shikhar dhawan says our main aim is to win series india vs sri lanka INDvsSL: Sri Lanka you are not well: Shikhar Dhawan gives tough challenge to the hosts for the first T20 match
Shikhar Dhawan  |  Photo Credits: AP
- Shikhar Dhawan gave a tough challenge to Sri Lanka in the first T20 International match
- Dhawan said that the main goal of the Indian team is to win the series
- Dhawan said that after winning the series, new players will definitely be given a chance
Colombo: India captain Shikhar Shawn said the team management will try out new faces during the three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting here on Sunday, but only if they fit into the best playing XI. India had introduced five new players in the final one-day international and Dhawan on Saturday indicated that he is not averse to experimenting with new players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Varun Chakraborty and Devdutt Padikkal but winning the series is his priority.
“Definitely the new players will have a chance to play,” Dhawan told reporters on the eve of the first match. We have to win the series. It was a good opportunity to play some of the youngsters in international cricket in the last one-day match as we had won the previous series. It’s a new series now so obviously we’re going to play our best XI. We will try to win the first two matches and then we can experiment in the last match if the situation requires.
IPL has instilled confidence in players: Dhawan
Dhawan, however, agrees that the Indian Premier League has prepared these players for international cricket. “Of course they are ready, that’s why they are here,” he said. You saw how well the youngsters performed in the One Day International series so they will go into the T20 International series with this confidence. As a team, we have created a wonderful atmosphere here. Desperate to do well as a team. Not only young players, senior players are also eager to do well.
There will be changes in the team according to the situation: Dhawan
“This (team change) will be decided according to the situation. As I said, if we win the first two matches we will have the option to play any combination. Otherwise our main target will be to come up with the best XI to win the series. That is our priority. After that, if we can win this series like the one-day international series, then we can think of experimentation.
Dhawan also believes that the Sri Lankan team showed a lot of improvement during the one-day series. Dhawan said that he is also aware that his performance in the T20 World Cup squad will also be monitored. “It is very important,” he said. Of course, any international match has its impact and even now if you perform at the international level, it has a big impact. So personally I am looking forward to do well here and cement my place in the team for the World Cup. Then let’s see what happens in future.
Dhawan said the team’s strategy would be designed keeping in mind both Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as he has not received any formal information from the Indian Cricket Board regarding the departure of these two players so far.
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