Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has said that Sri Lanka is a harmful T20I aspect and has urged India to not underestimate them within the upcoming sequence. The Dasun Shanaka-led crew beat Pakistan within the closing to win the title within the Asia Cup final 12 months.
India will host a white-ball sequence towards Sri Lanka, comprising three T20Is and as many ODIs. The Males in Blue will play the primary T20I on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, January 3. Hardik Pandya will lead the crew in a shorter format, whereas Suryakumar Yadav will function his deputy.
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Sri Lanka Have Obtained Two World-Class Spinners – Gautam Gambhir
Throughout an interplay on the Star Sports activities present ‘Observe the Blues’, Gautam Gambhir said that Sri Lanka have the ability, which was demonstrated within the Asia Cup. The previous Indian opener feels that spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana will pose a menace to the hosts.
“Sri Lanka are a formidable aspect in T20 cricket, that’s what they’ve proven within the Asia Cup. You’ll be able to’t win the Asia Cup when you don’t have the expertise. They’ve particular person brilliance,” Gautam Gambhir stated.
“They’ve the mix. They’ve two world-class spinners. What number of groups have two world-class spinners in Hasaranga and Theekshana, they usually can bowl in numerous conditions as effectively,” he added.
Hasaranga represented Sri Lanka in 19 T20Is final 12 months and took 34 wickets, together with 10 towards India in seven video games. Theekshana took 22 wickets in 22 T20Is in 2022, together with one wicket towards the Males in Blue.
Dilshan Madushanka Can Bowl 140 And Swing The Ball Again In – Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir said that the guests have damaging batters corresponding to Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa who will be damaging within the T20s. The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that the Dasun Shanaka-led crew additionally has a superb seam assault.
“Not at any stage, India can take them evenly. They’ve individuals like Kusal Mendis, Asalanka and Rajapaksa. These guys will be damaging, particularly within the T20 format. The problem for Sri Lanka would be the 50-over format. T20 – I feel they’re an excellent aspect and possibly it’s fifty-fifty.”
“They’ve Dilshan Madushanka as effectively. We haven’t seen loads of him however he has bought all of the expertise – no matter little we noticed within the Asia Cup, he can bowl 140 and swing the ball again in. He has bought a superb slower one. Lahiru Kumara has bought tempo. So they’ve all of the substances to be an excellent T20 aspect.”