New Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal is resting after being hospitalised with pneumonia.
– SPYder – Mahesh (@urstrulyGouse) July 26, 2017Welcome back #ShikharDhawan to Test Cricket. Zimbabwe humiliated them if not annihilated them.
Cricket fans attending the matches during the tour will get to see the world’s largest high definition sight screen along with 100 per cent LED HD quality systems, and crowd facing LEDs allowing for fan engagement not experienced before. On course, India won Test series against South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
The team has also gone through a big leadership change as Angelo Mathews chose to step down from captaincy following ICC Champions Trophy and Graham Ford ended his coaching stint with the Island side. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
The home team’s main problem could be in the batting department where they just look short of experience or depth.
India’s solid batting lineup gives them the freedom to bat first should they win the toss and express themselves, something newly elected coach Ravi Shastri has emphasized on since taking over. He has been on the wrong side of the coaching saga off late and he needs to come out of it as soon as possible. But India and Zimbabwe are different teams, and we are playing global cricket so that confidence should help the boys. There is both class and variety in this five-man pack, and the conditions as much as anything else might preclude the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav, the chinaman bowler whose ilk has repeatedly troubled the Sri Lankans in the past.
“I did really well last time in 2015”. So, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are likely to open the innings for India. Pujara comes down the track and looks to attack the fifth ball, but hits it straight to the fielder at square leg.
He said, “In the next two Tests on the 2015 tour, we played with all-rounder (Binny) and it created the whole difference”.
Overall, the first day of this exciting match is going very well and surely going to end well for the Indian team.
Pandya broke into the scene in the 2014-15 season after having a good season with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
Kohli has enough options from his pace bowling department, which includes the likes of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with Hardik Pandya providing him the extra all-round option.