India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Adelaide February 13, 2012

Sangakkara says India vulnerable overseas

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There was a time when you dialled Sri Lanka to knock India out of big competitions. They did that famously in the 1996 and 2007 World Cups. They beat India in the Asia Cup in 2008. They knocked India out of the World Twenty20 in the West Indies in 2010. At some time, though, the two teams' administrations became too friendly, and started making the teams play against each other every other day. The sting was taken out of the contest, and familiarity bred some insipidness. That India have been dominating their neighbours of late would be an apt assessment.

Sri Lanka want that edge against India back, especially in matches outside India. A day before their second game in the triangular against India, Kumar Sangakkara said India were vulnerable when playing them in neutral venues. "Our strength has always been playing India away from India," Sangakkara said. "India are always strong in India, with the smaller grounds and conditions they are used to. But away from home we have always done very well against them."

That may be true in neutral venues in Asia, where Sri Lanka have a 7-2 win-loss record against India since 1999 (in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sharjah), but outside Asia India have thoroughly dominated: they hold an 8-1 advantage in that period, with their only defeat coming in a rain-reduced game in Canberra in 2008. For that record to improve, Sri Lanka will have to start batting better. Their bowlers and fielders did a stellar job in Perth against Australia, but the batsmen messed up a chase of 232.

"I think it was close only because Angelo Mathews really got us there in the end," Sangakkara said. "There was a time when we were out of it. It was a case of not building enough partnerships, and losing too many wickets too soon. It is a wicket that was quite flat in the end. We couldn't just capitalise on the opportunity. Once you have restricted them to 230, it's a case of having enough batsmen in the shed by the time you hit the 40th over. We didn't do that."

There are issues in the batting department that will need urgent resolving despite the good form of youngster Dinesh Chandimal. Upul Tharanga is pushing tamely outside off, much like Gautam Gambhir did at the start of the tour. Lahiru Thirimanne at No. 6 hasn't brought much value to the side so far. Sangakkara said the side hadn't made any decisions around those players' future in the tournament. Sri Lanka have long struggled with that one middle-order position with neither Chamara Silva nor Chamara Kapugedera taking the opportunities they were given.

One man who did bring value to that role, especially on tough pitches, as seen recently in South Africa, is out again. Thilan Samaraweera must more be wondering what he needs to do to be part of this team. A few of his team-mates might think that way, but can't comment much on selection issues. All Sangakkara could say of Samaraweera was: "I am not part of the selection committee. That's not a question for me, but he has done extremely well."

Those issues, and many others with the administration, are for another day. Sangakkara said that once the team is on the field, they forget all that. "The greatest thing as a player is to be able to play," Sangakkara said. "Whatever troubles you have off the field, whatever issues you have off the field, when you are on the park I don't think anyone thinks of those things."

It will be a mighty fine job if Sri Lanka can manage to do well despite those issues. And they know time is running out. They also know they should have ideally won one game by now. Now, though, they face the prospect of having to win four out of six games. "You have got to win a minimum of four games to have any chance of qualifying for the finals," Sangakkara said. "Tomorrow is another opportunity."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 15, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    india has a very good one day team lankans are no match in any conditions i think third team should be pak not minnows like lanka in 2008 also india aus crushed humiliated lanka in cb series 21 11 to india overseas against lanka and if we take eng aus sa than 16-2 ho ho ho even zim has a better record

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I hate IPL now....IT is like virus......IPL is destroying cricket spirit now in the world because of money.........................

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 15, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    ha ha ha Sangakkara can shut his mouth now and pack up.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @deepu111. You are talking about 150+ win and 183 runs win over SL.Then what about SL 245 runs win that too make them out 50+ runs. And also SL white washed ENG 5-0 in ODI yers and win against AUS with 2-1 and both are on their back yard only.But overall PAK is better team than SL and IND in ODI as well as Test.

  • Rosh1 on February 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @ ALL INDIANS. Please do not over react. Kumar has not mentioned anything about the Indian vulnerability. It is only that he has mentioned that SL performs better againist India outside India (that includes in SL as well). That is the actual case. The SL win/Loss ratio is better than that played in India. The press has made a statement just to hype the scenario knowing that the Indian press will go to town about it. Just chill people and read between the lines.

  • sysplex on February 14, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Sangakara should stop making such comments, especially after having dropped a lollypop from Aswin just some time ago now, look to first improve his keeping and, of course, get some decent runs to his name. He's commented about Indian grounds and the strength in Indians in India, i just can't understand how different grounds could be in Srilanka and hope he'd also remember India have defeated Srilanka convincingly, in Srilanka. Overall, it's good for him to perform first and stop talking and pickup qualities from Mahela Jayawardene, whom I regard, as one of the best captains I've seen and some excellent character to appreciate. He always gives more than 100%, captain or no captain. Sangakara, you've got the best person to learn from, right beside you.

  • on February 14, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Sanga said absolutely correct thing,when we consider about South Asian top 3 teams Pakistan,India,Sri Lanka, India can be ranked at no 3 when they are Playing at outside the sub continent. Indian Bowling line up is so bad than other 2 teams is the reason for that.Sri Lankan batting line up is comparably poor than india.But as a Whole Team India is lower than Sri lanka & pakistan at the Outside of SC.that`s the true i think.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    A tie with lankans is like defeat to us!!!!! And why was a 5 ball over bowled.

  • rohanbala on February 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara should first stop talking and start making useful contributions to the team and help his team win. It would not be a miracle if SL makes it to the finals particularly with its team packed with tail-enders who cannot contribute much to the team's cause.

  • Lord.emsworth on February 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I have a soft spot for SL cricket but boy isnt this the Pot calling the Kettle black? You should have said India AND Sri lanka are vulnerable abroad.....Would have gone better...

  • on February 15, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    india has a very good one day team lankans are no match in any conditions i think third team should be pak not minnows like lanka in 2008 also india aus crushed humiliated lanka in cb series 21 11 to india overseas against lanka and if we take eng aus sa than 16-2 ho ho ho even zim has a better record

  • on February 15, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I hate IPL now....IT is like virus......IPL is destroying cricket spirit now in the world because of money.........................

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 15, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    ha ha ha Sangakkara can shut his mouth now and pack up.

  • on February 14, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @deepu111. You are talking about 150+ win and 183 runs win over SL.Then what about SL 245 runs win that too make them out 50+ runs. And also SL white washed ENG 5-0 in ODI yers and win against AUS with 2-1 and both are on their back yard only.But overall PAK is better team than SL and IND in ODI as well as Test.

  • Rosh1 on February 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @ ALL INDIANS. Please do not over react. Kumar has not mentioned anything about the Indian vulnerability. It is only that he has mentioned that SL performs better againist India outside India (that includes in SL as well). That is the actual case. The SL win/Loss ratio is better than that played in India. The press has made a statement just to hype the scenario knowing that the Indian press will go to town about it. Just chill people and read between the lines.

  • sysplex on February 14, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Sangakara should stop making such comments, especially after having dropped a lollypop from Aswin just some time ago now, look to first improve his keeping and, of course, get some decent runs to his name. He's commented about Indian grounds and the strength in Indians in India, i just can't understand how different grounds could be in Srilanka and hope he'd also remember India have defeated Srilanka convincingly, in Srilanka. Overall, it's good for him to perform first and stop talking and pickup qualities from Mahela Jayawardene, whom I regard, as one of the best captains I've seen and some excellent character to appreciate. He always gives more than 100%, captain or no captain. Sangakara, you've got the best person to learn from, right beside you.

  • on February 14, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Sanga said absolutely correct thing,when we consider about South Asian top 3 teams Pakistan,India,Sri Lanka, India can be ranked at no 3 when they are Playing at outside the sub continent. Indian Bowling line up is so bad than other 2 teams is the reason for that.Sri Lankan batting line up is comparably poor than india.But as a Whole Team India is lower than Sri lanka & pakistan at the Outside of SC.that`s the true i think.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    A tie with lankans is like defeat to us!!!!! And why was a 5 ball over bowled.

  • rohanbala on February 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara should first stop talking and start making useful contributions to the team and help his team win. It would not be a miracle if SL makes it to the finals particularly with its team packed with tail-enders who cannot contribute much to the team's cause.

  • Lord.emsworth on February 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I have a soft spot for SL cricket but boy isnt this the Pot calling the Kettle black? You should have said India AND Sri lanka are vulnerable abroad.....Would have gone better...

  • cricpassions on February 14, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I agree with deepu111 comments on decline in excellence of Sri Lankan cricket, being a lover of Sri Lankan cricket I feel sorry for Lanka cricket. We have no doubts in skills of Sangakara, Mahela and Dilshan but to be on top of your game you have to experiment some young people as well. I like Danish Chandimal and Mathews they are great prospect,. About Sachin I would have been happy had he retired after 2011 world cup success. It would have earned him more respect giving way to youngster not sticking till last like Santh Jayasuriya did.

