ODI series in India is a very good preparation for World Cup, says Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka

Written by Sumit Seth

Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka stated on Monday that he plans to build on his team’s recent success against India in the T20 series and give it his all in the three-match ODI series that gets underway in Guwahati on Tuesday.

In the first T20I, Sri Lanka came close but lost by two runs, while in the second T20I, played in Pune, they defeated India by 16 runs. With a gallant hundred, Suryakumar Yadav gave the hosts a 2-1 victory in the series-deciding game in Rajkot.

“None of the teams in the recent past except for South Africa have won in India. Even we gave a good fight in Mumbai. But they came stronger, we need to play competitive cricket,” Shanaka said on the eve of the ODI series.

Stressing on the need to do well, he further said: “It’s an important tournament for all Sri Lankans because the World Cup is going to be held here in India, so looking forward to this series.”

“It’s a very good preparation, the conditions would be similar. The boys are ready for that, they know the importance of this tournament.”

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