India is scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series as the last year's tour was canceled due to COVID-19.
With a lot of senior pros traveling to the UK for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which will be followed by a five-Test series against England, it will be a team of youngsters touring Sri Lanka.
The former India chief selector MSK Prasad who believes confidence level of the youngsters will be high and also named the player to watch out for from the Indian unit.
“Suryakumar Yadav is the guy to watch out for. Ishan and Sanju also have a great opportunity at hand. I would have also loved to see Avesh Khan (named standby for the UK tour). He has been excellent in the IPL, and it would be unfortunate to see him miss out on playing in either series,” Prasad told Sportstar.
Prasad then went on to explain how the confidence level of these youngsters will be high as he said, “The skill level back then was similar to what we have now. But the confidence levels of the boys today are five times more than what we had then.”
“Simple example: first ball, Suryakumar Yadav, gets an opportunity to play in a T20I game, smashes one of the best bowlers in the world for a six. Or Ishan Kishan, the way he blasted the opposition (England) on debut,” he added.
As Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have been consistently performing well for the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), they are used to the pressure and thus are able to perform in the international cricket.
Even though it is expected that Team India will be fielding a young side, the former chief selector made the bold prediction by saying, “I won’t be surprised if this young squad wins the series in Sri Lanka.”
(With Sportstar Inputs)