  • on February 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Both losers!!! Beat Aussies then talk,anways Lankans are far better than Indians. They are so lucky to win the world cup at home. Rank , play more matches at home u will remain 1 for ever.

  • exynos on February 14, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Go home Srilanka.LOL They can't even win a single match.

  • cool2cool on February 14, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @NFriend: : Very true. Similarly someone should teach Maths to Sri Lanka, who are still on 0 (test wins in India against India) and don't know how to get to 1.

  • exynos on February 14, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @jonathonjosheps Srilanka is an ordinary team.Accept it.

  • ravi-1967 on February 14, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Looks like Sanga has got a serious memory loss problem. People can play mind games but they also should remember to speak the fact and when playing mind games be sure that they are strong enough to demonstrate such claims on the field.

    This is the team that recently got bowled out for 40+ score in an ODI in South Africa.

  • Bruisers on February 14, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @Australian0007- Oh oh LOL. The way you spelt Tendulkar as 'THENDULKAR' clearly suggests you are a Sri Lankan. And you say Tendulkar is not popular in other parts of the world. Wow maybe you haven't watched cricket for 22 years now.. He gets a standing ovation from fans all around the world each time he comes on to bat especially in 'your' country Australia...

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Sanga is becoming a funny fella! LOL

  • 30-30-150 on February 14, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket is dying.. When was the last time we saw Sri Lanka win U-19 WC..?? NEVER! Every time you see Sri Lanka play these days, they will have almost the same playing XI in all formats. And talks of who after Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan are already happening but the Lankan selectors seem to be stuck on those old horses without giving chance to youngsters.. . In 5 years from now, SL will be in the bottom of rankings in all formats for sure..

  • Sports4Youth on February 14, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Tendulkar falters yet again. dismissed for 15 (24). I tell you that will he get his 100th 100, nor will he ever retire. Infact i think if he does not get the 100 then even his spirit may refuse to leave this world when the time comes and just keep wandering aimlessly. Now tihs ton has become the biggest thing for him. Age is not helping in the pressure mounted by the delay in the landmark. Also the fact that they are playing overseas in foreign conditions also adds to the pressure and makes it difficult.

  • on February 14, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Every match is different - Different players,different Ground, New Day, Different situation, Different atmosphere so can't predict. H I S T O R Y N O T H E L P T O N E W M A T C H

  • anver777 on February 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    SL team needs to bounce back fast & start wining matches before its too late...... Mahela & Sanga are the big hopes for SL........ hope they will contribute big in the remaining matches !!!!! India is definitely beatable if SL gives their 100%

  • karthik_raja on February 14, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs.. I agree that Sanga has done well in his game and the lecture on "Cricket spirit".. He indeed deserves respect.. Bt, some of his recent comments abt India r not at all called for.. He questioned India's #1 Test rank.. Now, he says India vulnerable overseas.. U can check the results and find it urself that India is not as vulnerable as he says, esp in ODIs.. These r all mind games.. It wud b better if he cud take captaincy back and lead SL to winning ways instead of making these silly comments.. And fyi.. SRT has never and (I hope) will never talk such useless things.. Can u point at least a single incident where he made such loose talks abt opponents.. Its that quality which makes him a better personality than many other cricketers..

  • foooooooooooooooooo on February 14, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    COMEON INDIA

    LET THE INDIAN JUGGERNAUT ROLL

    YOU HAVE DONE WELL TO RESTRICT SRI LANKA TO 235

    JUST BAT WELL AND CRUSH THE LANKANS TO PIECES

  • exynos on February 14, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Srilanka can't beat any decent international team.This time even luck can't save them.

  • foooooooooooooooooo on February 14, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    COMEON INDIA

    LET THE INDIAN JUGGERNAUT ROLL

    YOU HAVE DONE WELL TO RESTRICT SRI LANKA TO 235

    JUST BAT WELL AND CRUSH THE LANKANS TO PIECES

  • Des_65 on February 14, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    What about 1999 & 2003 World Cup?

  • devalyagnik2003 on February 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    now again people will start talking like, indian fans are against this comment from sanga and all.. but the fact is proven itself in the column, read it properly! out side asia India dominate with 8-1 over srilanka! how can sanga even say that they play way better then india overseas!! thats just a stupid comment. this is not a big competition and india dominate Srilanka over seas out side asia with 8-1 accept the fact lankan fans

  • ashetty on February 14, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Great as Sangakkara is i wish he would bother to check facts before commenting. India lead Srilanka 4-1 in England, 3-1 in Australia and 1-0 in South Africa..8-2 overall. Remember we are after all playing in Australia at the moment so he should try to relevant comments not talk about victories on tracks in Asia which are vastly different from the ones you see in Australia or South Africa.

  • VinodGupte on February 14, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    sangakkara should worry about Sri Lanka's vulnerability at home. without muralidharan, they are losing matches even at home (SSC, Colombo).

  • philipsmgp on February 14, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Sangakara is trying to play mind games here just like australians.Sanga needs to inderstand vulnerable or not you can not win playing with your mouth.You need to get your basics right to win.And in the current situation lanka is no where near winning against india.Sangakaras talks shows the panic in the srilankan dressing room.

  • jason_wee on February 14, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I am asking all indians to read clearly what sanga said exactly. He said it is us to win against india in outside than in india. As a sri lankan, I am very much happy to see our performance outside the home country even after leaving our big guns after the world cup compared to India. All indians know about that, and their trying to make up thier minds putting these type of comments to our great hero Sanga.

  • Prema1948 on February 14, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What the selectors should have done is to go for other quality batters the similar class of M'hews,C'dimal & T'manne who have had maintained consistency since the age of15years that has 1stCla.Bat.Avs. around 45. At present both the 1st&2nd XI teams have been filled with too many unreliable batsmen. Our series lost to England 2XI team that toured the Country recently is a good example to estimate the selectors' ignorance.It is not that we lack talent but the selectors liking for reckless hitters. Another factor that dishearten the fans are the SLC inability arrange International matches for our juniors teams in contrast to all our neighbour Countries. . I would like to state that the local young Crickters have been imensly benefitted by the Indian 24- hour Cricket media channels rather than any other local medias that prefer rugby to Cricket

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - Tendulkar is a genuine and matured cricketer and he never talk all the non-senses like the kid 'Sanga......'

  • mmond4 on February 14, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : First, no disrespect to Sanga, am sure he meant to say that India is more beatable outside India than within. Anyone would agree with this, and as you point out, this is exactly the criticism that Indian fans have been heaping on the Indian team after the last two test series. But that's not what Sanga said, he actually said SL has done well against India outside India, which as the article points out, is simply not borne out by the stats.

    @Kumuditha Kanchana Udugama, No one hurting here, just stating that Sanga is simply wrong in this case.

  • satyat on February 14, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    I think the indian fans are not over-reacting to Sanga's comments per se. But, they are reacting to the comments made by *some* on this page. There's a lot of respect for Srilankan cricket and cricketers in India. What Sanga said is absoutely true and I don't think any indian would dispute that. What probably triggered some reaction is the misunderstanding that the comment was about "India's bad overseas record against Lanka". The people who understood is as "India's bad overseas record, in general" didn't respond negatively as every one knows that's the truth and that record needs to improve.

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    //I wonder if Tendulkar had said this about the Lankans, if there would be a similar reaction in the commentary section.// Sachin will never speak like that.That's why he is respected even more.

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Well,sanga rather than talking off teh pitch .prove it on the pitch.Please dont bring out the past ,if you see the recent past India constantly beating Srilaanka in one dayers.In World cup final India beat srilanka even losing Sachin and viru..So sri lanka only do talking and not much on the field lets wait and see

  • satish619chandar on February 14, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : Agree with ur view but still, if Matthews says such a thing, we can lust laugh off it.. Sanga with all his experience and as a man who delivered the spirit of cricket lecture should have been more diplomatic with his views here too.. SL doesn't have a record to boast of against India in neutral venues.. Except for the 2007 WC exit, they don't have much to boast of really.. India are vulnerable and so is every team in alien conditions..

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    I think sangakara should see the record books india record overseas is better than Sri lanka

  • crazycricketlover20-20 on February 14, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    They are one of the best teams in the world.But now, they are struggling little bit.If sanga or mahela can play a long innings and if mathews clicks, everything will favour srilanka.If srilanka wins , the competition must be thrilling.GOOD LUCK SANGA.

