Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2010 October 16, 2010

Sangakkara looking forward to Australian test

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Sri Lanka's build-up to next year's World Cup continues when they leave for Australia on Sunday to play a three-ODI series. One of the biggest challenges ahead of Kumar Sangakkara and his team is winning next year's marquee tournament, and thereby emulate the achievement of Arjuna Ranatunga's side which won the World Cup in 1996, the last time it was held in the subcontinent.

"When you play sides as good as Australia, if there are any small weakness they are highlighted. It will be interesting to see how far we've come over the last one-and-a-half years," Sangakkara said. "Every tour has brought improvement. What those improvement areas are, sometimes you identify at practice but sometimes they are more obvious in games."

The Australian tour and the home series against the West Indies starting next month gives Sri Lanka their only opportunities to work on the grey areas and finalise the batting slots and the bowling combinations ahead of picking the final squad for the World Cup.

The return of legendary offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan is a tremendous boost to the team, according to Sangakkara. "There is no substitute for Murali. We saw what he did in the last Test that he played against India, the amount of fire and enthusiasm he has, the challenge he took to take eight wickets. That kind of attitude in a side does wonders. He is the best team man that I have played with. He has no ego, he is always team first and him second.

"To have that kind of person in the side helps us to bond together, helps everyone communicate better and also lifts us as a team. To make any impact in the World Cup or any tournament for that matter that kind of energy, enthusiasm, never-say-die attitude is vital."

The injury to key allrounder Angelo Mathews, who is recovering from a knee strain, has altered the team combination for the Australian series. "We have to wait and see how we can play our combinations because if Angelo Mathews cannot bowl on this tour he can still hold his own easily as a batsman," Sangakkara said. "It also means that we'll have to play our old combination of three specialist fast bowlers and one spinner."

Sangakkara himself was fighting to be fit for the tour after tweaking his left hamstring at practice two weeks before the team's departure. "I am almost back to full fitness after a couple of days running at full pace," he said. "It looks very good at the moment I just need to make sure that I keep working hard at my rehab and getting my muscles stronger because hamstring injuries can recur."

It was on the same left leg (but a different side) that Sangakkara suffered a hamstring injury when Sri Lanka last toured Australia in 2007.

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • karthikfromchennai on October 22, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    SL - Aus matches are meaningless when they play in Aus...They dont have the fire power to beat Aus in Aus as Ind did in the last ODI series in Aus...

  • karthikfromchennai on October 22, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    your team is not worth for more than two test series abroad...that too you get to tour eng, aus, sa...once in a decade....shame on u

  • TenCricket on October 22, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Friends Aravinda is a good cricketer, but when comes to World cricket Sachin is the master, same way Akthar, Lee are best bowlers but Murali is world class so at the moment no player can be compared with Sachin he the the Master... any way hope srilanka will play wel in Australia and good luck for Sanga and Team

  • on October 21, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    @cenitin when did you last see sachin score a century in a world cup final, Which arvinda did.

  • on October 21, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Wow all this makes me laugh & sad. Laugh cause both sides (in fact all subcontinent fans) have few pundits for fans with short memories to stone their heros when they fail, worship them when they triumph & quick to jump on a winning band wagon. For them the freedom the web media has given is like giving a knife to a monkey, that can only do harm. I am even inclined to think someone in the media starts this with a few bad comments, then sit back & watch us fight. Their hit count goes up & they make money!! In reality I think majority of the true fans respect both teams, & adore their superstars. As for the recent animosity between the teams, what do you expect when they play each other so many times? It's like a married couple fighting all the time, when they are stuck in one room. If they played other teams (AUS/ENG/SA needs 2 give SL tours) they'd come to respect each other more! Sadly this theory of playing other teams is only good advice for Cricket, not for real marriage lol!!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    @NISH67 - Agreed totally with your comments. @cenitin- I am in no way under estimating Sachin's talent as a player,but its not correct to assess a player's caliber purely based on average.If so Sangakkara and Mahela are way better players than Aravinda.I am sure that you won't agree with me if I say Sanga and Mahela are better than Sachin based on averages.Its not just averages.Especially considering how few test matches Sri Lanka played til late 90's(I can show you the stats if you want).Players like Aravinda had very little chance to prove how good they are because of less opportunity.Even now Sri Lanka doesn't get enough opportunity to prove themselves at the longer format of the game.So purely comparing Sachin's stats who played so many tests with a player like aravinda's (even if it is averages) is a huge mistake.If you are still not convinced, you can compare the number of ducks Sachin has made and the corresponding number for Aravinda.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    @NISH67: ABSOLUTELY.....I agree with you 100%.

  • NISH67 on October 20, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    The age old argument of who is better than whom has no consequence here . I have read a few mind boggling theories on this forum especially by CENITIN . The crucx of the matter is that this article in no way concerns India or Tendulkar . Some people are so obsessed with Tendulkar that they have to drag the poor guy into every forum to soothe their own flagging egos . Aravinda was and still remains to this day Sri Lanka's best batsman - post test status . His peers have given him that recognition and several eminent past cricketers , too numerous to mention here have done so as well . CENTIN is entitled to his personal opinion about Attapattu but he - attapattu will be the first to admit that Aravinda was streets ahead of him as a batsman of pedigree . Aravinda's stats may pale in comparison with several of today's players but as a batsman of quality , he was second to none !

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Sangakkara has always been my favourite SL player. He also tells it like he sees it. IMO he is probably the best player in world cricet atm....especially if you include his additional responsibilities of captain and keeper.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • karthikfromchennai on October 22, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    SL - Aus matches are meaningless when they play in Aus...They dont have the fire power to beat Aus in Aus as Ind did in the last ODI series in Aus...

  • karthikfromchennai on October 22, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    your team is not worth for more than two test series abroad...that too you get to tour eng, aus, sa...once in a decade....shame on u

  • TenCricket on October 22, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    Friends Aravinda is a good cricketer, but when comes to World cricket Sachin is the master, same way Akthar, Lee are best bowlers but Murali is world class so at the moment no player can be compared with Sachin he the the Master... any way hope srilanka will play wel in Australia and good luck for Sanga and Team

  • on October 21, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    @cenitin when did you last see sachin score a century in a world cup final, Which arvinda did.

