They Join the Wall, Rahul Dravid who is the head coach
T Dilip and P Mhambrey are part of the team that will be going to Sri Lanka in 2021 for India’s upcoming tour. They will join Rahul Dravid, who has already been confirmed as acting head coach of this squad. The senior team coach Ravi Shastri is currently with the first team on a Test series tour in England.
Team India is slated to play three ODIs and three T20I matches against the islanders from July 17th to July 23rd. The ODIs were initially planned to start on July 13th, but due to an outbreak of COVID among the Sri Lankan team officials, the decision was made to re-schedule.
Mhambrey, the former Indian seam bowler, was widely touted to deputize Dravid, unlike Dilip, whose announcement caught many by surprise. Mhambrey will be the bowling coach for the squad, a role he is familiar with; he is presently in a similar position for India Team A and Under 23 squads. He was also an assistant coach for four years for the Mumbai Pirates, an IPL franchise. On the international front, he played three ODIs and two T20Is for Team India between 1996 and 1998.
T Dilip will reprise his role as the fielding coach in the squad. He is the current fielding coach for Cricket Hyderabad. He was highly recommended by the selection committee led by MSK Prasad after they interviewed members of support staff in 2019. The 39-year-old has also worked with the India Team A squad; moreover, he has completed a level III coaching course.
The touring team will have Shikar Dhawan as the skipper, deputized by Bhubaneswar Kumar. The BCCI has named a team of twenty players for this tour. The squad got a reprieve when the BCCI relaxed its fitness requirements in the pre-selection process. In addition, BCCI lowered the standards for the yo-yo test and 2 km run on humanitarian grounds due to the COVID pandemic. A notable addition to the team is Varun Chakravarthy, who has failed the yo-yo test on two occasions in the past.
The team left for Sri Lanka on July 27th after a two-week quarantine which had begun on July 14th in Mumbai. They will be restricted to waiting in their rooms for three days, and then they will be on soft quarantine for another three days. They will then be allowed to practice, but quarantine protocols will still be in force. The matches will be held in only one venue, the R Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo
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