  • Precioustar84 on February 14, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I think some Indian fans have taken Sanga's message out of context. What I understood was that anything is possible against Team India anywhere, and lets face it, its pretty true. I'm a Team India fan myself (who also likes Sanga) so I have no problem admitting we are not the best overseas bunch but does not mean anyone else is any better. SL, Pak both have their issues, neither is dominating outside of their comfort zones, or ever has been. Its not true that India has small grounds so I think that was just a low blow. Yes, India lost 8 TESTs overseas but how can people compare that with ODIs? Two different formats with MOSTLY different set of players for India. Even in Eng, India came pretty close in the ODIs but it wasn't meant to be. Can't say anything about Aus ODIs currently. No team is dominating since Aussies vacated the spot. PAST stats cannot help you win matches TODAY for any team, and every team has its strengths & weaknesses so why are people even comparing it w/ history?

  • Ameega on February 14, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Agree with Jonethanjosephs! Most of the Indian fans were talking against their own team for last couple of months. Now, when someone else speaks, they get angry! Hope India win this series, then forget two whitewashes away, and be like #1 again, and finally make these millions of fans happy. LOL (PN: Indian fans started hating Sanga since he criticized ICC rankings about a couple of years ago. So nothing special here)

  • AnoMaLy on February 14, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    LOL @ Sanga & the SL team. Case of sour grapes me thinks. I'd be sore too if i lost the world cup and wasn't paid in like a year. No wonder they are frustrated and resorting to such mind games. They should maybe start winning for a change. Feel sorry for SL

  • AvidCricFan on February 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Sanga needs to look at his team's performance first. SL has pretty ordinary bowling strenght to bother Indian batsmen unlike the past. Some SL fans bragging about their performance in SA should remember that SL won only after the series was dead. Indian bowling is looking good with Yadav and Zaheer. If Irfan is brought in, India can field 3 allrounders and add batting depth all the way to number 9. India can also match in fielding now.

  • on February 14, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    typical Indians,we cant change their attitudes,they have a history of burning players houses when they losing,so no point in argue,

  • NFriend on February 14, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Come on Sanga!! We appreciate your Mind Strength..you are always a Hero!! @Avishek Sarkar: He has a Degree him self!!He don't need Indian Maths... no body can Equal his Class!! If you still want to Teach Maths go and Teach to SRT!! HOW TO GET 99 IN TO 100!! Srilankan Gave all pains..Some of them Pointed by this article!!

  • s_v_krishnan on February 14, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, We as indians totally agree that we are not at our outside our country but Do you think Srilanka plays well outside Srilanka is our point. SL after murali's retirement looks very pathetic...

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Somebody please give Sanga an award...I want to hear his speeches...cannot wait for him to talk the talk...kettle calling the pot black !!!your observation is spot on friend if you have got the countries mixed up

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Why are the majority of Indian fans taking Sanga's comments out of context? I am an Indian, too, and find nothing offensive or provocative about what Sanga is saying. The fact remains, SL's chances of beating India are much greater away from India than they are in India--after all, India are thoroughly dominant in home ODIs.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Lot of disrespect to a man who gave a spirit of cricket lecture and has scored 9000 runs in each form of the game, in test cricket with an average of over 57. This man is a legend of the game and he simply said India does not do well in overseas and Sri Lanka has a better chance facing them overseas than at home? Does anybody dare question that? India is horrid overseas and even though Sri Lanka has not been very good in the recent past, they have gotten India in big competitions before. To all the indian fans, take a chill pill, calm down, and enjoy your cricket. I wonder if Tendulkar had said this about the Lankans, if there would be a similar reaction in the commentary section. I doubt it, the Indian fans outnumber the rest of the cricket fans 10 times over

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Lot of disrespect to a man who gave a spirit of cricket lecture and has scored 9000 runs in each form of the game, in test cricket with an average of over 57. This man is a legend of the game and he simply said India does not do well in overseas and Sri Lanka has a better chance facing them overseas than at home? Does anybody dare question that? India is horrid overseas and even though Sri Lanka has not been very good in the recent past, they have gotten India in big competitions before. To all the indian fans, take a chill pill, calm down, and enjoy your cricket. I wonder if Tendulkar had said this about the Lankans, if there would be a similar reaction in the commentary section. I doubt it, the Indian fans outnumber the rest of the cricket fans 10 times over

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Lot of disrespect to a man who gave a spirit of cricket lecture and has scored 9000 runs in each form of the game, in test cricket with an average of over 57. This man is a legend of the game and he simply said India does not do well in overseas and Sri Lanka has a better chance facing them overseas than at home? Does anybody dare question that? India is horrid overseas and even though Sri Lanka has not been very good in the recent past, they have gotten India in big competitions before. To all the indian fans, take a chill pill, calm down, and enjoy your cricket. I wonder if Tendulkar had said this about the Lankans, if there would be a similar reaction in the commentary section. I doubt it, the Indian fans outnumber the rest of the cricket fans 10 times over

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Why are the Indian fans so upset about this? Is it because a country of 20 million people with a horrible economy can stand up to a booming country of 1,200 million people?

  • johnathonjosephs on February 14, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    I find it funny that for the last few months, Indian fans have been lamenting their Indian team and saying THE EXACT SAME THING. When Sangakkara says something (foreigner), the Indians get very mad, even though they have been saying the same thing for last 6 months. Indian fans stop being so arrogant and hypocritical

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    i love sanga.he is greatest batsman in the world

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Well said Sharminda Perera. Just compare the population of 2 countries. SL does not get whitewashed that often.

  • ausfor4 on February 14, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    "India are vulnerable overseas"? Every team, in every sport ever played, are far more likely to lose when playing away. It's just that simple.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 14, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @Johnathonjosephs: Dude isn't that the same with every other country ? tell me something new. English fans defended their country's recent whitewash against Pakistan in the test series without much thought to their team's obvious weakness to playing spin bowling. Sri Lankan fans in their droves defended their team's loss against SA. Pakistani fans to my good knowledge do the same thing and so do the Aussies. I can even name some people if you want who come to this blog and bad mouth Indians and India every single time. If Indians criticize their team.. that's OK cause it's our team. What we don't need is bad mouthing and putting down a nation simply cause it's the world's richest and biggest cricket playing nation. What Mr. Sanga has done here is saying something that's not just the problem of Indian team BUT also a problem with his own team - winning overseas consistently.

  • on February 14, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    I believe Sanga is one of the worst guy in modern cricket. Talking like a 'genius' all the time.... but not playing the game with true sportsmanship.. Go Sanga .. Go ... improve your attitude first and comment on others....

  • Alexk400 on February 14, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Srilanka might win this one.

  • on February 14, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    It is typical Sanga at his best ! All talk no action.. I remember the time when he was the captain, he also made these big statements like we will beat India in India etc.. But never menaged to win anything significant.

  • mjee on February 14, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Hmmm...lots of Indian fans commentating. Strangely similar to the commentary before the Indian tour of Australia begun. What happened after that was a disaster - maybe that is what the Mayan's were predicting! for 2012!!! - winning two games does not reverse the shocking display to date. Why are the Indian fans worried about Sri Lanka's problems - just focus on getting their own backyard in order.

  • on February 13, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Sanga and SL please beat this ageing and overated Indian team. Show them what you guys are made of. So we can live in peace and harmony. Happy Valentines day.

  • on February 13, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    I think Sangakara needs training in Class 3 Maths .... 8-1 in favor of India means India has DOMINATED Sri Lanka.....8 > 1 ..... Sanga....go back to school :P

  • on February 13, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    The problem with the Sri Lankans is that they tend to focus more on opposition's weakness rather than their strength. They always like playing mind games. In my opinion they lost the 2011 CWC finals bcoz of the very same reason. They have a very good talented team but guys please start concentrating on ur own strengths and team. Stop worrying abt other teams or the ICC rankings (who cares if it is accurate or not, just play and win matches guys)-------- Cricket lover

  • NaniIndCri on February 13, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    @trickec which article are u reading?? stats in this article clearly state India's dominance over SL. One more sleepy dude like Sanga.

  • NaniIndCri on February 13, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Can someone wake him up please????

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Sanga is correct. India are defenetly vulnerable in overseas. Indian team has good batting line up. but their bowling & fielding not so good. Srilanka can beat any team at any conditions in the world. Look what happen to SA in last two games. Now we havent murali & Jayasurya. Thats the major problem. But defenetly we can beat indai from this team. Let us see what will happen tommorow......

  • adarsh2803 on February 13, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Sid your selection criteria in stats guru is wrong. You missed out one of the most imp matches outside Asia where India was humbled by SL - WC 2007. The scoreline should read 8-2

  • johnathonjosephs on February 13, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Indian fans are hilarious. Only they are allowed to talk about India doing bad overseas, but when somebody else from another country does the same, they get angry

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Bangadesh can win over India no big deal so why all the fuss

  • TheTrueSport on February 13, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    The Indian team that played SL in the world cup is almost completely different. Munaf, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Sreesanth and Chawla all played in that final. Yusuf and Nehra were also part of the team. None of these players are up for consideration for any format for the national side, which is crazy.

