India kicked-off their four-month long Twenty20 (T20) schedule — which featured their T20Is against Australia, Sri Lanka, first time ever Asia Cup T20, the ICC World T20 and finally the IPL — in style by blanking the mighty Australians 3-0 in their own backyard. This way, they also began their quest for the second World T20 title on a perfect note.

The next assignment for them is to host neighbours Sri Lanka for a three-match T20I series at home. This is going to be just the kind of platform both the teams needed at this particular hour, considering the World Cup will be played in the same conditions. India, riding high on the success Down Under, have kept the core intact by naming 12 players in the 15-man squad from that tour.

In-form Virat Kohli has been rested, keeping a heavy upcoming schedule in mind. Manish Pandey, who scored a match-winning hundred in the last ODI in Australia, finds a rightful place. Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes a comeback post injury while all-rounder Pawan Negi gets a maiden call-up.

Sri Lanka on the other hand, have named a fresh side which will be led by Dinesh Chandimal in the absence of Angelo Mathews. They’ve also handed pacer Dilhara Fernando a surprise call-up, continuing the trend of recalling old warhorses, which saw Ashish Nehra and Shaun Tait’s return. On the whole, Team India beats Sri Lanka hands down on paper. Let’s understand this better with a squad comparison below:

Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Srushti Takale
Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Srushti Takale