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5 reasons why India should not take Sri Lanka lightly despite a whitewash in Test series

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Sat August 19 2017, 6:13 pm
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    Sri Lanka who is known to gift cricket with batsmen like Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and bowlers like Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan. But the Islanders are not the same ever since these legends hanged their boots. Sri Lanka is going through a horrible phase as a cricketing nation off-late. The team is going through a lot of transition and is coupled with the lack of experience and quality players. To add to the misery is that they lost ODI series against eleventh placed Zimbabwe at home recently. Sri Lanka will play the first ODI of the five-match series against India on Sunday. The Islanders were white washed in the three-match Test series. The cricketing world is not giving enough air for the Sri Lankans to breathe but one must not forget that Sri Lanka can be very competitive and could give this Indian team a run for their money. Fans must not forget that against a full strength Indian team, Sri Lanka had managed to chase down a target of 322 runs in their Champions Trophy encounter. Here is why India shouldn’t take Sri Lanka lightly in the upcoming ODI series:(Reuters)

  • 1) A new captain and hope for change in fortunes: With Angelo Mathews deciding to resign from all formats after the team's poor performances, Sri Lanka has appointed Upul Tharanga as their captain. Tharanga has been a steady influence at the top of the order for almost a decade for Sri Lanka but has not been consistent and hasn’t lived up to his potential completely. With nothing to lose and everything to gain for Sri Lanka, as a new leader, he can bring in his fresh perspective and his own thoughts which are probably what this team need to improve its performances and get more results in favour. (Reuters)

  • 1) A new captain and hope for change in fortunes: With Angelo Mathews deciding to resign from all formats after the team's poor performances, Sri Lanka has appointed Upul Tharanga as their captain. Tharanga has been a steady influence at the top of the order for almost a decade for Sri Lanka but has not been consistent and hasn’t lived up to his potential completely. With nothing to lose and everything to gain for Sri Lanka, as a new leader, he can bring in his fresh perspective and his own thoughts which are probably what this team need to improve its performances and get more results in favour.(Reuters)

  • 3) Angelo Mathews can play to his potential without the burden of captaincy: The former captain has been going through a rough phase for last six to nine months with a string of losses which directly impacted his performance as a batsman. Mathews has the ability to play in different conditions and can score quickly if required. Its high time that Mathews hones back his talent and use it against the all mighty India side. He needs to be the foil for attacking batsmen like Niroshan Dickwella and possibly Dhananjaya De Silva and Thissara Perrera to come in and play their own, natural game without worrying too much about the match situation. (Reuters)

  • 4) The trump card- Niroshan Dickwella: The young opener Niroshan Dickwella has been promising in the shorter formats. He is a dynamic batsman who possesses wide array of shots. He has shown the capability to score quick runs at the top of the order, and of late, he has matured as a batsman who is able to go on and get some big runs in the ODI format. He was the sole reason of happiness for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe as he was able to get a lot of runs at a good strike rate. He seems like a left-handed reincarnation of TM Dilshan, someone who can take control of the situation through attacking approach. (Reuters)

  • 5) Malinga still has some gas left in the tank: It can be a topic for debate that whether Lasith Malinga still has what it takes to be the synonym of fear that he once was couple of years ago. It is true that the Sri Lankan bowler has had a lot of injuries and is not getting any younger. Moreover, batsmen have found ways to negate and score heavily against him. Malinga is by far the most experienced of the bowlers and irrespective of his form, he is the leader of the bowling attack. Malinga did show glimpses of his true, destructive self in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) which gives the impression that there is still fuel in his tank to trouble the opposition. His slinging action coupled with the fact that he can still bowl yorkers with good consistency in the depth overs makes him a threat even now. (Reuters)

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