  • arun25 on February 13, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    I think not only the srilankan team but even the srilankan fans desperately want to see a Srilankan win... there were alot of funny and hypothetical comments posted here like thinking of the good old days when Srilanka had Jayasurya,murali etc etc.. The writer has blown it out of proportion.. There was a comparison with the population of India and Srilanka.. blah blah blah... Hope Sanga listens to these messed up fans and bring up a win in tomo match...

  • MH19 on February 13, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Too much talking less action that is why SL cricket is in this position and have got the priorities totally mixed up especially the players. If I was the selector on tour would have dropped Malinga and Upul Tharanga as they bot have not prooved anything so far in two matches. They should bring in Mahroof,Welagedera and Thisara Perera and also Prasad should get the axe.However he did well in the last game.

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Monga, stop making sensational headlines out of nothing,. sanga merely says that they have a better chance against india playing away than at home

  • trickec on February 13, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    May all the Indians settle down and leave the stats to the cricinfo team...they're the only ones that are getting them right! Seems that Indians have selective memories, and only remember their wins and not their losses.

    The headline here sadly is not the whole story. Sangakkara is a true gentleman, do not forget that. India are vulnerable overseas, fact. The only place they are not vulnerable is in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and India. For all stat-loving Indians, please refer to Rajesh's article on sub-continental sides in ENG/AUS/SA where he uses beloved stats to show that SL are on top.

    And in case any Indian hasn't mentioned it already...stuck on 99 hundreds..there I said it!

    Ayubowan, trickec x

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    I think Sanga meant they did worse in Indiia but in neutral venues they did better... (bad) !!!

  • SnowSnake on February 13, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    History does not mean much. When last world cup was played, historians said a world cup win for host nation never happens. When last ODI of CB series was played, historians said India never won a ODI against Australia in Adelaide. It is better to focus on the game rather than reading game's history.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    i guess for someone living in a house of glass....shouldnt throw stones at others :P...as simple as that.....wash ur own vessels Sanga....before pointing at other's dirty vessels

  • 30-30-150 on February 13, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @Kays789 - India took two months to beat Aus on this tour.. Agreed. Let's also see whether SRI LANKA will be able to beat either of the teams in the tri-series atleast ONCE... They will get 4 chances against each of the two teams in which they have already wasted 2. NO THEY CAN'T WIN A GAME ON THIS SERIES. They need great luck or one-man-heroics or a second-string opposition lineup to achieve this impossible mission..

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Its worth looking into sangas comments especially the lower order batting.Samarawera is the most suitable.these are perfect comments Selva

  • thinktank1 on February 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Results speak more than words.. Let the series finish :)

  • Adeel9 on February 13, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Vulnerable outside home? Hello Mr Sanga, does SA ring any bell?

  • Bruisers on February 13, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @Anand Mishra - Exactly! Lets see tomorrow's match and then comment on this.

  • KelvinLTR on February 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @arun: Sachin, VVS and Dravid are reported to be counting their fingers till the day STJ comes out of retirement.

  • spiritwithin on February 13, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    india maybe struggling in tests series but the CB series is an ODI format and since WC india lost just one series (3-0 in eng),so dont give ur logic that india is struggling in ODI based on testrecord..lok at SL,they r unable to win even at home,lol lost 2-3 to aus at home,lost 2-3 in eng,lost 1-4 in UAE,lost 2-3 in SA(when SA were resting few players after securing the series by winning first 3matches)...add to that they also lost in the WC final to india,before that lost asia cup at home,now in the CB series lost all matches...Sanga surely has big mouth

  • spiritwithin on February 13, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    @South_Indian..away from subcontinent in a far different condition of SA,Aus & Eng india is leading 10-2,now that shows how vulnerable SL r,u conviniently forgot many matches in between where SL were thrashed by india...21-13 overall in neutral venues will tell u who did better away from home against each other..yes india lost in the first round in 2007WC and lost in 1996 to SL but ur SL team were then taken apart in the next two WC in 1999 & 2003,apart from the WC final in mumbai...ur SL team lost 5 and won just one in aus,lost 4 and won just one in eng,lost one off game in SA...at present india is losing in eng & aus which makes eng & Aus better but that does'nt make SL better than india..lol ur team lost the first game against india itself and u have the guts to write here..very funny

  • S.Jagernath on February 13, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara needs to stop allowing his imagination to run wild,he needs to look at history very carefully.He needs to remember how Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid destroyed them in 1999.With a record of 8-1 it amazing how Sangakkar would even bring this up.The current Indian team does wilt easily though,with the exception of Zaheer Khan,Virat Kohli & Sachin Tendulkar as well.Its a shame Sri Lanka are not going to get a taste of Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    Indians! plz Don't be so Naive! Sangakkara said something which is true, which is Srilanka has better chance defeating India in a neutral venue. The writer from your country has put that out of context and blown out of propotion !!!!!

  • Sterns09 on February 13, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Sangakkara, you have forgotten last CB series in 2008. A player of your status doesn't look good playing mind games. Sri Lanka is also vulnerable overseas as is India or Australia or any other team. SL is a good team but you have to beat India and Australia to ensure that you are world cup runners up now. When did you last time beaten India in Australia ? Making such a generic comment on any team , considering that teams may change over the period of time is a sign of arrogant player.

  • ArunaLiyanage715126137 on February 13, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Cricket is a cricket...we want special from u.. i think our team work hard.. but no luck.. skills are relay good.. we want to look no 6 and no 8 batting line up. i think chamara kapugedara has a real telnet. he is a good young player.. sanga coming as a youngster first 50-60 games he average is somthing like 25 around..now sanga is a world class batsman....we all know that..lahiru is a good player.. but he is not a no 6,7,8, player..still we have verry good team on you hand MJ... u can do it.. god bless you.. we are with you.. (Sri lankan cricket lovers) cheeersssss

  • ddlj26 on February 13, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I have to admit India is vulnerable overseas in tests especially and against the moving ball in ODI's.... that however doesnt take away the fact that SL are equally vulnerable too... when was the last time SL won a tournament or a test outside the subcontinent... all SL fans have to keep that in perspective before making claims.... But yes both these teams have their problems against the moving ball and like to play more on pitches that favor batsmen and are slow and low bounce..... So sangakarra has to himself look into the mirror and see the pitfalls in his own team, I would have said the same if an Indian batsman made a similar statement... because sometimes we have to be brave enough to admit our own mistakes

  • arun25 on February 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @South_Indian- Is jayasurya playing in the next match.. I think Srilanka is more messed up than India.. Its not the 5 or 7 yr back record thats going to help.. see their record in the past 5 or 7 months in ODI.. Probably you have to call Jayasurya back from retierment to lift them up.. God save Srilanka!!!

  • 57Unicorn on February 13, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    LOST TO AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND, SOUTH AFRICA, PAKISTAN... THIS IS SRI LANKA'S PERFORMANCE FOR 2011. LOST TO INDIA AND AUSTRALIA IN 2012.

  • Sageleaf on February 13, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    The loss against Australia was because of the 45the over bowled by Angelo Mathews. If you have the tapes watch the entire over look how complacent Sri Lankans were..Malinga letting a four cause he did not want to bend down or through himself to stop the ball. Australia were 192 for 8 in the 41st over. Why didn't Malinga bowl the next over and finish off the tail? I feel Malinga does not bowl to his potential when playing for Sri Lanka. If you think I'm wrong watch how he bowls for Mumbai Indians. Sri Lankans are good at letting teams come back by letting s situation slip away. As I always say the team wants the most will be victorious. I wish we had a better bowling side. Please get Welagedara and Herath on the side and stop complaining and making comments just play with confidence, I still feel we can do it. Nothing is impossible for Sri Lankans!

  • Kays789 on February 13, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    now lets see.. who got beat 4-0 twice in a row in tests and took almost two months to beat australia for the first time on this tour? who performed impressively less than a week after landing in australia and almost beat them in the 2nd ODI itself? its hilarious to see how agitated these indian fans become when someone points out just how vulnerable their 'superstars' are outside of their comfort zone. SL has performed far more respectfully in england and south africa and now in australia in this short span of time compared to india. thats a fact. sanga was merely pointing that out.

  • bluebillion on February 13, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    @ Mayan - erm no mate SL didnt make it to the 2003 WC final in South Africa. It was Aus v Ind. As a matter of fact, SL lost to India by 180 odd runs in 2003 and 160 odd runs in 2003. 2007 was obviously an aberration courtsey Mr. Greg Chappel. 2011 we all remember. So there it is. Even in the last CB series in 2008 (which India won), India won 2 games against SL who won 1.

