India will slip to 119 points even with a 2-1 win in the ODI series, which follows a three-Test series between the two sides, which India won 1-0.
Having sealed the Test series by a 1-0 margin, India now shift their attention and focus to the shorter format where Sri Lanka are expected to give a tougher competition. The series opener will be played at Dharamsala.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne is returning to the team after recovering from injuries and a lot will depend on these players.
On the other hand, India are likely to slot Ajinkya Rahane in the top order. The squad also sees the inclusion of Siddarth Kaul. He has 180 wickets from 51 first-class games, and 98 from 52 List A games, doing well in the recent India A series against New Zealand A (where he had six wickets from two games) and the A tour of South Africa (where he was third on the bowling charts in the tri-series, with eight wickets in four matches).
Shikhar Dhawan has been suffering from fever and he missed a training session on Friday, December 8, according to Miday.
Even without their inspirational skipper, a batting line-up comprising Rohit, Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav could prove to be a handful for any opposition.
One among orthodox leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will be in the playing XI along with Axar Patel, whose primary job is to restrict runs. The first match kicks off tomorrow at the hallowed turf of Dharamsala.
Where is the India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI? He turned out for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2017 IPL, and was 11th on the overall bowling charts with 16 wickets from 10 matches.
Sri Lanka look to get off on a positive note against India in the first ODI in Dharamsala.