SL vs IND: A second-string Team India will play all six matches of its Sri Lanka tour at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, beginning July 13. With Virat Kohli-led Team India in England, the white-ball specialists will take on Sri Lanka for a three-match ODIs and three-match T20Is series in Sri Lanka with Rahul Dravid as the coach during the tour. It will see Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning to the fold after being overlooked for the England tour.
As per a Times of India report, all six matches will be held at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo with broadcaster Sony Sports revealing the dates of the matches. The selectors will pick the squad with all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer set to return to the fold. As per the TOI report, Shreyas Iyer could lead the side.
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) June 8, 2021
SL vs IND: None of India’s players, who are a part of the travelling group for the World Test Championship final and the England Test series, will be part of the Sri Lanka series.
Former India skipper and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series against Sri Lanka in July. This will be his second stint with the Indian team after working with the boys as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.
SL vs IND: Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments had confirmed that the NCA head would be leading the team as the trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and Vikram Rathour will be in England with the Test team.
“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage,” the official said.
SL vs IND: Before taking over as the head of NCA in 2019, Dravid had worked closely with the current crop of youngsters in the Indian team at the U-19 level as well as in the India ‘A’ team. In fact, he is seen to have played an integral role in building solid bench strength for the national team over the last couple of years — having taken charge of the U-19 and ‘A’ team in 2015