    While I am not saying that India are better than SL overseas, they are certainly not worse off. Remind me when SL have last won a test series in England or drawn one in SA and Aus I beg thee.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    the pot just can't help it, can it?? it has to keep calling the kettle black..... :)

  • South_Indian on February 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Who said last 2008 CB series Ind beat SL 4-0 or 3-0?? The Brisbane match was called off due to rain. SL won the match against Ind in Canberra in which the "express" pace bowler from India, Sreesanth was humbled by Jayasuriya, who clobbered him for sixes. India has always been the poor team in subcontinent (in ODIs). Until the 2003 WC, just go thru the stats in Cricinfo, India has suffered humiliating defeats to Pakistan except in the world cups. SL has enjoyed success too. Jayasuriya took the world by storm in the 96 WC and Manoj Prabhakar retired unable to bowl any further after conceding 33 runs off 2 overs. Tendulkar in his first match as captain scored a boring 100 in Colombo (in 1997), Jayasuriya in return scored a 100 which included plenty of fireworks and Ind lost the game very badly. Just ask Saeed Anwar and Jayasuriya how much they loved Ind bowling! In 2007 WC even Ireland managed to go past 1st round, but Bangladesh beat Ind to send them home after 1st round :)

  • StatisticsRocks on February 13, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    As an Indian I have always admired Kumar Sangakkara as he is truly a gentleman like India's Rahul Dravid and also a great ambassador of Sri Lankan Cricket. I do not see anything wrong in what he said. Look at our recored for the last 8 test matches, it is 0-8 so my fellow Indians stop bashing Sangakkara as he just stated the obvious. Dont fiorget his post match interview after the WC finals. He was so respectful of the Indian batting strength while Dhoni did not even acknowledge the oppnnents. I am huge fan of KS both for his on and off the field qualities. I hope to see a good game.

  • siddharth89 on February 13, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    I think sangakkara needs to focus on his batting and help his team to find ways to win rather than giving unnecessary comments which will turn against him.Indian team is the most dangerous side in the world and can beat any team at any given place and conditions if they play to atleast 70 percent to their potential.Srilankans doenst even stand a chance before India.This time around it is going to be deja vu with india beating srilanka 4-0 without a doubt.

  • sathish008 on February 13, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sanga, I agree you are a legend. But these comments are unneccessary when you are still quenching for first win of the tri-series. Check out your performance against India outside Asia, you will know who is vulnerable!!!

  • Romenevans on February 13, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    ....and Sri Lanka is "H.O.P.E.L.E.S.S" Overseas.

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    there should be no arguments ....... i mn pls don`t forget that SRILANKA is just a small little dot compare to INDIA ...... or to other test playing nations.. but stl ve srilankans have went to be at the highest point in cricket that any other team can be at ......you know what ya i agree...... in names ..... we are not strong as indians these days... but stl we never got white washed a series as indiAns ... you know why ??????? because we never give up that easily ... srilankans fight til the last man ...you might have seen it in the last mach and hopefully you might see it tomorrow as well indians should be ashamed of every single lost against srilanka because they got there ass kicked by a country witch have a maximam population only to fill a small indian city ............ PROUD OF LIONS .... ( and also we do not burn our cricketers houses when they got defeated LOL)

  • kanikandy on February 13, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    dont go gar away just see the records of last 5 years at neutral venues.Its 50:50.

    what happened to indain in england they lost 5 nil in odi & 1 nil in t20 & also lost to aus 1 nil in t20.lost england 3-0 in test in england & 4 nil aginst australia.

    but sl beat AUs in bot odi & t20 in australia last tour & beat england 2-0 in t20 & lost 2-3 against england in england & lost to sa 2-3 in sa.But sl scored more than 300 runs to win twice against sa.lost 1 nil against england & lost 1-2 aginst sa. so recent records clearly shows that sl is the better team in fsat tracks. india won last match aginst aus because of sri lankans.Sri lankans showed that australia is not a dificult side to beat by lossing just 5 runs.that boost the indian confidence.

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @bruisers, Sri Lanka lost the 2nd and 3rd ODIs narrowly! Sri Lanka won well in South Africa without any problem. You simply cant admit Sri Lanka winning at all. Sri Lanka can win against any team. Your India is a coward for not accepting UDRS so that umpiring howlers will save the India's so called imaginary batting greats! Pakistanis respect Sri Lanka a lot unllike Indians and thats why we LANKANS LOVE PAKISTAN SO MUCH!

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @deepu111, what is your Indian team?? Losing 4-0 in England and Australia! Now afraid to play Pakistan in a bilateral series because of fear for Ajmal, Hafeez and Rehman! Indian batting is all over rated! India nicely fixed the world cup semi finals as shown by how Tendulkar was given not out for a plumb LBW! Sri Lanka can be number 1 and that is why we won the 1996 world cup.

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    HAHAhAHA what a joke Sanga! Ddin't we recently just proved you wrong Sanga? If we have to we will do it again. :)

  • jammuthejatt on February 13, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    We have been man handling you since last year and you check your record against India in CB series? You haven't even won a game in CB series yet and talking trash you got a long way to go buddy.Is WC loss is still bothering you Sanga? Just get over it man!

  • Sobat on February 13, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Its so sad to see whats hapaning in sri lanken cricket... and we all know it will never end till all the idiots leave this game administration. This is a sport ... not a Election....Just wish somebody have the shame to except it...

  • jasonpete on February 13, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    I don't support both srilanka and India,but looking at the comments below,I got this Rajesh stats from cricinfo. Check this out. rajeshstats Ind v SL ODI record in Pak, UAE, B'desh and WI since 1999: SL lead 8-2 bit.ly/y1P0HH and the next one is. rajeshstats Ind v SL ODI record in Aus, Eng, SA and NZ since 1999: India lead 8-1 bit.ly/xkKacj SL's only win was in a D/L game. So by checking this facts India did better in aus,SA ,ENG compared to srilanka and srilanka did better in similar subcontinent conditions UAE pitches.hope this clears the fans here.

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Tomorrow We Will See Which Is Better Side Plz Hold Your Words For Tommorrow Folks

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    They lost against India and Aussies in the last matches. Hello Mr. Sangakkara first check your team's vulnerability before looking after India's

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Sanga seems to have caught the Australian virus -- "Mind Game Tactics". That wouldn't work. Just focus on your game, and on what you and your mates do on the ground-- you will have a better chance. Especially with guys like Angelo's all-round capabilities. If Malinga also gets his usual rhythm (it was missing in the last two matches), you have a decent chance, especially if Gauti keeps on "poking", Dhoni keeps on"pushing" and Viru continues to do "his own things" unmindful of the team's needs or the game's situation. Just shut your mouth and play your good game. You are one of the better batsmen in the world, aren't you?

  • KelvinLTR on February 13, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    its so fun to see how the Indians reacted to the article... some are even saying SL will be beaten by Kenya. :D and yes we saw India playing two superb test series and watching them, we felt we are not that bad

  • wildnaphtha on February 13, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    The jury is not out on whether Sangkkara cheated at toss in the WC final. The same guy got a no-ball bowled when Shewag was on 99 and refused a runner foran opponent batsman. He doesnt come aross as a gentleman.Aravind Desilva and Jaysurya were in a different class.

  • indianzen on February 13, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    SL should find a captain first up or else there would be 11team players playing with all ex-captains... talk on the ground with talents and not in the press...

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Guys don't waste ur time on arguing this issue.Just look at these statistic's. That may be true in neutral venues in Asia, where Sri Lanka have a 7-2 win-loss record against India since 1999 (in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sharjah), but outside Asia India have thoroughly dominated: they hold an 8-1 advantage in that period, with their only defeat coming in a rain-reduced game in Canberra in 2008. When I was growing up I saw many matches SL dominated against India in 90's.Then came 2000's India dominated SL except few important games like WC-2007 & T20-2010.Thats all.Obviously SL had great bunch of guys & they played with pride and now also SL have great bunch of talented guys but pride is impossible to be found(exceptions are Dilshan,Mathews & Malinga).SL lost their hungry for winning visibly IPL the big reason.Players got enough wealth to deal(Malinga).So they stopped doing the hard work & choosed easy way to make money.Come back SL.

  • anurakad on February 13, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Don't forget India has selected 11 out of 1100 Million, where Sri Lanka has 11 out of 21 Million. You can imagine what would be the results if India to select 11 from 21 Million. Will India still play Test Cricket , ODI or T20?

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    @apoorv pandey, India is a laughing stock from the sub continent! They are mere flat track bullies! India is afraid of playing Pakistan at the moment. If India plays Pakistan in a test series, the result is 3-0 Pakistan and all 3 by innings! Indian batsmen wont stand any chance against Hafeez, Rehman and Ajmal. You clowns said Sri Lanka cant win in South Africa, but we won a test match and take that!

