The independent voice of cricket

Sri Lanka v India

Wisden’s Sri Lanka-India combined ODI XI

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

India prevailed 2-1 over Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series that forms part of the World Cup Super League.

With much of their first choice squad away in England for an upcoming Test series, the three games offered chances to a whole host of players without a whole load of international experience.

Here is our team of the series, based purely on performances across the three games.


Prithvi Shaw

105 runs @ 35, SR: 125; HS: 49

He didn’t manage to get that elusive first ODI half-century but his blistering starts set the tone for an inexperienced India side. His 43 in the series opener was enough for Shaw to win the Player of the Match award.

Shikhar Dhawan

128 runs @ 64, SR: 88.88, HS: 86*

The one batsman with serious ODI experience in the India line-up. His 86* in the first ODI helped take India home after his team got off to a flier.

Avishka Fernando

159 runs @ 53, SR: 77.94, HS: 76

The leading run-scorer in the series. Fernando, who gave the world a glimpse of his potential with a World Cup hundred in 2019, played the knock that assured the hosts picked up 10 invaluable World Cup Super League points in the finale.

Suryakumar Yadav

124 runs @ 62, SR: 122.77, HS: 53

Playing his first ODI series at the ripe old age of 30, Yadav showcased the high-intensity intent we’ve been accustomed to with the top-order stylist in the IPL.

Sanju Samson

46 runs @ 46, SR: 100, HS: 46

Only the one knock but he makes this side after a relatively low-scoring series. He should feel hard by only getting one opportunity this series given the number of players missing for the tourists.

Charith Asalanka

127 runs @ 42.33, SR: 78:88, HS: 65

Only made his ODI debut after the ill-fated late night excursion that ruled three of his teammates out of action during the tour of England, but was impressive against an imposing India side. His 65 in the second ODI would have been a match-winning knock had it not been for Deepak Chahar’s heroics later in the day.

Wanindu Hasaranga

Three wickets @ 27.33, ER: 4.31, BBI: 3-37

Didn’t get many runs but once again boosted his profile as an international cricketer. He was particularly impressive in the second ODI, where he accounted for three of India’s top seven.

Deepak Chahar

Four wickets @ 22.50, ER: 6, BBI: 2-37

More than the wickets, Chahar makes this side on the basis of his match-saving effort with the bat in the second ODI that ultimately gave India the series.

Akila Dananjaya

Three wickets @ 14.66, ER: 4.40, BBI: 3-44

Only played the series finale but the offie made his presence known, stifling the flow of runs and claiming crucial middle-order wickets.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Five wickets @ 20.40, ER: 5.10, BBI: 3-50

Under increasing pressure for his spot in India’s first-choice ODI side, Chahal served up a reminder of his class in this format finishing the series as its leading wicket-taker.

Chetan Sakariya

Two wickets @ 17, ER: 4.25, BBI: 2-34

Only played one game but makes the XI as we were a seamer short. Impressed on debut, adding to India’s formidable fast-bowling reserves.

Sign up to The Cricket Draft, powered by Wisden, an all-new, free-to-play fantasy game running alongside The Hundred, to win prizes and compete with your friends.

Have Your Say

Become a Wisden member

  • Exclusive offers and competitions
  • Money-can’t-buy experiences
  • Join the Wisden community
  • Sign up for free
Latest magazine

Get the magazine

12 Issues for just £39.99