Virat Kohli will lead India in the absence of MS Dhoni © IANS
Virat Kohli will lead India in the absence of MS Dhoni © IANS

Nov 2, 2014

India will face Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Cuttack on Sunday. Both teams are familiar with each other, considering the amount of times they have faced each other in the recent past. Virat Kohli will lead India in the absence of MS Dhoni, while Angelo Mathews will guide Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka were preparing to face a lowly England at home in a seven-match ODI affair slated to begin on November 26. One of the most successful teams in world cricket this year, the Lankans are led astutely by Angelo Mathews. They would have been looking forward to another series win at home to keep their winning momentum ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pulled out its players from training camps and put them on a flight to face the Indians in their own backyard.

India have rested MS Dhoni for the first three games, though he is likely to be back for the final two ODIs before the team heads to Australia for a marathon tour. It was a welcome break for the Indian captain, but there are some doubts about Virat Kohli’s readiness for the task of leading the team in the first three ODIs. After a poor England tour, Kohli had just started coming back to form, striking a half-century and a ton against the West Indies. Kohli might not have got enough time in the middle to get back his lost mojo, and he is yet to prove that the troubles that he has faced outside the off-stump are over.

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