Dasun Shanaka looks forward to “level competition” between India and Sri Lanka

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India may have an advantage over Sri Lanka on paper, but the home team Dasan Shanaka believes that there will be a close match between the two sides.

While interacting with the Scribe on the eve of the limited series against India, Shanaka-replacing the injured Kusal Janith Perera as captain-admitted that this series will be a learning experience for the young Sri Lankan team.

“Both teams will be equally divided because even they have new players on the field. We all know that they (Indian cricketers) have played IPL, but still (not many) have played international cricket. Both teams have. Opportunity,” Shanaka said.

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The Indian team is led by experienced Shikhar Dhawan, and there are 6 uncapped players in the team-most of them are selected based on their performance in the Indian Premier League and domestic cricket matches.

“The experience of playing against one of the top teams in the world will be very good. It will be very good against India at this point because we can reach the level we are at. It will be a good game for us,” Shanaka said.

Despite spending five years in the international arena, stability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old all-around player. Although he knows that captain means more responsibility, Dasun is ready to play a few games in the series if needed.

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Although Sri Lanka’s performance on the court in the series against England was not satisfactory, off-court issues also affected the team. Three cricketers were suspended due to the burst of biological bubbles, and several support staff tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Colombo, which caused the series against India to be postponed for several days.

But Shanaka didn’t want to think too much. “It’s always very challenging. In international cricket, off-court (off-court) issues are really important, but in the final analysis, we have to get there and perform as a team. This is our main concern. I I believe the boys will pay attention to it,” he said.

Sri Lanka appointed a rather inexperienced team late on Friday, and Shanaka believes that the Indian team will find it challenging to face young rookies. “We will have a little advantage because they have not seen these guys on an international level. I think they must be prepared for these young people.”

Both ODI and T20I series will be performed at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.



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