  • on October 21, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Wow all this makes me laugh & sad. Laugh cause both sides (in fact all subcontinent fans) have few pundits for fans with short memories to stone their heros when they fail, worship them when they triumph & quick to jump on a winning band wagon. For them the freedom the web media has given is like giving a knife to a monkey, that can only do harm. I am even inclined to think someone in the media starts this with a few bad comments, then sit back & watch us fight. Their hit count goes up & they make money!! In reality I think majority of the true fans respect both teams, & adore their superstars. As for the recent animosity between the teams, what do you expect when they play each other so many times? It's like a married couple fighting all the time, when they are stuck in one room. If they played other teams (AUS/ENG/SA needs 2 give SL tours) they'd come to respect each other more! Sadly this theory of playing other teams is only good advice for Cricket, not for real marriage lol!!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    @NISH67 - Agreed totally with your comments. @cenitin- I am in no way under estimating Sachin's talent as a player,but its not correct to assess a player's caliber purely based on average.If so Sangakkara and Mahela are way better players than Aravinda.I am sure that you won't agree with me if I say Sanga and Mahela are better than Sachin based on averages.Its not just averages.Especially considering how few test matches Sri Lanka played til late 90's(I can show you the stats if you want).Players like Aravinda had very little chance to prove how good they are because of less opportunity.Even now Sri Lanka doesn't get enough opportunity to prove themselves at the longer format of the game.So purely comparing Sachin's stats who played so many tests with a player like aravinda's (even if it is averages) is a huge mistake.If you are still not convinced, you can compare the number of ducks Sachin has made and the corresponding number for Aravinda.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 20, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    @NISH67: ABSOLUTELY.....I agree with you 100%.

  • NISH67 on October 20, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    The age old argument of who is better than whom has no consequence here . I have read a few mind boggling theories on this forum especially by CENITIN . The crucx of the matter is that this article in no way concerns India or Tendulkar . Some people are so obsessed with Tendulkar that they have to drag the poor guy into every forum to soothe their own flagging egos . Aravinda was and still remains to this day Sri Lanka's best batsman - post test status . His peers have given him that recognition and several eminent past cricketers , too numerous to mention here have done so as well . CENTIN is entitled to his personal opinion about Attapattu but he - attapattu will be the first to admit that Aravinda was streets ahead of him as a batsman of pedigree . Aravinda's stats may pale in comparison with several of today's players but as a batsman of quality , he was second to none !

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Sangakkara has always been my favourite SL player. He also tells it like he sees it. IMO he is probably the best player in world cricet atm....especially if you include his additional responsibilities of captain and keeper.

  • 9ST9 on October 19, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    @ Davis11cricket sad to see you are starting to bring in politics to this topic.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    @cenitin: Your both statements are wrong,"Newton laws prove true for all the real world cases man....its not every now and then object travel with speed of light..." First Statement, Newtons Laws are valid for only macroscopic world not for microscopic world. Second statement is completely wrong, It must be corrected as " its not ANY object now and then can travel with speed of light". And your argument is not strong enough to get a final conclusion about quality of a batman against PACE BOWLING.

  • ikey on October 19, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @lakmal :FYI only akram told its difficult to bowl to aravinda de silva on an occasion abt who reads swing bowling well..btw do u know how many times akram said tendulkar is the best batsman!!

  • cenitin on October 19, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics : Newton laws prove true for all the real world cases man....its not every now and then object travel with speed of light....Avg is very effectively signifies the performance not caliber of a player....if Arvinda is better player of pace why his stat signifies something else....any reason ? I have been closely watching cricket since Sachin arival ..I have never heard such type of statments from all these gr8 fast bowlers...you heard many time comparison between Anwar and Sachin in earlier days...then Sachin Vs Lara...now Sachin vs ponting but Sachin let every behind him..... Arvinda stat are poor ....even he is having caliber better than Sachin its of no use...in Cricket friend only performance matters...there are many players rated very highly but failed to perform like Kambli, I pathan, B Hodge, Yuvi in test etc .....FYI I rated Attapattu as best SL basman those I have seen outside sub continent

  • Davis11cricket on October 18, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Delhi.Prince @: Hey brother Don't be too support to Srilankan Team and fans. As you said They have classic Player. but don't forget they went through with big time elimination against the minor Tamils.They hate Indian because of they think Indian helping the Minor Tamils.but Indian has gone more than what Srilankan gone over to minors. I am the guy who got effect from both side.but as a cricket player I love to supprot the Great players from both team.( My Favor is SURESH RAINA-Chennai Super Kings Hero)As a fan we enjoy the cricket..Cheers..

  • LakmalPhysics on October 18, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    @cenitin & ikey: I would like to know how you compare average of a player to compare the quality of a player against PACE BOWLERS?. My friends, you conclusion is based on wrong assumptions like we can not accept the validity of Newton's equations when relevant objects speed getting close to speed of light. I express my opinion based on statements of great Pace Bowlers such as Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Courtly Ambrose & MacGrath. Sometimes Srinath also will agree with these great bowlers. But...I'm not sure...

  • cenitin on October 18, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    @Lakmalphysics : you know arvinda avg outside the sub continent is 38 wheras Sachin is 52 ...buddy first check the stats....I also checked the avg in Aus, Eng, WI, SA, NZ ....everwhere Sachin avg is better than Arvinda....i can uderstand all the gr8 fatest bowler are very close to you and might share this secret to you only personally...lol

  • lankarminnows on October 18, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    nsw and queensland r gonna leave lankan minnows in tatters...only to be further humiliated by aus.

