Sri Lanka Tri-series 2018: Virat Kohli & Co to play opener against Islanders in Colombo, here is full schedule of the tournament

By: | Published: January 18, 2018 9:55 PM

Following the end of the South African tour, Virat Kohli and men will be travelling to Sri Lanka to play a seven-match T20I tri-series.

Following the end of the South African tour, Virat Kohli and men will be travelling to Sri Lanka to play a seven-match T20I tri-series. (Reuters)

Following the end of the South African tour, Virat Kohli and men will be travelling to Sri Lanka to play a seven-match T20I tri-series. The SA tour will get over on February 24 while the tri-series will begin from March 6. The tournament is named as NIDHAS Trophy 2018 and will be played as a part of the 70th year of Sri Lanka’s independence. It will be a round robin format with all the three teams each other twice before the top two team’s qualify for the finals. All the seven matches will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday swept the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards winning the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the World Cricketer of the Year 2017 as also being named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2017 and the captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams. On the other hand, Kohli’s Australian counterpart Steve Smith bagged the honour of being the Test Cricketer of the Year. The 28-year-old Smith posted six centuries in just 11 Tests in 2017; three on Australia’s tour of India and three in the recently-completed 4-0 Ashes triumph over England.

Here is the full schedule:-

March 6, 2018 – Sri Lanka vs India

March 8, 2018 – Bangladesh vs India

March 10, 2018 – Sri Lanka Bangladesh

March 12, 2018 – India vs Sri Lanka

March 14, 2018 – India vs Bangladesh

Moments after the awards were announced, an elated Kohli said winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy felt more special after his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin bagged it last year. It is the second time Kohli has been named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year after bagging the same honour in 2012 when he was 24 years old. “It means a lot to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player of the Year,” the Delhi batsman told ICC’s website. “I won that back in 2012 also but it’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honour for me. It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special. “Last time it was Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and this time I’m getting it, so I’m really really honoured and I’d like to thank the ICC for recognising all the hard work that we all put in for our respective sides and I want to congratulate all the other winners also,” he added.

The award, which was decided for performance based on the period between September 21, 2016 to December 31, 2017, the Indian skipper scored 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80. Kohli also scored eight centuries in the time period in the longest format, including five double hundreds. In ODIs, Kohli hammered 1,818 ODI runs at an average of 82.63 including seven centuries, and 299 T20I runs at a strike rate of 153. With Kohli as skipper, India went on to register nine consecutive series win in the longest format.

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