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India captain for the Sri Lanka limited-overs series, Shikhar Dhawan, has admitted that the three-match T20I series will be crucial for him to put his name as a contender for the T20 World Cup. Dhawan did not feature in most of the matches of the T20I series against England at home earlier in the year. KL Rahul was preferred as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. However, Dhawan scored 600-plus runs in IPL 2020 and was the leading run-scorer this year as well until the tournament was suspended.

Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan admitted that India did not put up enough runs on the board after winning the toss and batting first in the third ODI in Colombo. Having already won the series, India made as many as five changes to the team that played the second one-dayer. India were all-out for 225 in 43.1 overs with Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav all contributing 40s. In response, Sri Lanka reached 227 for 7 in 39 overs in the rain-curtailed match. Avishka Fernando top-scored with 76 while Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 65.

India captain for the Sri Lanka limited-overs series, Shikhar Dhawan, has admitted that the three-match T20I series will be crucial for him to put his name as a contender for the T20 World Cup. Dhawan did not feature in most of the matches of the T20I series against England at home earlier in the year. KL Rahul was preferred as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. However, Dhawan scored 600-plus runs in IPL 2020 and was the leading run-scorer this year as well until the tournament was suspended.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday expressed sadness at the demise of India’s World Cup-winning batter Yashpal Sharma. The 66-year-old died of a cardiac arrest early on Tuesday morning. Taking to his official Twitter account, Ganguly wrote, "Sad to hear the news of Yashpal Sharma… had the opportunity to work with him as captain, player and then on TV. A very important part of the 1983 win which showed young players like us dream of trophies. RIP.”

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that he was confident of performing in the ODIs because he remained in a positive frame of mind even when he was not in the playing XI for the T20Is. Dhawan top-scored for India with 98 in the team’s total of 317 for 5 in the first ODI. Virat Kohli, debutant Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul also hit fifties as India put up an impressive batting display. In response, England folded up for 251 despite Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 94. With the 66-run win, India claimed the crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The BCCI has nominated Rohit Sharma for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the wake of his stellar performances across formats in 2019. Further, the names of Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Yadav have been shortlisted for the Arjuna Award.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stated he is willing to bat lower down the order to accommodate in-form openers Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul in the team

India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was light-heartedly trolled on social media by his captain Virat Kohli and batsman Shikhar Dhawan

Rohit Sharma celebrated his 100th T20I with a fantastic inning as India squared the three-match series against Bangladesh at Rajkot. Chasing a middling target of 154