Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka ahead of 1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka. The newly-appointed captain of Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka. On Saturday said it’ll be an indeed challenge between his battling. And overpowering the top pick in India. The group is full of newcomers. India has come here with a squad comprising six uncapped players.
“Both groups will begin equally since they got new players coming up. We all know that they have played IPL but still, they haven’t played universal cricket. So both the groups have even chances?” said Shanaka on the eve of the first ODI against India here on Sunday. On Friday Shanaka became the 10th Sri Lankan captain. Within the past four years when he was named skipper of a 23-member squad.
On the six-match of white-ball series against India was being played. The India team, which is able to play three ODIs and numerous T20s, is led by Dhawan. The test group is led by Virat Kohli in England to require a portion. The up-and-coming five-match series. Yes, a slight advantage since they haven’t seen it. These guys are in international cricket, as well. So yes, I feel they got to plan well for these newcomers as well?” said Shanaka.
On how challenging it is to lead Sri Lanka in current times. He said, “Yeah, it is always challenging. You know international cricket and the outside problems. At the end of the day, you’ve got to get to it and perform as a team. It is the main concern we all have. So I am beyond any doubt that boys will look on to it.” The players and board SLC have been locked. In a longstanding battle over national contracts. For this series, the players have marked tour contracts. The way they did for the England visit.
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The series was originally to begin on July 13. But was afterward pushed to begin on July 18. After a few COVID-positive cases were found within the Sri Lankan squad. Shanaka said his side would get a great. Then after the encounter playing against India. “The experience will be very great. You know playing against one of the beat groups within the world. So it will be very great to play with India. At this point, because we will exactly degree. The levels we are in, so it’ll be a great tournament for us,” he added.