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Bruisers, dont forget that Sri Lankan grounds have longer boundaries than Indian ones! Never has any commentator labelled our grounds as short boundaries. Look at Hambantota, Dambulla, Premadasa and Galle! All have very very long boundaries unlike the woefully short Bengaluru, Kolkota, Rajkot, Baroda, Delhi, etc

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Good to see Sanga playing mind games with the Indians. Look at these comments, its a pity how much you can hurt these Indian fans with a few words, so sensitive and emotional. Well done Sanga, you are using the Indian's soft spot well.

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    sanga and mahela...always score against zim and bangla..they get these teams and scores double hundreds.in there country they are loins and outside they are rabbits...same on u...sri lanka....they havent draw any series in australia...

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Sri lankan cricket team has lots of political pressure and pressure from bankrupted board. that is sri lanka's biggest prob than the middle order. we need to address those problems without acting these prob doesnt exsist. Once we address these issues, we can be a better team

  • abhyudayj on February 13, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @lananad- the srilanla lost consecutive world cup finals in 2007 and 2011,they have quality to become no 2 side and india have quality to stay no 1 at any time

  • RohanMarkJay on February 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Yes Sangakkara you are absolutely right as usual. Sri lanka is way better than India. Sri Lankan cricket fans are way better than Indian cricket fans too. Go Sri lanka! You Rock!!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @satanswish comment" Srilanka's performance in 1992, 1999 & 2003 world cups says it all. When WC is on flat decks of subcontinent or Carribean, they reach final easily." ............. mate, didnt they made it to semi final in South africa in 2003, didnt they made it to finals in 2009 in england? whr india got hammered by poor teams like west indies and england, and more recently Sl got beaten only 1-0 in engalnd whr india got hammered 8-0, LMAO

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    dont agree with the sidharth

  • abhyudayj on February 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @Nandika Tennakoon- now srilanka at home too,recently australia beat at home in both tets and odi series,without murlitharan the srilanka a ordinary side even scotland and kenya can beat them.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    won 13 ...lost 21 and you say that as good record against india away from india .... lol ... sanga ....there is a saying ..... one who lives in glass house should not throw stones at others

  • 30-30-150 on February 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @lananad - Talk about 1999 WC- INDIA 373/6, SRI LANKA 216 ALL OUT. India won by 157 runs.. Talk about 2003 WC- INDIA 292/6, SRI LANKA 109 ALL OUT. India won by 183 runs.. And then 2011 final.. LOL Sri Lanka fans need to look at facts and figures before posting comments about INDIA.

  • 30-30-150 on February 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @ lananad - Wow, why are you going back to 1996 and 2000? maybe you just forgot SL 43 all out just few weeks back. and talking of batting in ENGLAND, maybe someone needs to remind the pathetic 82 all out in Cardiff. Shameful batting performance.. And you guys are true LIONS at home. You prepare a such a track in Galle last year against Australia that, it backfired on your own team. LOL. Sri Lanka is an ordinary side on every type of pitch.

  • gestapo on February 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    sanga is a big mouth,,often targets the indians and falls flat,,even in the last CB series,india beat SL 4-0

  • Bruisers on February 13, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @Asintha - Hahaha atleast we don't rely on two batsmen to carry us on their shoulders for decades. Yeah I'm talking about Lankan dependency on Mahela and Sanga in batting. Also take a look at your bowling. Who is your best bowler apart from Malinga? And then you are talking about overseas performances. LOL. Maybe you are saying that because your team has WON ITS FIRST TEST on South African soil recently. SL 2-3 to SA in ODI series only after SA wrapped up the series comprehensively 3-0 and started trying out their bench strength. Maybe YOU are still living in 1996. LOL

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I think these pre match talks are not going to do us any good. Firstly it was Mahela and now it is Sanga who comes out talking before the match. At least Sanga is scoring runs but Mahela is simply talking only. Just a remark about continued omission of Thilan. There is no point in looking 3 years ahead to next World Cup. No one knows who will be around and fit to play by that time. If that argument is applied Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan all should not be playing as they are also of the same age as Thilan. Look at how Pakistan is prospering under Misbah. Misbah considering his age may not be around by the next world cup. But by the time he quits he would have built up a very strong Pakstan line up in all formats. Thilan should be leading in all formats except in carnival T20 stuff. If he can be around by 2015 World Cup it is well and good. If not Angelo could take over. Even when Thilan is captaining the side Angelo can lead in on and off games to gain experience.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    And then we think.. Why fans from both the countries hate each other.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    India can trust pakistan but not the lankans, they are not lions, they are conniving hyeanas:-)

  • satanswish on February 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Srilanka's performance in 1992, 1999 & 2003 world cups says it all. When WC is on flat decks of subcontinent or Carribean, they reach final easily.

  • Empty-Sequence on February 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Its funny!!! One mediocre side degrading the other.

  • lananad on February 13, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Mr Harmony111 ,How about India getting trashed twice in the 96 WC,India all in 53 in UAE in 2000, got knocked out of the 2007 WC, Got kicked out by SL in 2010 T20 Cup..what about those..you guys just lost 8 test matches out side badly. SHAME ON INDIA.....

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    these indians always saying they are the best but they lost 4-0 twice in green fast wickets.they only can play ODI cricket not TEST cricket ha ha ha ha ha............... but sri lankans are better than indians they dont like to beleive it.australians are champs thats true.but look at indians statictics in overseas conditions worse than sri lankan why these indian cant accept it.

  • maddy20 on February 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    A really funny statement by Sangakkara especially at a time when his team has won nothing other than dead rubbers overseas! Keep dreaming boy!

  • lananad on February 13, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    I still beleive SL can come good in this tourney.They have a good captain,bowling is good and fielding is the best out of 3 teams. They just need bat well. Once Sanga and Mahela starts scoring everything will fall in to place.

  • Noboundary on February 13, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    In the last match SL seemed to have an edge in both bowling and fielding. But their batting is a real problem. They batted too slowly and were never able to consolidate. Actually all the three teams have problems with their batting...in the case of Australia their good bowling and Clarke's great form more than compensates for it. Today's match should be an interesting one.

  • Asintha on February 13, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @niru_cric Copy Past From Other Article Very Clever Bro. But I must tell you some thing that all are history at present India loat All test matches in subcontinent 4-0 to England & 4-0 to Australia In ODI 5-0 to England In Australia still to come wait and see last match won because of australia bad fielding other wise result will be total up and down. Sri Lanka 1-0 to England 1-2 To South Africa In ODI 2-3 to South Africa. I think you are still living in 1970's

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    According to me India still looks best team among the three teams in fray. Whatever Sangakkara is saying, can be treated as his personal opinion. A regular viewer of cricket knows everything and you can not influence their views. In the ongoing series if SriLanka can beat India once also, it will be achievement for them. If they have to qualify for finals they can beat Australia only and not India. Irrespective of venues India can beat Srilanka 9 out of 10 times.

  • Harmony111 on February 13, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    And btw, India defeated SL in th eleague matches of the last CB Series too in 2008. I wonder why Sanga didn't have that in mind while making that ridiculous statement. Sanga is one man who seems to have some chip on his shoulder against India much like Tony Greig.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @KARMATBIG . YOU FOOL , ALL INDIAN GROUNDS ARE NOT SMALL CHECK OUT OUR NAGPUR GROUND, SMS , JAIPUR GROUND, WHICH BOUNDRIES ARE 78 METRE . WHICH IS NOT SMALL . ALSO SOUTH AFRICA & NEW ZEALAND HAVE GROUND SMALLER THAN INDIA .

  • abhi026 on February 13, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    sanga don't frustrate and dont be envy of india's victory over sl in wc final.

  • Harmony111 on February 13, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft:

    This "WE" that you generously use to cover all the Indians may be true for you individually but not for the rest of us. I am very ashamed to read that you also included "our dishonesty" in that list as if all the Indians are pathaologically dishonest or not capable of fighting. All this may be true for you but not for the rest of us. I pity your puny mind who feels overawed in this world. You need to go for a statis.

  • Bruisers on February 13, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    LOL Sanga, you are gonna make yourself look funny after your 'better' side loses embarrassingly tomorrow. And also note the fact that Lankan grounds are no bigger than Indian ones..

  • liontheway on February 13, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Kumar, you are on the right track. I do not worry about those people, and we never worry about them at all. We have done with them for several times. Just show our real Sri Lankan spirit. Play your determined game.

  • jerryman on February 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    mahela shud open.. drop tharanga ... bring in thirimanne and have maharoof play with malinga/kulasekera and 1 spinner maybe herath or senanayake... middle order needs to be stranthened and fielding must be of higher calibre...

