Shikhar Dhawan says IND VS SL, 1st T20 I: T20 series allows new players

India will play the first match of the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka on Sunday. India won the ODI series 2-1. India captain Shikhar Shan has said the team will try new faces in the three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka on Sunday, but only if they match the best XI. India had allowed five new players in the last ODI. Dhawan has indicated on Saturday that he will not hesitate to experiment with newcomer Rituraj Gaikwad, Varun Chakraborty and Devadat Padikkal but his priority is to win the series.

“There is definitely room for new players to play,” Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the first match. We must win the series. It was a great opportunity for some youngsters to play in international cricket as we have already won the series in the last ODI. Now this is a new series so we bring out our best Eleven. We try to win the first two games and then if the situation requires it, we can experiment with the last game.

However, Dhawan admits that the Indian Premier League has prepared these players for international cricket. “Of course they’re ready, that’s why they’re here,” he said. You have seen how well the youngsters performed in the one-day international series so they can go to the T20 international series with this confidence. As a team we have created a wonderful environment here. Desperate to work well as a team. Not only the young players but also the senior players are eager to perform well.

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Dhawan said the changes in the team will be in line with the situation. “It (team change) is determined by the situation. As I said, if we win the first two games we have the option of playing any combination. Otherwise our main goal is to go with the best Eleven to win the series. The Indian leader said, ‘That’s our priority. After that, if we can win this series as a one-day international series, we can think of an experiment. Dhawan believes the Sri Lankan team has improved enough in the ODI series.

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Dhawan said he was also aware of his performance in the T20 World Cup squad. “It’s very important,” he said. Of course, any international match has its own effect and now even if you perform internationally, it will have a big impact. So personally I look forward to doing well here and securing my place in the squad for the World Cup. Then let’s see what happens in the future. Dhawan said the team’s strategy would be to take care of both Prithvi Shah and Suryakumar Yadav, as there was no formal consultation from the Indian Cricket Board regarding the departure of the two players.

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