Wasim Jaffer, a former Indian opener, believes the focus will be on the big players who struggled for the Men In Blue against Bangladesh since India enters the Sri Lanka series as clear favorites. Team India will aim to complete a historic double against Sri Lanka in the One Day International (ODI) series after beating the reigning Asia Cup champions in the Twenty20 international series. Suryakumar Yadav’s spectacular century helped India, playing without Rohit, smash Sri Lanka in the T20I series finale on Saturday.

Former Indian cricketer Jaffer, who chose Suryakumar above former vice-captain KL Rahul for the first ODI of the series, showered admiration on the in-form batsman following his recent exploits against Sri Lanka at Rajkot. After being rested for the T20I series against the visitors, Indian captain Rohit, his former deputy Rahul, and batting legend Virat Kohli are all expected to make their comebacks.

Tuesday’s first ODI between India and Sri Lanka will take place at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati under the leadership of Rohit Sharma. “I choose Suryakumar Yadav over KL Rahul for the first ODI because of his excellent current form. Given how poorly they performed in the ODIs against Bangladesh, attention will be placed on the Indian hitters. There, the bowlers did exceptionally well “Before the first ODI in the series, Jaffer spoke to ESPN Cricinfo.

Jaffer shared his opinions before the first game of the series and saved particular admiration for middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer. Iyer has been India’s star performer, according to the full-time cricket analyst and former Indian cricketer. “When the top three Indian players—Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli—were the team’s strongest, we often saw hundreds from them. That has not occurred for a considerable amount of time. The top four players must perform well if India wants to aim for scores between 280 and 300 or above “Added Jaffer.