  • 123jack on February 13, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    wow karmatbug----what are u? 8 year old? u just knew that after reading this? whichever hole u came out from, just go back in there, the world is a lot calmer without ignorant clowns like u trying to nag about everything possible out there.

    as for srilanka's revolting ex-capitano, he's just desperate. india is the closest thing in sight at this moment for him, so trying to draw some comfort in whichever way possible. being a lesser team, a win against india for them is a lot more news to brag about than the other way round. no wonder u get spanked in every crucial game. as for the haters, there are the stats if u can read and count....as for this series, long as we beat australia in the remaining games dont care how much more sri lanka can make it up to india in the stats hahahahaha

  • sweetspot on February 13, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    To me it shows his focus is on India, not on his own team. India play their own game under MSD, no matter what situation. They only play by their standards, and try to improve, not by focusing on which bowler gets cramps on Wednesdays so he can be hammered or which batsman has poor eyesight at 7:29PM.

  • SasiGladi on February 13, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Lankanforever@ Sanga cannot hold the name as gentleman because in front of entire world he forged the WC final toss and if he is a great player he should respect other great but by the way he behaved to avoid Shewag century shows he has 0% sportmen spirit......no doubt he is the only potential competitor who can disturb the tally of highest test run getters but he cannot disturb the tally sportment spirt ask him learn from Dhoni(he reacalled Bell in England)....

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    the article is totally mis-titled! where does he says India is vulnarable overseas? He just says they have a better chance of beating India overseas than in India..there is nothing wrong with that. I am sure , he was asked the question about our chances against India..what else can he say?

  • abhi026 on February 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Sanga you r just a cheater.Don't you remember WC Final Toss.Just SHUT UP! and try to contribute on the field.We'll see you in adelaide.

  • pak_winner on February 13, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Here are some stats from Cricinfo for Sanga to open his eyes wide and look..... "Sri Lanka and India have played each other 130 times so far with 115 of the games being played in Asia. India hold a 60-46 record in matches in the subcontinent and a 9-4 record in ODIs outside the subcontinent. India beat Sri Lanka in three of the four matches played in the tri-series in Australia in 2008. India definitely hold the edge when it comes to the record of the two teams in Adelaide. While India have won seven and lost five at the venue, Sri Lanka's record is a poor 3-12, the worst among all teams except Zimbabwe."

    oh poor Sanga i feel for him, he is so upset about his teams Brilliance performance recently and lost his mind...... :(

  • Herath-UK on February 13, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Sanga should play a long innings in this game which is most important for the Lankan's survival in the competition.Lanka's near win against the Aussies in Perth took the sting out of them giving India to go for the win.Hope Mahela finds some form and probably should bat below the inform Mathews. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • KarmatBaig on February 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Something to think about Indian grounds as to why they are small compared to other countries, so that expalins the reason why Indian batsman have huge number of runs under their names. Even ordinary Indian first class batsman averages over 50 at domestic level.

  • Harmony111 on February 13, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    And how about the latest example? SL couldn't chase 231 while India chased 270 !!!

  • Harmony111 on February 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sangakkara should be reminded of his mighty Sri Lankan Team's HUGE total of 43 against South Africa made a few weeks back to show him the mirror.

    How about the massive victories India scored over SL in the 1999 and the 2003 WCs?

    India have beaten Sri Lanka IN Sri Lanka in the last ODI Series 3-1 and in the last Asia Cup. Howzzat?

  • sachinbkere on February 13, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @javedkhanafridi:check ur facts before commenting....sachin averages 45 while sanga averages 38 in all odis and sachin has performed better outside india than in india that is not the case with sanga.period

  • ARV9 on February 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @trickec, Haven't you seen Sunday's game when India chased down 270 against Aus. Also won the 1st game against SL easily. When was the last time Sri Lanka won agianst Australia in Australia.

    I was actually surprised to read that Sri Lanka has never won a test in Aus or India. Their 1st win in SA came during last tour and in Eng I am not sure. After all this Sangakkara is boasting.

    India have won test series in Eng, NZ. Drawn series in Aus and won the last tri series they played in Aus. Also T20 world cup India won was played in SA. Also India has one day series victories in England.

    Tell me 1 or 2 series which Sri lanka has won outside Lanka.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Are you kidding me?? Between 1996 to 2008, India also beat SL in 1999 , 2003 WCs.. Actually India thrashed Lanka in these two games.. SL is one team who really enjoys playing in home conditions.. India have won Tests in England, South Africa, Australia in past 10 yrs.. But SL has only won in England.. We are in Australia now.. Lets see who wins...

  • muski on February 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Its not something that we were not aware of- but to come from Sangakara's mouth when they themselves are in the same boat is perhaps not palatable. Its like Laxman Sivaramakrishnan or Atul Wassan or Arun Lal giving advice to bastmen when on commentary. Sanga seems to forget that only 3 great men have perhaps narrowed their record against India- and they are not their any longer- Sanath, Aravinda and Murali. With them gone and with himself, Dilshan and Mahela at the wrong end of 30's, there is only one light at the end of the Tunnel in the guise of Angelo Mathews and one man cannot do much in a team sport. Atleast India win few matches here and there- as the ODI tri series is showing us. For SL, that too looks a distant possibilty.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    sanga don't forget last CB series........ your team cannot make to the final. so be carefull this time.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    STOP THE WORDS AND DO IN FIELD: LET THE BAT AND BALL WILL SPOKE

  • ArivGovind on February 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    sanga is not a gentleman, proof: world cut final toss. This statement again proved he is a mental.

  • Vilander on February 13, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    its true, SL play better against india when both are away. But stuff this talk about smaller grounds, are SL grounds replicas of MCG ?

  • Sakthiivel on February 13, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    India vulnerable overseas only this year but SL vulnerable both in home and overseas, Last time when Aus visited SL the result was well know, where India white washed Aus last test series in India.

  • MaruthuDelft on February 13, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Whatever we Indians say by nature we are the worst fighters in the world. Sangakara is right. May be it is our lifestyle our religion our food our dishonesty..something is there...which makes us break quicker than anyone when a real fight shapes up as Haddin said. Sangakara is 100% right.

  • on February 13, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Sanga only said India is vulnerable in overseas because beating India in india is a feat borders on the impossible for SL. The only chance they have to do it is on neutral venues. Sanga always highly regards Indian line-up and he's always humbled by it. Think this as a compliment. nothing else, because we both know India is not that powerful although it seems it is.

  • CricketMaan on February 13, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Sanga is no Waugh for mind games..SL is right in as much as saying they ousted us in 2007 WC, T20 ..but to say we are vulnerable is weak statement. Yes SL have raised thier bar at internation level in the last decade, but we have been doing alright overseas..in SA last year we were 2-2 before losing the last ODI, unlike SL who won the dead rubbers..in England we were 3-3 before losing the last in 2007 though were ousted with 3-0 this summer..and in the last CB Series that India won..SL were beaten 3-1 by India..We did alright in windies with India B..and even won comfortably in NZ the last time we played.

  • CaughtAndBowled on February 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    The opponent won 2/3 of matches played against you in neutral venue and Sanga calls his team has advantage!!! How bizarre!!!

    In Australia India played 6 matches against Srilanka and won 5 of them!!! For some reason SriLanka has done better in Sanga's view!!

  • ranuk on February 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    IPL has spoiled the cricketers in Subcontinent. They earn better money than playing to their country. People doubt on cricketer's performances who are playing for IPL when they clash with national sides.

  • Haleos on February 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @South_Indian - since when did SL become Sout India or u r a fake Indian? Even with all the stars in SL they struggled to beat India. They never had a so called upper hand.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    BUDDHIKAPM . YOU DIDN'T GET 4-0 IN AUS BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T PLAY A 4 MATCH SERIES IN AUS , YOU PLAY ONLY A 2 MATCH SERIES IN AUS IN WHICH YOU WERE THRASEHD BY 2-0 IN 2007.

  • zapeta on February 13, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Srilankans are one of the best side at home for quite some years. Now they are tumbling down in all countries, even on spinning tracks, whcih suits their bowling department. India have plenty of big grounds compared to Srilanka, where the first official test match is played in private ground. A Team can only win by playing on Ground not by commenting/ abusing oponents. Slanka please concentrate on winning matches not just playing for namesake.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @JAVED KHAN AFRIDI . I THINK YOU DIDN'T READ THE RECENT ARTICLE OF S . RAJESH ON STATICS OVER OVERSEA RECORD . SACHIN 'S AVERAGE AT OVERSEAS WAS 49 MUCH BETTER THEN SANGA 'S 38 . ALSO THIS ARTICLE WAS FROM 2005 . IF YOU CONSIDER IT FROM 2000 YOU WILL FIND SCHIN 'S AVERAGE 53 AT OVERSEAS . I KNOW YOU ARE PORKISTANI , YOU HATE INDIA & SACHIN BUT FACTS SAY THAT SACHIN IS A MUCH BETTER PERFORMER THAN SANGA AT OVERSEAS .