  • ikey on October 18, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    @LakmalPhysics : I couldn't stop laughing after reading ur comment about de silva n sachin..thanks for making my day.. :)

  • Da-Silva1996 on October 18, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Sangakarra has the best ODI side in the world except for Kapu and Fernando so theres no reason why Sri Lanka should not give the Aussies a 3-0 thrashing.Sri Lanka is also in transition incorporating younger players and they have done admirably winning many games and the best is yet to come.In a few years Sri Lanka rankings or not will be the most feared side in world cricket with an abundance of young talent coming through and i can't wait for all the Sri Lanka bashers to eat their words.Believe it or not, the era is changing, Austrailia are crumbling, West Indies are in tatters, so beware be Sri Lanka is going to be breaking records and conquering all across the planet.Go Lions!!!!

  • fadms on October 18, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Oh and by the way we here in SA are waiting to bash your heads.....Kenako (It is time)

  • sadSajith on October 18, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Indians always overacting when they win and lost their mind when they loose.That's why Indians cannot win in crucial moments against Sri Lanka.Guys patriotism doesn't created by words it's in our own mind.I knew Indians were expecting a article about Sri Lanka to comments against us because they cant stand the last tournament lost against Sri Lanka.And this is a perfect time for them because Australia has beaten by them.But guys If you remember how you behave against Randiv no ball scene and how Randiv and Sri Lanka gave you the answer in tournament final you should not behave like this.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 18, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    @ visualdp You are absolutely spot on. First i don't understand why this article appeared in india homepage. Is cricinfo doing this delieberatley? I expected one or two fanatic indian fans post something that will annoy not only SL but Indian fans too. But the replies from srilankans fans like LakmalPhysics , dsachit suggest they too despite being small island compete with many indian fanatic fans. For godsake we are organizing the WC together and stop fighting like kids.

  • lakikeanu on October 18, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    HAY HAY Gyes.... what's going on here. India and Srilanka should be together.... no one is perfect, anyone do mistakes and things that makes others angry. it happens to friends. it should be it and forget it... if we fight like this we both loose. We both sould support each other even we both wins all matched VS AUS, or We both loose all match. I'm sure the player don't fight like this they are still friends and admire each other. so why we fight? any one can point out wrong things or mistakes doing by other team, but not like this. JUST RED SOME OF THE REVIEWS, I GOT SICK... What happend to us? STOP KICKING EACH OTHER... BE TOGETHER and win all the matches against AU... JUST REMEMBER, SL VS IND will face the FINAL in 2011 WORLD CUP... to go there we should be together...

  • Apache_Indian on October 18, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    @ Hiran Rajinda Karandeniya...... I agree with you, bro.. I'm with you. Go SL Go ! Tame the spirit of Aussies ! 3-0 in favour of Sri Lanka !

  • visualdp on October 18, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Again & Again, What is this guys?? plz grow up. For what reason IND & SL fans are fighting for ??? What you will get end of the day. Yes I'm a SL fan who hugely supported IND when they playing against specially AUS or SA. I thought IND are good people with good hearts. (May be I'm wrong). Any way guys please assure the beauty (& with humanity) of this game. No need to fight right !!!! It's a game . ha ha ha ..... And also why on earth cricinfo people continue posting these unwanted things ??? Seems to be you guys need to creat this fight.

  • cricket_for_all on October 18, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I am supporter of all sub-continental teams (after SL). But Indian fans should admit that If you are really #1 you will not cry like this (See how AUS were when they were #1 - They were simply #1). India should show their #1 status outside India (more than 60% of the matches played in India during the journey to #1 spot). SL is not a number one team but we are very much equal to India (Our balling is way above than India even without Murali). I still happy India won Aus 2-0 but please show your status outside India instead of criticizing SL I totally agree with Sanga about the ICC ranking comments (Whether You win with good team or bad team you will get same points. It is a Joke). If you win with higher ranked teams you should get more points while you get less points with low ranked teams (He didn't comment against India It is his great points in general).

  • NISH67 on October 17, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Nivek123, your level headed comment is appreciated but unfortunately there seems to be a plethora of idiots around you who just can't stomach the fact that Sri Lanka - a small island nation has achieved so much in so little time ! . I have never run down the Indian team in any of my posts cause the team itself is not to blame for a group of fools roaming around the cricinfo site who have nothing better to do than poking their pudgy noses into every article - most that do not concern them - and belittling the achievements of every other nation . These individuals are a disgrace to your country and to your team !

  • leggully on October 17, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    @all.. Last tym IND/AUS/SRI cme face to face in Australia was commonwealth series 2008....check the stats "http://www.cricinfo.com/cbs/engine/series/291340.html" any otha claims you srilankans..eh??

  • LakmalPhysics on October 17, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @cenitin: My opinion is Aravinda is better than Sachin against pace bowlers. You ask Oz's, Kiwis, West Indians, Pakistanis and your own hero Jawagal Srinath, they will tell you Aravinda's greatness. On the other hand, I'm always with my country and my team to ensure, protect and raise the mental strength of our team. Then we need to do our job when necessary against millions of Indians or whoever.

  • cenitin on October 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    just want to add 1 more thing ...many of SL fans posted that why Indian fans posting anti SL comments here as this is related to SL Vs AUS...I agree with all of them.....but there is only one reason I am seeing many SL fans did the same on IND team article...please go there and read the comments you can see many SL fans criticizing Indian team and payer for no reason.... may be some Indians believe in tit for tat...I can't blame them ..personally I would like that IND ans SL fans should support each others team with good spirit...legend like Sachin, Wasim, Murali, Dravid, Sanga, Imran, Kapil, Gavaskar, ponting, warne, Lara, Mcgrath, Ambrose, Kallis and many more will also be legend irresepective of there countries....

