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Shikhar Dhawan to lead Indian squad for Sri Lanka series

NEW DELHI: The BCCI’s senior selection committee Thursday announced a 20-man limited-overs India squad for the July tour of Sri Lanka.
In the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team.

“Humbled by the opportunity to lead my country Thank you for all your wishes”, Dhawan tweeted after the list was announced.

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The Men in Blue will play three ODIs and three T20Is against the hosts at the R Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

On July 13, 16 and 18, the ODIs will be played while the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23 and 25.

A total of six new players have been added to the squad — Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy and Nitish Rana.

A total of five new bowlers have also been added — Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simranjeeet Singh.

India’s red-ball contingent, on the other hand, is now in England where they are preparing for the ICC World Test Championship final, which will be held at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton from June 18-22.

India Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya.

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