In a recent interview, Sanjay Manjrekar picked three Indian players who would play a significant role in upcoming India vs Sri Lanka series. The Indian team will play six limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka from 13th July. Shikhar Dhawan has been selected to lead the team under the guidance of Rahul Dravid. He has experience playing many white-ball matches and is one of the top players at the international level. The new-look Indian team consists of many young players who would be eager to establish themselves at the international level.
Sanjay Manjrekar picked Suryakumar Yadav as the first significant player of the series. In white-ball matches, the Indian team always had an unstable middle-order. It became one of the biggest reasons behind India’s loss at the 2019 World Cup. Suryakumar Yadav can be the perfect fit for the middle-order to play at number 3 or 4.
The former cricketer, also pointed out that Suryakumar Yadav should continue to play in the same form as he has in IPL 2021 and T20I series against England. It would also help him get selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Suryakumar Yadav had an impressive T20I debut against England. He would hope to maintain his form and perform similarly in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. There is a lot of competition for the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year. He would have to work hard to get selected to the Indian squad.
Manjrekar picked two other Indian players to watch out for in the upcoming series
Manjrekar opined that the left-arm angle of Chetan Sakariya can add variety to the Indian bowling attack. His performance in the IPL was impressive and he is capable of getting important wickets. He is a left-arm seamer who would add variety to the team.
During the IPL, he showed the ability to play at all the stages of T20 cricket. He bowled the tough overs of IPL at an impressive economic rate. It showed his ability as a bowler to perform at different stages and pick up good wickets.
Sanjay Manjrekar picked Varun Chakravarthy as the third important player on the Sri Lanka tour. It is the right time for the Indian Team to have more spinners apart from Chahal and Yadav.
Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Chakravarty can bring in some mystery elements like Sunil Narine. He has a special quality that not many spinners possess. Chakravarty has a good nature and is able to bowl a straight line. So, he can get batsmen bowled or lbw if they try to take risks against him. He can get wickets for India in the middle-overs and control the run flow.