Former Sri Lanka’s cricketer and captain Kumar Sangakkara wants his country cricket team to play with arrogance match against India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday 8th June at The Oval in London.
After losing their match against South Africa, Sir Lanka will have to play do or die situation against India. Former captain Sangakkara wrote in his column for the ICC, “I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth.”
“They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket. If they are able to do this, then they have a chance of pulling off an upset, but it will not be easy an India team that so confident overwhelmed Pakistan on Sunday.”
Skipper Upul Tharanga was suspended for two matches due to serious over-rate fault, and Angelo Mathews is also doubtful due to fitness issues, formerly said it’s not an ideal condition for Sri Lanka.
Sangakkara said “If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major concern. Having Tharanga suspended is a huge waste.”
Talking about Tharanga’s ill-timed suspension, Sangakkara said: “With quite an experienced and senior bowling attack led by Lasith Malinga, a team constituting two spinners, it is unacceptable that Sri Lanka was over by 39 minutes.”
He added, “Even though the captain is penalised more for such offences, it should be the responsibility of senior bowlers to push themselves to properly address and rectify the situation. The wicket-keeper and fielders also have to play their part with sustained urgency.”