As India and Sri Lanka get set to face each other in a five-match one-day series, we take a look at five players from India for whom the series will be extremely important considering the upcoming World Cup.
Of all the teams in action at the ICC World T20 2014 so far, India have been by far the best. Heading into the semi-finals, they have not lost a single game, winning four out of four – beating Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia.
Sunrisers Hyderabad crushed Faisalabad Wolves to become the second team after Otago to qualify for the main tournament. The match was won by the Sunrisers bowlers in the first half itself after restricting the Wolves to just 127.
Team India picked up yet another easy win over minnows Zimbabwe to complete a 5-0 cleansweep. Leggie Amit Mishra claimed a career best of 6 for 48 to set up an easy 7-wicket win for the World Champions.
India eased to a 9-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI at Bulawayo to find itself on the brink of a cleansweep. Zimbabwe put up its worst batting show, getting bowled out for just 144 runs. India made no fuss of the target and got the runs with 19.5 overs to spare.