CHENNAI: Arjuna Ranatunga may need sparked off an argument together with his India ‘B-team’ remark earlier this week, however his former Sri Lanka teammate Aravinda de Silva feels their facet shouldn’t take India flippantly.
“There isn’t any manner we are able to name this a second-string Indian facet. India have huge expertise and this facet is nearly as good as any. Actually, will probably be a problem for us to beat this Indian staff,” De Silva, who can also be Sri Lanka Cricket’s cricket committee chairman, mentioned throughout a media session forward of the limited-overs sequence to be broadcast on Sony Sports activities from July 13.
“We are able to take huge quantity of confidence going into the T20 World Cup (later this yr) if we are able to beat India.”
India are fielding two sides concurrently – the Take a look at squad will face England subsequent month whereas the limited-overs facet captained by Shikhar Dhawan will tackle Lanka.
De Silva mentioned this ploy could possibly be the long run as a result of pandemic.

“Bubble-life could be very difficult for the gamers. It takes a toll mentally. So it’s not solely India however different nations too are rotating gamers to provide them time to spend with their households. I consider fielding two groups could possibly be the way forward for worldwide cricket,” the previous Sri Lanka captain mentioned.
De Silva mentioned Dravid’s disciplined method to the sport will rub off on the gamers.
“Dravid has instilled the information and technique in them. Equally, we’ve got been attempting to persuade Mahela Jayawardene to take up the position of SL U-19 coach however couldn’t discover any success,” he mentioned.


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