Team India leaves for Sri Lanka today.

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team-india-to-sri-lankaJuly 18, Chennai: The Sri Lankan cricketers who ended their series against Pakistan on a happy note winning the One-day and Test series will now pad up to meet India in Five one-day matches and a Twenty20 game.

The 15-member Indian team will be leave for Sri Lanka on today afternoon to play in a five-match ODI series followed by a Twenty20 International commencing on July 21 at Hambantota.

The team underwent a two-day training camp in Chennai that was cut short due to heavy rains.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said his team would keep sentiments aside while preparing for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan to be held in December.

Dhoni talked about the hectic schedule of the Indian players but said that as professionals they have to play to win each and every match.

“As professional cricketers, we are taught not to really get into the emotional side. So, the series has been placed, and we have to get ready for the series. As professional cricketers, we have to be ready for that series also,” he told media in Chennai.

“It’s hectic schedule but as professionals we have to maintain our standard. We will play in different venues and travelling will also be there. It’s the start of the season and we want to start it on a good note,” Dhoni told reporters ahead of the team’s departure on today.

Dhoni said that a good series against Sri Lanka would also be a confidence booster for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in September-October in the same country.

“Sri Lanka is not a new place for us. We have played series there at least once each year and even twice in a year.

Conditions are also not so different from India and acclimatising to conditions will not be difficult,” he said.

“This Sri Lanka series is good for us. We have to come back in Sri Lanka again for the Twenty20 World Cup. It will help us,” he added.

Asked to comment on the role of a captain in improving performance, Dhoni said, “I don’t want to name an international team. But if you are made captain of Alaska team it will be very difficult to win matches. A captain’s job is to channelise the resources. The individual reactions are also important.

“How the bowlers performed and how the batsmen build partnerships are important. Without a good team it’s difficult to achieve success,” said Dhoni.

India has selected a full-strength side for the Sri Lanka tour with only Sachin Tendulkar, who has limited his participation in one-dayers in the past two years, opting out of the tour.

Tendulkar does not play Twenty20 cricket for India but plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

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