SLvsIND: India tour to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series has come to an end after India bagged the three matches ODI series by 2-1 while Sri Lanka clinched the T20I series by the same margin.
Despite several difficulties and uncertainties midway through the tour, India remained confident to complete the tour. The major setback India got was the covid positive report of Krunal Pandya after which nine players including the affected player were sent into isolation.
Nevertheless, the tour has come to a happy end after a lot of toil and a series of highs and lows from both sides. India looked in complete control to bag the T20I series as well, however, one incident changed the dynamics of the game.
Even though Indian players didn’t manage to perform to their calibre, there are a few areas where India remained at the top of the game. Especially some players who showed great signs ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
SLvsIND: 3 major takeaway’s for India from the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka:
India’s young leg spinner Rahul Chahar has put up a strong statement cheering for him with his recent limited-overs performances in Sri Lanka. He got the opportunity to make his debut in ODI’s in the last match and he made it a memorable one by picking up 3 crucial wickets.
In the presence of other senior spinners, Chahar was eventually benched in the first T20I, however, got another opportunity in the second T20I after senior players were forced into isolation.
The spinner managed to get a solitary wicket in the 2nd T20I while clipped off three wickets in the final T20I.
Moreover, Chahar was good with his economy and picked wickets timely to maintain the pressure.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021, Rahul Chahar made a memorable outing that will push his case for the World Cup and could be one with Yuzvendra Chahal to lead the spin attack for India.
Rahul Chahar’s brother Deepak Chahar will be happy for himself by what he has done for the team in the recent Sri Lanka tour even though he had to sit out in the last two T20I due to covid protocols.
The pacer was steady with his approach in all the games he played. Chahar picked up six wickets in three games (two ODIs and one T20I).
Moreover, to add a cherry on top of his bowling, Deepak took India over the line in the second ODI when the team was struggling with batting.
Deepak Chahar added unbeaten 69 runs for India in the penultimate ODI to seal the ODI series in the second game itself. Overshadowing the likes of Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar showed a great display of sensible cricket.
Surely he has put forth his name in the list of pacers for the T20 World Cup, if not in the list of all-rounders.
India’s middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been at top of his game in the recent ODI and T20I series. Yadav got his maiden international call-up pretty late, but he has made his limited international appearances count.
The 30-years old cricketer amassed 134 runs in two ODIs and one T20I match in the Sri Lanka tour. He also had to sit out in the last two T20Is due to the covid issue.
Yadav smacked two half-centuries in the series and was India’s most valuable batsman. With his recent performances, he has won everyone’s heart and is most probable to win a slot in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.
Moreover, the cricketer owing to his brilliant white ball record, he recently received his maiden Test call up for the England tour.