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It’s tough to play in India-Chandimal

8 November 2017 10:24 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Given the strength of their formidable opposition and the fragility of the tourists, one may argue that Sri Lanka are walking into the lion’s den when the tour of India kicks off next week. But Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal says his charges are brimming with confidence following their recent 2-0 win against Pakistan to take on the mighty Indians. The team left last morning to India ahead of the first Test which begins on November 16 in Calcutta, followed by the second Test in Nagpur (Nov. 24-28) and third in Delhi from December 2-6.

Sri Lanka have endured difficult times in recent months, losing almost everything across all formats but a 2-0 surprise win against Pakistan last month has given some confidence to a young team who is desperate to turn the tide.

“We have had a very good series with Pakistan and that certainly has given the players lot more confidence to play to their potential,” Chandimal insists. “True that India beat us 3-0 in Sri Lanka a few months ago, but I think we still can approach the series with much more confidence that we approached the Pakistan series.”

In seven previous series on Indian soil, Sri Lanka have conceded defeats in 11 matches with the remaining six ending in draws. Their best performances to date remain in the 1997/98 series where the three-match tour ended in a nil-all draw.

Sri Lanka last played a Test series there in the 2009/2010 season where India comprehensively beat a star-studded side 2-0 after Kumar Sangakkara’s men managed to draw the first match in Ahmedabad hammering a mammoth 760 for 7 declared on the back of Mahela Jayewardene’s 275.

“Playing India in their own backyard has not been easy and we are well aware of the challenge before us,” he continued.

“We are not under pressure, though we have historically struggled to perform in India. It’s a big challenge but I know if we go out and express ourselves with confidence, we can certainly challenge them.”

However, Chandimal is among several other players who are visiting India for the first time for a Test series. Only former skipper Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath have played a Test in India.

Herath was Sri Lanka’s top wicket-taker during the series in 2009, ahead of Muttiah Muralitharan, while Mathews missed his maiden ton, having got out for 99 in the third Test.

“I will depend a lot on these two players, especially Mathews who is one of the best players in world cricket today. Their experience playing in Indian conditions will boost the team’s performance during the series,” Chandimal said, optimistically.

The Test tour will be succeeded by three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Lahiru Thirimanna (Vice Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrema, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage and Dasun Shanaka.

  Comments - 6

  • Citizen Wednesday, 08 November 2017 04:40 PM

    Mr. Captain, please don't give us excuses. As expected please come back to SL without any wins. We don't expect any results from you anymore.

    kumar Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:15 AM

    Boys, Talk less, play longer innings

    Mohamed Hisham Thursday, 09 November 2017 12:32 PM

    Sure, its tough to play in India! What about in Sri_Lanka?

    Roman Thursday, 09 November 2017 05:04 PM

    Did you consult maniyo? We hope you did..

    Roman Friday, 10 November 2017 04:23 PM

    Did you consult maniyo? We hope you did..

    Roman Sunday, 12 November 2017 03:24 PM

    Did you consult maniyo? We hope you did..

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