Captain of India for the limited tour of Sri Lanka, Shikhar Davan on Sunday, he described the upcoming series as a challenge and said matches in the island nation would give final players the opportunity to showcase their talent and take a place on the main team.
“This is a very good team. There is positivity, confidence in our team and everyone is confident that we will do well. There is a lot of excitement,” Davan said at the virtual press conference before leaving in the presence of head coach Rahul Dravid.
“It’s a new challenge, but at the same time it’s a great opportunity for all of us to show our talent. Everyone is waiting (the start of the tour).
“It’s been 13-14 days since we quarantined, so the players are waiting for us to hit the ground and we have 10-12 days to prepare.”
In the absence of a regular skipper Virat Kohli and the main country currently touring England, Davan will lead a second-string Indian team in the limited series against Sri Lanka next month. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be his deputy.
India is expected to face Sri Lanka in three one-day internationals and as many as twenty-twenty matches of the tour, which will start on July 13 and end on July 25 at the international cricket stadium R Premadasa in Colombo.
Young weapons like Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw expected to play in the team, which also has two players who guard the door in the young Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson.
Speaking about the team, Davan said: “The boys are doing an intelligent job and are looking forward to these matches. The players have already performed well, be it in IPL.
“The team is a pleasant combination of experience and youth,” said the left-hander, who is the first captain of India.