India vs Sri Lanka I Shikhar Dhawan & Co. not a second-string team says arvinda de silva
Indian cricket team
- Arjuna Ranatunga had termed the Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan as a second-rate team.
- Arvind de Silva distances himself from the idea of Ranatunga
- Silva believes that it will be a difficult challenge for Sri Lanka to beat this Indian team
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s world-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has angered many by terming the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian team as a second-rate team. Let us inform that the Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan is currently on the tour of Sri Lanka for a series of three ODIs and as many T20 International matches. While Sri Lanka Cricket has distanced itself from Ranatunga’s statement, Arvind de Silva also believes that the Indian team on tour is by no means a B team.
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami etc are busy for the five-match Test series in England. Indian selectors included 5 players for the first time in the national team for the tour of Sri Lanka. Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chetan Sakariya, etc. are definitely newcomers when it comes to international cricket, but they have gained a lot of experience playing against top players in the IPL.
Sri Lanka Cricket’s Cricket Committee chairman Arvind de Silva said, “In no way can this Indian team be called a second-rate team. India has a lot of talented players and it is as strong as any other team. It will be a tough challenge for us to beat this Indian team. If we manage to beat India, we will go into the T20 World Cup with a lot of confidence.
De Silva also suggested that sending different groups of players on different cricket tours in the COVID-19 era would become the norm due to isolation guidelines and bubble fatigue. The former Sri Lankan captain said, ‘Bubble-life has become very challenging for the players. It is quite mentally overwhelming. So it is not only India but other teams will also rotate the players so that the player can spend time with his family as well. I believe that playing two teams can be the future of international cricket.
The BCCI has sent Rahul Dravid as the head coach along with the Indian team on the Sri Lanka tour. Dravid needs no introduction. According to de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket is trying to appoint Mahela Jayawardene as the coach of the Under-19 team, as BCCI did with Dravid. He said, ‘Dravid instilled knowledge and strategy in the players. Similarly, we are trying that Mahela Jayawardene take the responsibility of coaching Sri Lanka’s U-19 team, but so far without success.
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