  • Mahi233 on October 17, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    how many away matches(outside subcontinent) srilanka has won as of now???..i dont think they wud hav won anything in AUS nd SA(two toughest places to play cricket)...they r just good at home...nd then agnst WI nd NZ...Aussies will slaughter them...like their local t20 champs..wayamba(whatever) were slaughtered in CL...becoz they cannot play swing nd bounce

  • cenitin on October 17, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    To be honest Indian fans always support SL team after India....but there are some things happened and fans of both side get hostile : 1. Mahela and Sanga both gave some unwanted comments about Indian team during last tour of SL. The Indian fans couldn't digest them and rightly so because Indian team achieved a lot better than SL in test (Home and away) 2. SL team shows bad sports spirit during same tour in one day. IND and SL have been playing all form of cricket frequently for last 2 years and most of the time IND won. In the last Test/ ODI series when IND was not at full strength SL managed to match with IND team. Then they forgot all the previous results. 3. There were many negative comments posted for IND by many SL fans on the IND VS AUS series, On Sachin being Cricketer of Year, On India being number 1 test team . Even some one was claming Sachin is even not as good as Arvinda. Lakmalphysics is one of such type of SL fan. Still I would support SL for there series wth Oz.

  • 9ST9 on October 17, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    i was surprised by the statistical inaccuracy of the Indian fans. Maybe cricinfo has a different version of statsguru for Indians.this version presumably keeps the 1 billion or so effigy burners happy and content.

  • 9ST9 on October 17, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    SL fans should not hold any grudges against India. After all have they not participated in some of SL's biggest wins and record breaking performances? Have they not unearthed the best of many of our players? They even ensured murali got to his 800. And they were the team that gave SL their first Test and ODI victories. Don't forget that. SL fans please Salute India.

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Why are Indians commenting on an article about Sri Lanka cricket? Indians, we Sri Lankans know that you do not like other South Asians but please do not bother us with your invalid opinions about our team because we couldn't care less. You never see Sri Lankans commenting on articles about the Indian team. I suggest that you people go get a life or go back to worshipping your so called Idols.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 17, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Thanks Delhi.Prince for making peace on this comment thread. You should find yourself a job as a peace ambassador or something, you are really good at it :) By the way Munazir Mohamed, SL didn't send India home in the 1996 WC; they were already at home!! lol! One more thing, Mr.Deepfreezed, shouldn't your name be something like Deepfroze or Deepfrozen? Just curious...

  • nivek123 on October 17, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    @All Sri Lankans... Please don't stereotype all Indians as egocentric based on the comments of some here. The average Indian supports Sri Lanka against all teams except India(obviously), its just a few here who have no other job than to post their ignorant rants over here that are earning a bad name for Indian fans and I can tell you its very embarrasing for the rest of us. Cheers.

  • on October 17, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    disappointed with the indian fans...the only weakness in bounce and pace is with INDIA....watching shewag play short ball is EPIC, atleast they have sachin and rain as a hopefull...Number ranking will be gone soon :P

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    lanka will lost 3-0...he hehe

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Thanx whogivesafox for your morale boost and good attitude of well human being, as like everywhere there are some rude spectators of cricket in india, we saw these people action during several series and World cup 1996, because of them all the indian supporters are judged by the world. yes at the moment the current indian squad is good but i will never say best. they dont have good quality fast bowler aprt from Zaheer. Indian team survive with good batting line up the true talent of indian team will be known during SA tour. during 1996 also these poeple criticized the Lankan but the rest is History. dont forgot during 1996 & 2007 we send the full strength Indians home

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    The indian batters are flat track bullies and their bowlers...please give me a break - are nothing but average. They win matches at home and an one off match overseas. There is too much hype about the team co's there a zillion indians in every corner of the world....and the sorriest thing is this zillion people think their teams gonna win every world cup....who knocked India out of the first round in 2007 world cup in west indies? who knocked india out of the first round in the 2010..T20 world cup....yes my oily brothers...SRI LANKA did...so keep quiet and dream..but dont dream aloud

  • visualdp on October 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Whatz going on here !!!! Is this is a battle ground or ????? I don't Understand this hatred thing between 2 nations. Please read the article it's about SL cricket, not Indian !!!!!! I'm really disappointed about Indian fans. They really messed up with SL. They really hate SL cricket. wow!!! that is pathetic. Please let the teams to play the game & My dear Indian friends don't waste your time on this any more. It's not about Indian Cricket. !!!!!!

  • first_slip on October 17, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    @SIVA-TATTU,SL never won a test series in NZ, eh..chck your Stats man...

  • 9ST9 on October 17, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    @Mahi233 - SL won in NZ and WI the last time they toured. 2006 and 2008. I hope you are intelligent enough to realise that you cannot win without touring right?

  • NISH67 on October 17, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    I agree with you Whogivesafox - some of these people who make adverse comments on other countries are hardly cricket fans per se but misguided lost souls masquerading as patriots . Their sole aim is to run down other nations whom they perceive as a threat to their dominance of Cricket . Sadly these guys don't realize that they are a minority and their conduct is also hurting their team - a prime example of this type of an ignoramus is the fool calling himself Iccchariman (! ) - who has ranted and raved about Sri Lanka on this forum !

  • on October 17, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Delhi Prince, Brother its been a honour in reading out your patriotic and sincere comments of Peace and understanding,for gods sake india,sri lanka,Pakistan,Bangladesh are like 4 peas in a pod, we belong to the same subcontinent but why are we try to show negativity between ourselves it is very important for us to stick together as we have to work together as one to host the biggest event of our lives,i pray that one day indians,sri lankans, pakistanis and bangladeshis will hold hands together with unity and peace, its time to throw away hate and grab love.and my comments about Sachin and Shewag was really a rush of blood which never should be the truth is Tendulkar is my idol,Shewag is one who i watch my eyes glued when he smash it all over.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    @yakesh234: If Perera and Mendis are good for nothing then why does Indians struggle against them? As for ICC awards - everybody knows it is a joke. I mean Finn - emerging player? Broad ODI XI? Champions league exposed Mahela? Oh right, Then I guess champions league also exposed Dhoni, Hayden, White etc. since they also struggled. Go watch india's greatest classics or something and hang onto past glory because at present Indian team is highly overrated and sucks.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    @ iccchariman: "India has beaten every oppoenent at home yard but drew or won series with every other countries at their soil. Except Australia in their good times, no other countries have perfromed well outside their home turf, including SA." 1.Doesn't make any sense. 2. india will never be as good as SA keep dreaming. Players will starve? BCCI doesn't help pakistan cricket but does that mean Pakistan or Bangladesh players starve? People like you should really abstain from making inane comments like this because it shows your level of intellect. The only 'joker' I see is you being jobless enough to comment about BCCI in a SL vs AUS article. Plus your mom loves Sri Lankan cricket. Just ask her if you don't believe me

  • on October 17, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    I love the fact to see in India, there are at least few humble people are there who are not only cheering on their country but also neighbours Sri Lanka ,Bangladesh and even Pakistan as a Sri Lankan i appreciate those friends for being patriotic and friendly and never being one sided,and also we Sri Lankans never be jealous of India, because they are like a big brother for us and we are proud of India and in fact Sri Lanka is a Bollywood crazy,India loving country, people make love, not hate and not jealousy , lets appreciate each other and cheer ourselves on , India go on win vs Aussies, Sri Lanka go thrash Aussies.good luck...

