The Indian skipper Rohit Sharma spoke a few words about their team for the Nidahas tournament to be held from today at Colombo. He said that the absence of big guns like Kohli and Dhoni is a blessing for the team in disguise. The team did some practice yesterday for the inaugural match ahead.
The Indian cricket team is heading to participate in the Nidahas tournament along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh without crucial players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya. The Indian skipper is to be assisted by Shikhar Dhawan as vice-captain. Rohit Sharma said that according to him, the absence of star players is an opportunity to assess the competency of the side.
Speaking to the press on the occasion of unveiling the Nidahas tournament, Rohit Sharma said that “It is always important to know your bench strength. Players have been consistently performing on ‘A’ tours, Ranji Trophy, domestic tournaments, age-group games. It is the right time to blood them in. We want to see how they play here and not rush them directly in the ICC tournaments.”
According to the Sri Lankan coach Hathurusingha, Indians are the favorites in this tournament by two series victories against South Africa. But the Indian captain declined his comments and said that he was very cautious about the assessment of the team’s strengths and weaknesses.
“T20s are such a format where the game can change in a span of one over. It is like the English Premier League, where any team can achieve victory on a given day,” he added.
This is the second Nidahas tournament India is about to play. This tri-national series was conducted in the ODI format between India, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand in 1998. At that time, India won the title by six runs. The match had the marks of the world record set by Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly, the partnership of 252 runs as the opening stand.
Rohit recollected about the memories with a beam of the smile, saying “I was only 10 years old when this tournament took place. It gives me immense happiness to lead the team during Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day.”
The Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said in a statement to the press that the team is at the heights of spirits to encounter its friendly foes by the victory in the series against Bangladesh, but it takes a lot of hard work to keep the journey ahead.
In this regard, Chandimal said, “Every time you can’t say that this is our transition period, so we are looking at the 2019 World Cup, we are thinking about that, we are doing all the hard work as a unit too.”