India under Hardik are the favorites to defeat Asian Champions Sri Lanka

The overview

Even though it may not seem logical to schedule a T20 bilateral series at the start of a 50-over World Cup year, one can see the reasoning behind it: it may be driven more by business necessity than cricketing effectiveness. Although it is debatable if the FTP could have been designed more effectively, a regulator's earlier obligations to its broadcasters cannot be disregarded. It is impossible to exaggerate the significance of revenue generating.

The series still can't be classified as irrelevant despite its commercial obligations. The Indian team management has a lot to research and consider as a result of a new captain and a young, experimental side. The three-match series against Sri Lanka and the one that follows, against New Zealand later this month, can serve as the starting point for preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is slated for 2024.

Given that the tournament is more than 18 months away, the series may also help the players identify their roles, and the captain and coach can see how each player responds to various circumstances and carries out their assigned tasks. It can also put Hardik Pandya's captaincy, which was recently established but was hotly contested before, to the test. In other words, the team's collective metabolism may be set by the series.

The India-Sri Lanka T20I series, which begins on Monday, is theoretically an imbalance between the No. 1 and No. 8 teams. India has a startling 11-2 advantage at home and a 15-4 head-to-head advantage in bilateral matches, making them the clear favorites statistically as well. Additionally, Sri Lanka has never defeated India in a bilateral T20I series.

However, the Dasun Shanaka-led team just won the Asia Cup after defeating an Indian team that was playing at full strength en way to the UAE final. Consider that victory a surprise; nothing in this format can be taken for granted, and the Sri Lankans are hoping to acquire a sense of the conditions they will face while competing in the 50-over World Cup later this year.


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