Karunaratne believes Sri Lanka will defeat India due to their "underdogs" advantage

Karunaratne believes Sri Lanka will defeat India due to their “underdogs” advantage

Sri Lanka have featured in 20 Tests in India, lost 11, and won zero. Even the legendary Sri Lanka teams – those featuring Muthiah Muralidaran, Chaminda Vaas, Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya – never got close to tasting victory in Indian soil.
 
Dimuth Karunaratne is leading a much-less star-studded group of players, but it’s not like this group hasn’t made history before, Sri Lanka’s captain firmly stated on the eve of the series. Not even India have won in South Africa. In 2019, this Sri Lanka side did, doesn’t matter if it was on the drier coastal pitches in Durban and Port Elizabeth.
 
Either way, this side knows what it takes to create history, Karunaratne said. And over the past year, it seems like they are onto something huge. But to really challenge India, they’ve must do what Sri Lanka have become a little better at doing under Karunaratne – putting up a competitive first-innings total. In the 16 Tests he’s led in, Sri Lanka have made more than 250 on ten occasions.
Our players are a lot more confident on this tour than previous other – Karunaratne
“I actually see a lot more confidence in the players than in previous tours of India,” he said. “We’ve performed really well in Tests over the past year. We’ve got seniors and juniors who have done well, and our combination is really good.
 
“I think we can do something in this series, just as we did in South Africa in 2019. We were underdogs then too, and we had nothing to lose, so we produced our best. We’ve never won in India before, so the pressure is on India to not let a match slip. Our job is to use that pressure to our advantage.
 
“The first innings is huge in a Test match,” Karunaratne said. “We have to hit 300 or 350 every first innings, because the pitches wear so much here, and the bowlers have a big advantage. When it’s good the batters have to take that responsibility and do right by the bowlers. I have a lot of confidence about our team. It’s a team with a bit of experience now, and I think we will avoid the kinds of mistakes we’ve made in the past.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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