Newly-appointed Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka on Saturday mentioned will probably be a fair contest between his struggling aspect and overwhelming favorite India because the visiting workforce is stuffed with newcomers.
India have come right here with a squad comprising six uncapped gamers.
“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 possibilities,? mentioned Shanaka on the eve of the primary ODI in opposition to India right here on Sunday.
Shanaka on Friday grew to become the tenth Sri Lankan captain previously 4 years when he was named skipper of a 23-member squad for the six-match white-ball collection in opposition to India, to be performed right here.
The India workforce, which can play three ODIs and as many T20s, is led by Dhawan. The Check workforce led by Virat Kohli is at the moment in England to participate within the upcoming five-match collection.
Sri Lanka named the squad solely on Friday night time. Requested whether or not that was a bonus, the 29-year-old right-handed batsman answered within the affirmative.
“Sure, a slight benefit as a result of they (India) haven’t seen these guys in worldwide cricket, as nicely, so sure, I really feel they’ve to arrange nicely for these newcomers as nicely,? mentioned Shanaka.
On how difficult it’s to steer Sri Lanka in present instances, he mentioned, “Yeah, it’s at all times difficult, you already know worldwide cricket and the surface (off the sector) issues, all of it issues, however the finish of the day it’s a must to get to it and carry out as a workforce, it’s the principal concern all of us have, so I’m certain that boys will look on to it.”
The gamers and board SLC have been locked in a longstanding battle over nationwide contracts. For this collection, the gamers have signed tour contracts, the best way they did for the England tour.
The collection was initially to start out on July 13 however was later pushed to start out on July 18, after a few COVID-positive circumstances had been discovered within the Sri Lankan squad.
In keeping with Shanaka, his aspect would get a very good expertise after taking part in in opposition to India.
“The expertise will likely be excellent, you already know taking part in in opposition to one of many high groups on the earth, so will probably be excellent to play with India at this level as a result of we will precisely measure the degrees we’re in, so will probably be a very good event for us,” he added.
Sri Lanka did not win a single sport on the UK tour throughout which their three gamers had been despatched again dwelling for breaching the bio-bubble.