  • on October 17, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    @Icc Chairman!

    Check records and stats before shouting out a loud. Sri lanka has won tests in ENGLAND & NEWZEALAND

  • on October 17, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    @tanstell87: I'm a Sri Lankan & a big SL Cricket fan & I still agree with u to some extent dude...most people here in SL dislike the Indian team,,, yap MOST but NOT ALL though. I'm a big fan of Indian team (specially Dhoni's) & extremely enjoyed their recent triumph against OZs. Hopefully our LIONs can continue the process of breaking the OZ ego.

    But more importantly, all subcontinent ppl must be aware of this that this is not the time to get separated with the WC'11 in sight (It's OK when we play against each other but not when a subcontinent team playing against a team from outside world). We should get our act together & stand against the world as one proud neighborhood. We should admire the Banglawash against the Kiwis, help Pakistan to cleanup their mess, cheer & wish best of luck for India & SL to continue their good form....& eventually, may the WC stay somewhere here in Subcontinent....

  • first_slip on October 17, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    @ my SL friends, guys dont worry Indian fans are jealous about SL cricket team because of the Huge potential of the Srilanken team, they know how dangerous lanken can be, & they have hands one experience (951/4, India's 54 all out in Sarjah, Sana's Demolition act Against Indian Bowlers since 96, Sanas 189, Sanas 340 & 576 runs Partnaship with Mahanama at premadasa, Muralis 7/30 (sarjah), Vass's 5/14 (sarjah), mendis 6/26 in Pakistan, Kapugedaras 6 of last ball to knock india out in Last T20 WC,) few examples, & Indian always Hate SL Team, as i know that after SL's first test victory against India 5 or 6 years after they won test states Kapil Dave said SL Never going to win Test match Outside SL, I am afraid that's the mindset of Indians, they are not Cricket Lovers Simply they are India Lovers who Dont know how to Appreciate others Talent & dont Know the word Respect... But we SL knows that BCCI does not think that way they have support us always. we r thankful to them for that.

  • iccchariman on October 17, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    To all Lankan Jokers - India has beaten every oppoenent at home yard but drew or won series with every other countries at their soil. Except Australia in their good times, no other countries have perfromed well outside their home turf, including SA. Your SL has won any test match in India/AUS/SA/ENG???? Don't forget my dear freinds that your country's cricket team is surviving b'├žos of BCCI. You guys better start supporting Indians else, your players will starve..hahaha...Compare your team with afganistan and other minnows..

  • on October 17, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    So i see lot of the comments here are motivated by patriotism, rather than cricketing acumen, so... here's my prediction for the series.... Aussies 3 - 0 SL

    Oh and if India were playing them in d kangaroo yard they wouldn't fare any better....

    I agree wiht the comment SL has a better bowling line up than do INDIA.. Rating Sharma as "Right armfast" when he bowls at 135 km, is the joke of the century!

    On a differnt note to all indian fans who r hyped with 2-0 test win against aussies; we all know the series was much, much closer than the score line reflected! But bask in d moment of glory, which i am sure will be short lived!

  • TATTUs on October 17, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Now is the chance for everybody to win against the aussies...they are realy really weak..and this is not good for cricket....

    as far as ind vs SL for overseas record goes, we all know what the records are...so no point in fighting...

    SL has not won a test in India SA AUS , let alone series...no series win in WI, NZ also...

    India has won in Eng, WI , NZ , PAK , SL In Australia last 2 series were 1-1 and 2-1....SA last series was 2-1....

  • NISH67 on October 17, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Some of these so called Indian fans have massive chips on both shoulders . No one else from any other nation stoops to the levels these guys do in putting down other countries and their achievements . It is because of these individuals who poke their noses into every forum on this site and add their 2 bits of nonsense that fans of other countries can't seem to stand the Indian side - although the cricketers themselves are hardly to blame . My advice to all you ego-centric dudes - get a life and start appreciating achievements of other nations as well cause your attitude is ultimately driving away neutral fans from your team which has several world class players !

  • whogivesafox on October 17, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    This marks my first post on Cricinfo as I need to clarify something for the benefit of the Lankan fans... You need to visit India to see the kind of cult following your cricketers have rather than judge us (cricketing community) by the posts of some guys trying to pass time at a boring office job.

    Sanath, Lasith and Murali are cheered as loudly as anyone else. In Mumbai we have cheered for Malinga and booed Yuvraj for acting like a complete ass. In particular, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have always been welcomed by the paying fans that come to watch the action. Please don't let the opinions of a few idiots ruin the good cricketing relations shared between the 2 countries.

  • Hindh on October 17, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Agreed india have not won a series in aus or SA , But SL have not won even a test match in Aus, SA or India.

  • yakesh234 on October 17, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    And if u ppl are searching for a reason wy india is N01 test team ask ponting and sanga...... They know better......

  • yakesh234 on October 17, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    PPl who dream lanka is gonna be no1 keep dreaming, because ur playing against australia not zimbabwe....... Now india is playing its Team B against australia..... As my friend runster said, its full of youngsters.......

  • yakesh234 on October 17, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    u guys are dead meat this time...... Murali is ur only silver Lining.... Rest all need to get lucky....... The champions league exposed jaywardene, mendis and perrera.... The are no good.... Ya they won against a weakened central districts......

