India vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I Preview : Rohit Sharma led side eyes for easy win over Sri Lanka
Focus will be on second choice India players when Rohit Sharma-led side takes on hosts Sri Lanka in the opening fixture of the Nidahas Trophy T20I tournament. Having faced Sri Lanka in 18 international matches this season (6 Tests, 8 ODIs and 4 T20Is) on home and away basis, another face-off can only add to the players as well as viewers' fatigue due to lack of context. However, for a bunch of youngsters, who will get to wear the India blues with as many as six top players being rested, would consider this a god-sent opportunity. Even though this is a T20 tournament, a good performance will keep the national selection committee interested for those limited batting slots in the middle-order and perhaps for the reserve pacers. Sri Lanka have recently won a tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh and they will take a lot of confidence from the fact. The likes of Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera are all talented but the firepower in their game has been missing for quite some time now. However, T20 is one format where predicting a favourite has always been foolhardy.