mean a good bowler. And by the way it is fact that Jadeja is uncomfortable with swinging balls in Test but simultaneously he is Ranked

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