  • evenflow_1990 on October 17, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    we need dilshan, sanga and mahela to man up big time. our bowling should hold against australia's batting line up, but those three batsman are crucial. mathews as well. keep kapugedera the hell out of there though.

  • yakesh234 on October 17, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    irrespective of the past and the present records if u look at the number of times india has toured australia and the lankan's.... India stands out..... The reason being India is the best opposition they can play against..... As many lankans in this forum would say that india is overrated, if india is that overrated wy do u play against india????? Enough of this IndiaVs Sri-lanka series..... You should look for a more tougher opponent...... Get some more swimmers into ur team to bowl with a awkward action..... If India is that pathetic wy do u ppl play against us? Don participate in IPL also??????? We know how good and bad we are...... just look at the players in the ICC test11, just one sri-lankan..... If Indians are overrated wy does the Icc select them? Think twice before u type? And the perera's and mendis are good for nothing...... Complete whitewash in CLt20..... They are as overated as ur brains......

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    @hindh88: your mom thinks SL is gonna win :D

  • Hate.ME on October 17, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    @ all Test Match Lovers ...Spare this page and come here :- http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/481786.html and see yourself which team stands where !

  • 9ST9 on October 17, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    @ Indian fans - you guys have been repeating the same crap about SL not winning a test series in AUS SA IND even when the topic is vaguely related to SL cricket. Do you see Sri Lankans mention the 2007 WC, ICC T20 wc 2009 & 2010 each and every time an article about indian cricket appears.? Get a life man.

  • --.-- on October 17, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Ooooops I didn't know that Murali was in the squad. Bad news for Aussies lol...........................Go Murali Go........... You'll find many Indian supporters there in Australia cheering for you who belong to Chennai. And you know why. Don't you? ;) Will be a good contest between Murali & M. Hussey, team mates. lol I can't wait for this series !

  • --.-- on October 17, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    @ Amila .. I don't think so. Australia have been given so many chances to come to India and play, they even play in IPL but still they can't play spin bowling well; same logic applies to Sri Lankans or any other Asian team, since childhood, we play on flat tracks and have become masters in playing spin-bowling. no matter, how many times we tour Aus, SA & Eng, we'll always find it difficult to play on FAST & BOUNCY pitches. whoever adopts himself well as quickly as possible will survive. Will be interesting to see, what would be the approach of Mahela and Sangakkara, as they are backbone of your team. Btw, I am an INDIAN. Good Luck !

  • on October 17, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    There has been so much bad blood between the teams and the fans alike after the recently concluded series in Srilanka due to Sanga's comments and Randiv no ball incident.I think all the bonhomie when much of Indian media supporting Srilanka in the 2007 world cup is gone.I think playing the game of oneupmanship in a comments forum is pretty insane.

  • R_Mr_Dependable on October 17, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    being an indian, i always support sri lanka (against all teams except india) .....go lanka go....muralidharan show ur magic again

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 17, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    I don't know if Sri Lankans know this fact that majority Indians support Sri Lankan team against other teams (especially Non-Asian) just because we both are Asians and neighbors ! There are other reasons too, one is IPL - Muttiah Murali has huge fan following in Chennai, Dilshan is my favorite (as he plays for my team Delhi), I love Sanga and Jayawardene because they have won many matches for my other favorite team Punjab ! In Mumbai, people are mad for Malinga.. They always cheer for him saying "Malingaaaa-Malingaaa" ! Second reason: Our countries have good relations with each other. Sri Lankan President was invited as a chief guest in Common Wealth Games 2010 ceremony ! Whole world saw it. Guys, Stop HATING each other.

  • Mahi233 on October 17, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    srilanka is a mediocre team...they can only perform in srilanka...i dont remember or know whether srilanka has won any test (leave aside test series) in AUS nd SA nd NZ nd WI...they are poor player of pace.... @ nav84smom...Sl has never won a test match in india...heheh..they are hopeless..remember sehwaag's butchering of murali nd mendis..heheh

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 17, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @ ALL ...We India & Sri Lanka are 2 strong Cricket playing nations from Asia ! In 2011, we have to host World Cup together. We have to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If we keep spreading venom against each other like this then these are not good signs for future. Being an INDIAN, I request my countrymen that don't bash Sri Lankan team. Also, I expect from Sri Lankan fans that they won't bash Indian team ! PEACE. Stop War, Start Cricket(unbiased). Anyone ?

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 17, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    @ LakmalPhysics ... U ask yourself, when Sachin got 'ICC Cricketer of the year award' that too for the first time, how many Sri Lankans appreciated ? In fact, some of them blamed that BCCI have purchased it. So should I start saying that Sri Lankans hate Indians ? You should look @ your side too. I'm NOT saying that Indians are innocent but people of your side too bash India in every forum related to India. We give the credit where it is due. Of course Lara's knock was superb, Of course Sanga & Jaya are class players but at the same time I've seen many Sri Lankans saying that Sachin's knock of 200* in ODI against SA came in sub-continent and hence it was useless ! It hurts.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Hahaha Indian fans always managed to crack me up. When they lose they call the likes of Dhoni actors even when he does his best to win. When they win, they diss others. Keep going Indians the whole world is laughing at you.

  • on October 17, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Wow, some of you Indian posters are saying some fairly stupid things. The Sri Lankan side is far more rounded than your own. At least they've got penetrative bowlers... Bhaji, Ohja and co. Barely look like taking wickets! Zaheer is your only bowler who is anywhere near test class. Lasith, Murali, Mendis et al would run right through your line-up. And, in my opinion, the Aussies. But we shall see...

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 17, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Anyway, about this TOUR, I think Australian players would be frustrated after what India did to them in Test Series; their pace battery of Johnson, Tait, Nannes, Bollinger, Siddle and Hilfenhaus will be licking their tongues as they have to bowl on JUICY TRACKS of Australia. From Sri Lankan batting, much will depend on Dilshan, Sanga and Jaya. If these 3 fail then I don't think Tharanga, Matthews & Samarweera would be able to handle the pace and bounce of Aussies ! From Lankan bowling, again all eyes will be on Malinga; He will create problems for Aussie batsmen, that's for sure ! Aussie batsmen are not in best of their form ! To me, 60-40 in favor of Aussies. But this is CRICKET, you never know ! Looking forward to the series !

