The Indian squad for the upcoming limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka was announced on Thursday, with veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan being named as the captain. Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were the two main contenders to lead the side, and the left-handed batsman got the nod.

Veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been appointed Shikhar Dhawan’s deputy for the tour. Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana and Chetan Sakariya are among the new faces in the Team India squad.

Among others, Prithvi Shaw, Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson are back in the team after missing out on the England series. Shreyas Iyer has not found a place as he is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

The three ODIs will be played on July 13, July 16 and July 18, and the three T20Is on July 21, 23 and 25.

Shikhar Dhawan as leader: The right choice?

With Shikhar Dhawan being appointed as captain for the Lanka series, we look at three reasons why the 35-year-old is the right choice to lead India.

#1 He likes challenges

Shikhar Dhawan Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan Team India

In the absence of Kohli and Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan seems like the right choice to guide the youngsters. As mentioned earlier, he has the experience and has tasted amazing success in white-ball cricket. He knows what it takes to succeed in limited-overs contests.

There is quite a lot that youngsters can learn from Shikhar Dhawan, who will be keen to impart whatever knowledge he has gained while playing international cricket to the upcoming generation.

To sum it up, the short Sri Lanka tour will be a good learning curve for the youngsters and Shikhar Dhawan himself.