[caption id="attachment_690317" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Chandika-Hathurusingha.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-690317" alt="Chandika Hathurusingha Getty Images (file image) " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Chandika-Hathurusingha.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Chandika Hathurusingha Getty Images (file image)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chandika-hathurusingha/">Chandika Hathurusingha</a> today termed India favourites in the triangular T20 series, despite entering the tournament with a second-string side that does not have the likes of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/bhuvneshwar-kumar/">Bhuvneshwar Kumar</a>. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India </a> outplayed the Sri Lankans in bilateral rubbers in recent times. <p></p> <p></p>"If you go by the rankings, India is the top team in the tournament, so they always start ahead of the other teams," Hathurusingha said on the eve of the tournament. <p></p> <p></p>He added, "Whoever plays for India, it is still a very strong team. We have to start well because we haven't been doing well at home. With Bangladesh, because of the last series, we probably have a little edge over them mentally." <p></p> <p></p>India and hosts Sri Lanka kick off the tournament here tomorrow. <p></p> <p></p>Although Sri Lanka have recently showed improvement in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh">Bangladesh</a>, their record against India is woeful. India have won the seven most-recent T20s between these sides, and are ranked third in the world, while Sri Lanka are eighth. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been rested from the Nidahas Trophy. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma </a> was named stand-in captain of India's 15-man squad, with Shikhar Dhawan his deputy. <p></p> <p></p>India also rested several other limited-overs regulars in fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hardik-pandya/">Hardik Pandya</a>.