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on October 17, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    @ ALL ..Since Sehwag-Randiv incident, Indians and Sri Lankans have started sucking each others' blood. Sri Lankans always try to prove that India don't deserve to be No. 1 team, Sangakara/Jayawardene are better than Sachin/Dravid/Laxman etc. & Indians always try to prove that Team India is better than Sri Lankan team ! Btw, I'm an Indian too and it DID HURT when Sehwag and Sachin were given the ICC awards and some Sri Lankan fans alleged that BCCI / India have purchased it. I was expecting that Indian fans would retaliate and you can see now what's happening. Anyway, I want to keep myself away from this FIGHT and I still love Dilshan, Sanga, Jayawardene, Malinga and Murali. - my 5 favorite Cricketers from Sri Lanka.

  • KP_84 on October 17, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    The arrogance displayed by 'Deepfreezed' in his comment, I think, is a bit outdated. It has become increasingly clear over the 18 months or so that Australia can no longer take any opponent or series for granted. Sri Lanka probably has it's best chance ever to return home from a tour of Australia with some silverware - Australia were almost unbeatable at home for the last decade-and-a-half, and SL were a very ordinary side prior to that era. Also, there is a much better chance of a series upset in a best-of-three than over a marathon world series tournament. It must be noted that Sri Lanka is sending their full-strength side and is putting in a lot of preparation for the series in terms of tour matches, while Aussies will be turning up virtually straight off the plane from India (and possibly won't be fielding their best XI if team selection for the India ODIs is anything to go by).

  • Kencrick on October 17, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Yes they played poor in bouncing wickets...but they have strength to play exceptional cricket where ever they want to be...beware of the Lions....

  • on October 17, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    LIONS are the best.they can challenge to a any team in the world.So as to KANGAROOS, they will do it this time. I WISH ALL THE BEST to SANGA and ALL. GO AHEAD.

  • Praviya on October 17, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    @ all the Indians who are not used to mind their own business:Wait till your pathetic team tour Aus or SA. You will get thrashed, and that's inevitable. No point of bragging after winning at your own back yard. You are not as good as the ranks display. Whole world knows that. Too bad you (Indians) do not notice.

  • tanstell87 on October 17, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    this is an Indian fan from Mumbai....Sri Lankan people are jealous of India...but we are not...I hope Australia gets crushed by the Lankans...Sri Lanka has a great chance to tame the Aussies...Dilshan should fire...the quicks will play crucial roles...Jaywardena has chance to prove that he can make runs outside Sri Lanka...Good Luck Sri Lanka !

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Thanks for manifesting your frustration indian fans. We deeply appreciate it. It's India who can't play against pace and bounce. remember the 2007, 2008, 2009 WCs? Damn Shame

  • on October 17, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    @ Deepfreezed : Just like the Aussies have No hope in India isn't it? We'll see how it goes, If you say SL are weak against pace & bounce, It is only because they haven't had enough opportunities to play away from home, if you look at this SL side, they haven't been to Aus, Eng, Or SA for over four years!, If they've given a fair chance to adopt to those condtion They'll be unstoppable!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 17, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    @hollandindian: Erm when was the last time India won a test series against OZ in OZ and SA in SA? Oh thats right never. India has won a test series against SL only once and that's also before SL became a top team in cricket. Remember the 952-6 vs India? Great knock eh?

  • on October 17, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    @ Abisek Bingh ,hey before you try to judge the Golden Lions of Sri Lanka,your PoorIndian Dhonis men will lose Aussie ODIs and Sanga's trope will murder Aussies you just watch and Tendulkar is a drama queen,Shewag is a stunt man but Mahela Jayawardene,Sangakkara and Dilshan are natural world talents with full potential with blazing exhibition of batsmenship and our bowlers are the best in the world,Murali,Randiv,Perera,Malinga,Kulasekera,Herath,Thushara,Fernando,Maharoof,Welegedera,Vaas,Lakmal and lot more to come,bt india have bajan and Zaheer only with Ishant getting lucky chances ,jadeja allrounder biggest mistake & joke of Indian Cricket,and finally dont forget we thrashed india last series and we will do it the next time as well,also forget about the WC bcz India will be out of it after the 1st round just like 2007 WC,Australians win the current ODI series against Indians and Sri Lankans conquer this ODI series against Australians. Then SRI LANKA is the BEST ODI Team

  • on October 17, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    India Hardly win a test series outside India, they are the mighty tigers in India, but outside they are as good as Bangladesh!

  • Hindh on October 17, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    SL are going to be exposed very badly even against this weakened Aus team.

  • visualdp on October 17, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Boy !!!!!! I can't believe that most of the comments from Indians... May be because of closest neighbors. But one thing they should understand when they play against AUS or any country, SL fans always supported to them. Any way no worries about it at all. SL definitely have chance to take this series. All the best Srl Lanka !!!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    srilanka is the talented odi side they will win 3-o against australia............srilanka is best ever..

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    sri lanka can play well only at home.. their middle order is too weak, bowling looks gud. 3-0 whitewash for srilanka

  • Davis11cricket on October 17, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Who said Srilanka Cannot Play the test match outside of the sub.continent. They have proved in England,South Africa West Indies and Partially in Australia too.They even white washed it.Srilanka is the 2nd last test team who got the test qualifications before Bangladesh. How long India have been playing cricket.what they have achieved much?Unless Master Sachin...If indian has talent let them prove it....and we will see how long they going to be in the top?

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    @Abhishek Singh - Mendis is dropped dude..if u dnt know...sl have high quality spinners coming through... and Lions will crush aussies...good luck sanga...we'll c whether dilshan scores or not...but he will do better dan sehwag who failed in the test matches against short ball in dead indian pitches

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Srilanka are going to be whitewashed by Australia hands.100%guaranteed.

