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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: 5 things to watch out for in the T20I series

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Rohit Sharma will be leading India in T20Is for the first time

2017 was a year full of surprises, and fantastic, competitive T20I matches all over the world. India won T20I series against England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand while drawing the onr against Australia. On the other hand, Sri Lanka failed to find much success in this format, losing the T20I series at home against India and Pakistan.

Coming to the series in question, both teams have players who specialize in this format and can prove to be match-winners on their day. Both sides will be hoping to end 2017 with a blast as they head into the final T20I series of the year.

Here are five things to watch out for:

#5 Rohit Sharma's captaincy

Rohit Sharma's astute captaincy skills in the IPL has helped him lift three trophies. It will be interesting to see how he approaches this series with a very young squad at his disposal. In the recent ODI series, he looked calm but aggressive with plenty of close-in fielders at the start of the innings and reasonable bowling changes.

In the T20Is, he will have MS Dhoni to help him in tense situations. Nevertheless, Rohit will be looking to use his experience from the IPL to help India win the T20I series as well. He will also look to build on the stellar double century he scored in the ODI series and produce match-winning performances at the top of the order in the shortest format as well.

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