New Delhi: The mainstay of Indian batting line up Virat Kohli, who has recently found his form back against West Indies, will be the stand-in skipper against Sri Lanka for the first three ODIs.
India selectors gave Kohli the responsibility to lead the side, in the five-match ODI series, as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for few matches.
Luckily, the Delhi lad, who had a worst series in England, scored 191 runs in three ODIs against the Caribbean team, which includes a classy hundred and a half century.
Leading the 'Men in Blue' against a strong team like Sri Lanka may give Kohli much more confidence ahead of the World Cup. And as he has been touted as the future Indian skipper, it would also be a good learning curve for the aggressive batsman.
The 25-year-old Kohli can go to Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, for any assistance in Dhoni's absence.
But what would be interesting to watch is how many chances Virat Kohli will give to fringe players, especially when they are looking to make an impact ahead of the forthcoming World Cup.
Bengal's wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has also been selected in the 15-member squad as he replaced Dhoni.
The tour has been hastily arranged by the BCCI after West Indies abruptly cancelled its tour of India last week.
The five ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held at Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad but the detailed itinerary will be announced shortly.
Team for the first three ODIs: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel.