IND vs SL 2021: “They have played IPL but not international cricket” – Dasun Shanaka feels both teams are evenly matched


Newly-appointed Sri Lanka white-ball skipper Dasun Shanaka believes each groups are evenly matched forward of the primary ODI in opposition to India on Sunday. The visiting squad has a brand new look to it and various contemporary faces which may take the sphere.

Dasun Shanaka feels that though the brand new faces within the Indian group have performed within the IPL, their lack of publicity to worldwide cricket can be one thing that Sri Lanka can use to their benefit.

“Each groups will begin evenly as a result of they (India) have gotten new gamers developing. Everyone knows that they’ve performed IPL however nonetheless they haven’t performed worldwide cricket, so each the groups have even probabilities,” Dasun Shanaka was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Whereas India had named their contingent way back, Sri Lanka solely introduced their 23-man squad on Friday. Nevertheless, Dasun Shanaka feels the factor of shock will give the opposition much less time to organize in opposition to the strengths and weaknesses of the Sri Lankan group. He added:

“Sure (on whether or not naming the group late is a bonus), a slight benefit as a result of they (India) haven’t seen these guys in worldwide cricket, as effectively. So sure, I really feel they’ve to organize effectively for these newcomers as effectively.”

Captaincy is difficult however focus is to carry out effectively as a group: Dasun Shanaka

Sri Lankan cricket has needed to face many problems with late, proper from the gamers displaying discontent over the wage construction, to a few of them getting suspended for breaching the bio-bubble in England.

Dasun Shanaka understands that whereas these off-the-field issues may make captaincy troublesome, the Sri Lankan group is absolutely dedicated to performing effectively on the sphere.

“Ya, it’s at all times difficult, worldwide cricket and the skin (off the sphere) issues, all of it issues, however on the finish of the day it’s a must to get to it and carry out as a group, it’s the important concern all of us have, so I’m certain that boys will look on to it,” Dasun Shanaka concluded.


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