  • 9ST9 on October 17, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    the funnies thing is here is an article on the Sri Lankan team and Indian fans are among the first to predict a 3-0 loss and the typical indian whine can be seen here as well "..tests in india, SA, Aus......" this is ODI we are talking about people. this is obviously the highest form of human narrow-mindedness.

  • LakmalPhysics on October 17, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Most of the Indians hate Sri Lankan Cricket. They think that only Indians can play cricket. They have never used to think unbiasedly and independently. And they never know to appreciate or evaluate other nations abilities. When Sachin hits a double century they think he is a GOD. Lara made the only Quadruple Century in a test. Do Indians appreciate it?. Never. Most of the Sri Lankan players have scored Triple centuries and a lot of double centuries within a short duration of having test status. Indians can not digest that. Poor Indians.

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Aus will win india ODI..but SL will win aus tour..we have very good hitter..like dilshan, chandimal, kapu, mathews and also we have our best batsman sanga and mahela..we will win....

  • Davis11cricket on October 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Who said Srilanka Cannot Play the test match outside of the sub.continent. They have proved in England,South Africa West Indies and Partially in Australia too.They even white washed it.Srilanka is the 2nd last test team who got the test qualifications before Bangladesh. How long India have been playing cricket.what they have achieved much?Unless Master Sachin...If indian has talent let them prove it....and we will see how long they going to be in the top?

  • shihan12 on October 17, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    @ Abhishek-these are jokes man.. Indian lost the last ODI series that played in Sri Lanka..vl c how Dilshan score runs...even who told that Mendis injured??if u r a Indian fans..its good to be in that way..coz some time u can show ur inabilty to put comments on other countries..

  • nlambda on October 17, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    The #3 test ranking flatters SL. Fact is they are probably #7 or so. The #3 ranking was lost THE DAY Murali walked off in Galle. As and when they play the "inferior" teams like Aus, Eng, Pak they will get hammered. Sad but true. A glimpse of the future was losing the 3rd test so comprehensively to India. Do you think they would have failed to defend 250+ on day 5 just 2 tests earlier?

  • Runster1 on October 16, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    As an Indian fan i have huge respect towards Sangakkara but I hope he doesnt think his team is great after beating India in the last ODI series in Sri lanka; India was literally playing their B team! And now, India is resting 7 players in their ODI series against Australia. If Australia lose even 1 of their matches against this depleted team: it will be considered a big victory for the youngsters.

  • Deepfreezed on October 16, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka has no hope in Aus. Their weak batting against pace and bounce will be shown.

  • hollandindian on October 16, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Its a shame they dont have chances to play tests outside the subcont. They are in top 5 icc but havent toured since 2007!!!! They now have chance to show their odi-abilities. In tests they will be blown away in India, SA, england and aus.

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    mr sangakkara these is coming from an indian fan u will lose these series 3/ 0, dilshane cant make any runs ,mendis gets ingured and he cant play,

  • LakmalPhysics on October 16, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Australians win the current ODI series against Indians and Sri Lankans conquer this ODI series against Australians. Then SRI LANKA is the BEST ODI Team.

    East or West, SRI LANKA is the BEST!!!!!!!!!

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  • LakmalPhysics on October 16, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Australians win the current ODI series against Indians and Sri Lankans conquer this ODI series against Australians. Then SRI LANKA is the BEST ODI Team.

    East or West, SRI LANKA is the BEST!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    mr sangakkara these is coming from an indian fan u will lose these series 3/ 0, dilshane cant make any runs ,mendis gets ingured and he cant play,

  • hollandindian on October 16, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Its a shame they dont have chances to play tests outside the subcont. They are in top 5 icc but havent toured since 2007!!!! They now have chance to show their odi-abilities. In tests they will be blown away in India, SA, england and aus.

  • Deepfreezed on October 16, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka has no hope in Aus. Their weak batting against pace and bounce will be shown.

  • Runster1 on October 16, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    As an Indian fan i have huge respect towards Sangakkara but I hope he doesnt think his team is great after beating India in the last ODI series in Sri lanka; India was literally playing their B team! And now, India is resting 7 players in their ODI series against Australia. If Australia lose even 1 of their matches against this depleted team: it will be considered a big victory for the youngsters.

  • nlambda on October 17, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    The #3 test ranking flatters SL. Fact is they are probably #7 or so. The #3 ranking was lost THE DAY Murali walked off in Galle. As and when they play the "inferior" teams like Aus, Eng, Pak they will get hammered. Sad but true. A glimpse of the future was losing the 3rd test so comprehensively to India. Do you think they would have failed to defend 250+ on day 5 just 2 tests earlier?

  • shihan12 on October 17, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    @ Abhishek-these are jokes man.. Indian lost the last ODI series that played in Sri Lanka..vl c how Dilshan score runs...even who told that Mendis injured??if u r a Indian fans..its good to be in that way..coz some time u can show ur inabilty to put comments on other countries..

  • Davis11cricket on October 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Who said Srilanka Cannot Play the test match outside of the sub.continent. They have proved in England,South Africa West Indies and Partially in Australia too.They even white washed it.Srilanka is the 2nd last test team who got the test qualifications before Bangladesh. How long India have been playing cricket.what they have achieved much?Unless Master Sachin...If indian has talent let them prove it....and we will see how long they going to be in the top?

  • on October 17, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Aus will win india ODI..but SL will win aus tour..we have very good hitter..like dilshan, chandimal, kapu, mathews and also we have our best batsman sanga and mahela..we will win....

  • LakmalPhysics on October 17, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Most of the Indians hate Sri Lankan Cricket. They think that only Indians can play cricket. They have never used to think unbiasedly and independently. And they never know to appreciate or evaluate other nations abilities. When Sachin hits a double century they think he is a GOD. Lara made the only Quadruple Century in a test. Do Indians appreciate it?. Never. Most of the Sri Lankan players have scored Triple centuries and a lot of double centuries within a short duration of having test status. Indians can not digest that. Poor Indians.