Team India’s budding players are about to face a testing period in the Nidahas tournament in the absence of crucial players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. This tournament is scheduled to be contested between India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This tournament is to be held from March 6th to March 18th.Rohit Sharma will lead the team for this tournament. New players including Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar were offered a chance to play for the team. Some of these players played a few domestic matches. Rishabh Pant, a 20-year-old batsman is one of such players. His century off 32 balls against Himachal Pradesh in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament stood next to the record of Chris Gayle’s record of fastest century in the T20Is, 100 off 30 balls.
The team is about to enter the ground as favorites and has to tackle the competition without big hitters like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Jayadev Unadkat, 26, took 7 wickets in six T20Is he played is a ray of hope for the team in the absence of consistent players like Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Unadkat is the highest paid Indian player for IPL 2018, sold out for Royal Challengers Bangalore for USD 1.8 million.
India is on a boost of confidence by series victories from tour to South Africa but the encounter with Sri Lanka in the inaugural game is not a cake walk.
Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar wrote in this context that, India has decided to rest their star players after the arduous South Africa tour and this gives an opportunity to some young players to show their mettle… and that they are ready for international cricket.”
The Sri Lankan coach HaruthuSingha spoke to the press and expressed the optimism about the team’s win. He said: “We can definitely go and compete with bigger teams, but in cricket, you can’t guarantee results,”
“What we can aspire to… is to try and get better every time we train, every time we play and try to do our best.”
The Bangladeshi coach and former West Indies captain Courtney Walsh said: “If we can get consistent, we will be happy. It is going to be the biggest challenge and it is something that I will be stressing on a lot.