Sri Lanka is celebrating its 70th year of Independence by organising a cricket tournament named "Nidahas Trophy" which is a tri-nation series. The tournament includes India, Bangladesh and the host country. The first such tournament was played in 1998 marking Sri Lanka's 50th year of Independence. The word "Nidahas" means independence in Sanskrit.
The Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International tournament has been scheduled from March 6 to March 18 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The first match will be played between India and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium on March 6, Tuesday.
Even with India's selection having raised eyebrows, India is entering the tournament as a favourite to win the title though some of the star players have been dropped for the series like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav. In the absence of regular captain, Rohit Sharma is leading the squad of young buds.
Rohit Sharma said:
"We won't label ourselves as favourites. The T20 format is unpredictable and you got to be on the money at all times. Both our oppositions are strong and we look forward to a good contest" - @ImRo45