COLOMBO: Twenty-four hours before Sri Lanka start their One-day International series against India on Sunday, the ambushed home side actually didn’t have the foggiest idea who their wicket-attendant would be, new commander Dasun Shanaka said.
With a huge number of disciplinary, injury and (Covid-19) issues, Shanaka was additionally acting courageously over tossing five players with no global experience into the crew of 23.
Shanaka took over as group pioneer for the three one-dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals after commander and wicket-manager Kusal Perera was controlled out of the competition through injury.
Shanaka conceded that the substitution wicket-attendant stayed unsure.
“We will actually want to settle on a wicket-guardian solely after rehearses today,” said the 29-year-old on Saturday.
Minod Bhanuka, 26, and 27-year-old Lahiru Udara are the main up-and-comers.
Shanaka said the huge number of new players could be to Sri Lanka’s benefit as India — likewise debilitated with their fundamental stars getting ready for their Test series in England — were doubtful.
In any case, what pundits have called an India ‘B’ side remaining parts impressive after the difficulties that Sri Lanka have gone through lately.
Three senior Sri Lankan players, including bad habit skipper Kusal Mendis, were suspended during last month’s visit through England after they disregarded a bio-secure air pocket.
Perera and bowler Binura Fernando were on Friday administered out of the ODIs because of wounds.
Batting mentor Grant Flower tried positive for Covid-19, managing another hit to a side that has lost five straight series.
“We are confronting India without some senior players just as our batting mentor,” Shanaka told columnists. “However, we will attempt to conquer these difficulties. We will most likely be unable to control who wins, yet we can guarantee a decent game.”