After long the men in blue will finally wear whites. India will tour to Sri Lanka which marks the beginning of the long arduous season for the Indian Cricket team. The team will first play three Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20. The visit to SriLanka comes after a gap of about 2 years. This will be the first series for newly appointed coaches Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid. The long tour will start with Test series and here is India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Test series prediction who will win?
The tour starts with a 2-day tour match on 21st of July and the first test match will be played begin from 26th in Galle. The stakes are really high for both teams in the series. First, for the Lankans, the series is a matter of pride. In the recently concluded one-day series against Zimbwawe, Srilanka was humiliated. They lost the series 3-2 and that too at home. The players have received criticism from all around. Their sports minister have called them fat and the former players have termed them irresponsible.
The biggest axe fell on Angelo Mathews as the captain had to step down because of the decable. It won’t be wrong that the present Srilankan team is on a ventilator and someone from somewhere has to bring them back to life. They would badly need their stalwarts to perform in the test matches otherwise Lankan Cricket might well be heading to doom.
On the other hand for the Indian team, this series would be a test of Kohli’s captaincy, especially on foreign soil. Kohli has been on the wrong side of news stories, thanks to coach fiasco. With a commanding performance in the Lankan land, he and his team would like to keep all the critics at bay. Team India seems to well balanced with all bases covered.
The batting looks solid with Dhawan coming back to form. Also with Kohli, Rahane and Pujara in the middle order, the tame looking Sri Lankan bowling attack should be really worried. The bowling looks even better. With the spin twins, Ashwin and Jadeja should have their kitty full by the end of the series. The fast bowlers might well have to toil hard because the pitches are going to be dry and slow.
India vs Sri Lanka 2017 Test Series Prediction
As per our prediction and analysis, India is expected to win the series 2-0.
Here is the full Test series schedule:
July 26, 10 am: 1st Test at Galle
August 3, 10 am: 2nd Test at Colombo
August 12, 10 am: 3rd Test at Kandy
India Test squad: Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund
Sri Lanka squad: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.