After SLC heeds to certain demands Sri Lanka players agree to tour England without signing contracts
7 June 2021
The first ODI between Sri Lanka and India at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo saw three debutants making their ODI debuts, two from the visiting side and one for the hosts. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, both from Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League made their ODI debuts for men in blue, having already made their T20I debuts in the previous series at home against England. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was called in as a replacement after regular batter Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended earlier this month.
While 23-year-old Ishan became only the second-ever Indian player to debut for India on his birthday, after Gurshran Singh in 1990, he also became only the third player and second wicketkeeper from the state of Jharkhand to play for India. Before him, the legendry Indian captain MS Dhoni and Saurabh Tiwary represented India in ODIs.
Suryakumar, at the age of 30 is one of the oldest to debut for India in ODIs and he was given cap number 236. The two of them, Kishan and Surya scored half-centuries on their T20I debuts and it would be interesting to see what they do on their ODI debuts.
Sanju Samson, who was primed to play this game was forced to sit out having pulled a ligament in his knee.
Bhanuka, the Sri Lankan has already represented the island nation in six T20Is previously and is considered an out and out attacking batter.