Opening batsman Rohit Sharma will lead India as regular captain Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20 tri-series to be held in Sri Lanka from March 6 to 18 in Colombo. Both Hooda and Shankar have been part of India squads in the past, but neither of them is capped.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will also be reportedly re-energising for the Indian Premier League giving the Nidahas Tournament a miss. India will be once again captained by Rohit Sharma as he did in the last T20I against South Africa in the previous home series against Sri Lanka. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests. So has Rishabh Pant. His blistering 38-ball 116 against Himachal Pradesh brought him back into the top shelf after having endured a tough Ranji season with only one fifty to his credit. "Mr MS Dhoni was not available for selection as he had requested for rest", he said.
As India's victorious journey in South Africa came to an end, the team is ready for smashing runs at the forthcoming Twenty20 global tournament "Nidahas Trophy" in Sri Lanka under the captaincy of "Hitman" Rohit Sharma. The Indian selection committee, led by chief selector MSK Prasad, rested key players citing enormous workload on the back of successful South Africa tour and India's future schedule. "The high-performance team has suggested that adequate rest should be given to our fast bowlers to help improve athletic performance, maximize rest and prevent injury", he added.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has invited the two neighbouring nations to play the triangular series on the historic occasion of Sri Lanka's 70th year of independence.