Team Sri Lanka arrived in India for a full series tournament. It was only back in 2009 that Sri Lanka tour India for such a series. They played Tests in the country before seven years and a lot has changed now. The record of 17 matches in the format in India has been dismaying for Sri Lanka, without a single victory. Only a month ago, the team faced a hefty whitewash in hand of India at their home. Hence, Sri Lanka’s arrival is ringing another bell for the team itself, while India seems to remain confident. The present squad has only two players from the early team that toured seven years back, Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath. Mathews is brought back to the team especially for his India experience.
Though Sri Lanka lost all the matches in the series against India at home, it was not such that there was no contest at all. In fact, Sri Lanka’s bowling attack got much force with players like Rangana Herath. While, in T20s India’s top batting line up was apparently successful against their bowling ensemble. Also, in the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka showed up strong attack in both bowling and batting front. The team has not reaped a victory recently, but there has been a rejuvenation in player’s forms.
Arriving in India, Nic Pothas, Sri Lanka Coach, said the team need to focus on their own form rather than focusing on how India is playing. The coach said, Sri Lankan players are becoming obsessed with the play and approach of Indian cricketers. This is a “mistake”, as the coach stressed. Pothas believes the Indian side is good, but emphasized on the importance of concentrating on their own strength and jobs. Further, the coach added that India’s tour to Sri Lanka was a great lesson for them and his team learnt a lot. He highlighted there are areas where India is “very, very well” and Sri Lanka need to improve.
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