New Delhi: The BCCI on Thursday announced a 20-man squad for the limited-overs format series between India and Sri Lanka to be held in July. On this tour against Sri Lanka, the BCCI has given 6 new players a chance for the first time.
For the first time, Rituraj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikal, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gautham, Varun Chakravarthy, and Chetan Sakaria have been given a chance in the National Team. The selectors of the Indian team have made this selection keeping in mind the T20 World Cup to be held this year, which is to be held in the month of October-November this year. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been made the captain and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the vice-captain for the Sri Lanka tour.
Along with this, former captain Rahul Dravid is being sent as a coach with the Indian team. Among the players selected for the Sri Lanka tour, Chetan Sakaria is the player whose story has been the most inspiring. Chetan Sakaria had lost his younger brother earlier this year, after which he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals team in the IPL for Rs 1.2 crore, while his father died due to Corona virus in May, after which he now got a chance in the Indian team. have been found.
At the same time, Chetan Sakaria became emotional about the news of selection from the Indian cricket team and dedicated it to his father. It is noteworthy that when Sakaria was playing in the IPL, his father became a victim of Corona and as soon as the tournament was postponed, Sakaria reached home. However, Sakaria's father Kanjibhai lost the battle for life just a week after he was admitted to the hospital.
While talking about his selection in the Indian team, Sakaria said, "I wish my father was here to see this. He wanted to see me play for India. I am missing him very much today. God has shown a lot of ups and downs this year and this journey has been very emotional for me so far. I got an IPL contract a month after my younger brother's death, while almost a month after my father's death, by the grace of God, I got a place in the Indian team.