On one hand, the Team India senior team led by Virat Kohli is touring in England, on the other, the junior Indian team reached Sri Lanka under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan.
This is the first time, BCCI has sent two teams on overseas tours. India selected a team of several senior and young cricketers who were not selected for the England tour and set up a series with Sri Lanka. The board hopes the series will test the strength of young cricketers ahead of the T20 World Cup. The selectors selected Dhawan as the captain. Former cricketer, Rahul Dravid has been handed over the responsibility of coaching. Dravid, who has coached many young cricketers in the past, is coaching a team of seniors and juniors for the first time. Dhawan and his team, which has already completed 10 days of rigorous quarantine at home, has landed in Colombo.
In Colombo, hotel quarantine will be limited to three days. The team will stay in quarantine and will start practice. The quarantine ends on July 5 and the ODI series will start on July 13. The junior Indian team will play three ODIs and three T20Is in the tournament. The BCCI plans to play intra-squad matches before the start of the ODI series. Due to corona rules, local teams are not allowed to split into two teams and play practice matches. Meanwhile, Dhawan-led young squad includes a number of young cricketers who have made it to the IPL venue. IPL stars like Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishant Kishan and Sanju Samson are expected to perform well in this tour.
On the other hand, Rahul Dravid will be working with several senior players for the first time as a coach. Expectations on the Lanka tour have risen in the wake of news that Dravid may be coaching the senior team in the future. Frankly, Dravid as a coach has nothing new to prove. That’s because Dravid is already credited with making the Under-19 and India A teams the best in the past and the same is expected! The series, meanwhile, is expected to help oversee the reserve bench's ability to get into the ring with the best team for the Twenty20 World Cup.