  • Haleos on February 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka have beaten India in 13 neutral ODIs, and have lost 21. However, since 2000, they have a better record of 10-10. How does this make SL have upperhand is anyones guess. Wake up Sanga and concentrate on ur batting.

  • Australian0007 on February 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Sure more than 1 billion Indians will not agree with me. But fans from other cricket nations agree with me. I don't know the stats between these two teams, but SL plays much attractive & beautiful cricket than India since 1996. When India plays against any country its boring to watch, but when SL plays you want to watch the match till end, because SL players always have such a high fighting spirit. Frankly if you are not an Indian , Its difficult to watch matches plays India, specialy in India. That's the reason Indian Icon players like Thendulkar is not popular in other part of the world like WI -Richards, Lara, Eng-Botham or Aus-Warne, SL-Jaya etc.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @SOUTH _INDIAN . DID YOU FORGOT THAT IN 1999 & 2003 WC INDIA THRASHED SL BADLY . YES BADLY . IN 1999 MAKING A MOCKERY OF THEM BY PUTTING 370 ON BOARD IN ENGLAND & IN 2003 GETIING THEM ALL OUT ON 150 AFTER MAKING 280 ON BATTING FIRST .WINNING BY 130 RUNS .

  • sharn72 on February 13, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    yes, i think sanga should not talk about indian team. they just won 4-0 in aus and 4-0 in eng few months ago. if they were playing 5 matches they would win 5-0.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    MR . SANGAKARRA . INDIA PERFORM BADLY IN TEST MATCHES RECNTLY IN ENG & AS & YOU START SAYING THAT INDIA IS VULNERABLE OTUSIDE HOME . LOL , DID YOU FORGOT THAT WE WON ENG IN 2007 , WON IN PERTH IN 2008 WHILE YOUR SL TEAM HAS NOT WON A SINGLE TEST IN AUS . ALSO THIS IS ODI TOURNAMENT & INDIA IS A GOOD ODI TEAM & HAVE WON SERIES IN COUNTRIES IN PAST .LAST TIME I CHECKED INDIA WON TRI SERIES WHILE YOUR SL DIDN'T EVEN QUALIFY FOR FINALS .

  • spiritwithin on February 13, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @trickec,>>Quite true! India have no chance if they're not playing in India. No fans, no small grounds, no flat as road pitches>>u forgot the last match of the tri-series when SL lost to india,u also forgot the last asia cup in SL,u forgot the last CB series in 2008 when SL lost all their matches against india,u forgot that SL lost 4 out of 5 matches against india in UK...and the list goes on,away from subcontinent SL is the worst among all teams except BD

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    WELL MR. MONGA , YOU MENTION HOW SL KNOCK OUT INDIA IN 1996 & 2007 WC & 2008 ASIA CUP , YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT INDIA ALSO WON AGAINST SL IN 1999 WC ( GANGULY'S 183) , & IN 2003 WC SUPER EIGHT MATCH ALSO INDIA WON ASIA CUP IN SL IN 2010 .INDIA WON ODI SERIES IN SL IN 2008 BY 3-2 .

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    He is simply saying SL has a better chance against India away than at home. He is not even saying they will beat India. If anything he is paying India compliment in that they are very tough to beat but there is a fighting chance away. The author of this has put a controversial spin on this with his headline.

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. Sanga just said "India are always strong in India," "But away from home (India) we have always done very well against them" as said in the article Sri Lanka has won 10 out of the 21 matches played between the two teams from 2000 to 2012-Feb-13 in neutral ODIs. where as in the same period Sri Lanka has only won 3 out of the 17 ODIs played in India (which makes sangas statement true). there is nothing about India's overall record in this statement (at least whats reported in this article). Just because you guys are feeling touchy about India's recent performances away from home that's no reason to criticize people for things you imagined they said.

  • spiritwithin on February 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs,history shows that SL struggled against india in neutral venues,21-13 in favor of india,and in fast pitches in SA,Aus,Eng the SL always struggled against India,donno what history r u talking about

  • Hindh on February 13, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Check statsguru and even in this article it is mentioned that ind v Sl in neutal grounds is India won 21 and lost just 13 against Sl now how does it show that india is weaker facing SL in neutral grounds. Sanga should just shut his mouth and play his cricket in right spirit...

  • lankino on February 13, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    yeh we all know india struggles away from home.. they had to wait 9 weeks to get a win all summer... almost stuffed it up too.. its good that lanka is improving everygame like they did in sl improved every game here too. so hope for a win tomorrow since sehwag is useless in australia if lankan bolwers can rip through the top order .. thats the game for the lankans .. coz the mr consistant chandimal and mathews well see them home..

  • South_Indian on February 13, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    In the past SL used to hand out real drubbing to India, between 1996 and 2008, especially in the big games. India used to pack up their bags and go home disappointed after being knocked out of the big games by Sri Lanka. Back then SL had batsmen like Jayasuriya and Aravinda, and bowlers Vaas and Muralitharan, who were able to lift their games when it came to high pressure games against India. They certainly did enjoy playing against the Indian side, much like Pakistanis S Anwar and Aaqib Javed. But the current bunch of SL players dont have that ability or intensity to handle that pressure.

  • trickec on February 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Quite true! India have no chance if they're not playing in India. No fans, no small grounds, no flat as road pitches...Tomorrow they should enjoy defeat! I hope Tendulkar retires right now as he is making the game look like a joke. "Hundred international hundreds"...there is no such thing! I hope he retires and stops focusing on mere numbers. Stats...is that all the Indians think about??

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I like Sangakkara and SL in general but this comment is just ridiculous. In the last decade India have won more matches outside SC than either PAK or SL. Its only since last year's England tour that we've been struggling.

  • Lankanforever on February 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    What sanga says is " We play india better in neutral venues than we do in India." It's the writer who puts the word vulnerable here. Sanga is a gentleman who always respect his opponents. Don't talk without reading the story. Headlines aren't the stories :)

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    so which team is not vulnerable overseas sangakara dream 11 that he watches play when he is sleeping we are way better both overseas and at home than sri lanka so sanga i have a lot of respect for you and these kind of comments wont take it away but first please look at your team

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Sanga Please Refer this ..http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2011/engine/match/514035.html

  • SasiGladi on February 13, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Sanga normally looks like an respectable cricketer, but he envies indian team way he wanted to avoid Shewag's century one pure example is one pure example...Indians have far better record overseas when compared with Srilanka when they were defending champions in England WC all the teams smashed them like a 3 tier quality...recall how Saurav smashed them...

  • Radha4krishnan on February 13, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Sanga has a point. But unfortunately it may suit for every team. Let SL prove they are tough guys even without Muralitharan. Till then Sanga needs to focus on his batting than talking nonsense.

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Well Said Folks.... Last time We won CB Series.... this time show ur talent ...

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    If Sanga says that India are vulnerable overseas, what about his own team, "SriLanka"? Does he mean to say that SriLankans are the best travellers outside SriLanka? May be he has even forgotten Mahela Jayawardena who becomes a liability to his own team when they are travelling outside SriLanka!!!! His own team has just won a single Test Match overseas apart from sub-continent, at Durban in the recent past. They should better-off concentrate on their own game rather than point at some other teams performance. May be he is trying to play some mind games ahead of tomorrow's match!!!! His comments should rather be considered as the "Joke of the year so far"!!!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    c'mon Sanga prove it. You can - better luck tomorrow

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Remember the toss in world cup final... He did not even remember what he called..

  • chapathishot on February 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    What Sanga meant was that they have better chance to beat India abroad than home ,This was made as India vulnerable away from home.So more comments as well as more following the match tomorrow.Good marketing cricinfo

  • Akheel on February 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Ouchhh.... . talk about tagetting nerve ends.Sanga, U buty!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 13, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    ha ha ha...Sanga, look at the mirror and then talk...it is just a war of words to take pressure away from SL. If they lost tomorrow, they will be out of the tournament.

  • JavedKhanAfridi on February 13, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Sangakarra is a great batsman and his average is higher than Sachin. He always performs best overseas while Sachin almost always fails overseas. So his statement carries weight. India are highly vulnerable overseas. 9 straight defeats are speaking for themselves..

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    All Indians commenting have to realise that Sri Lanka team now in Australia could beat both India & Australia,but for politics in the team.See how Dilshan Ran Sanga Out?Sanga & Mahela too didnt score many runs when Dilshan was Captain.Either Dilshan or Sanga should be dreopped for the future of Sri Lanka Cricket.Both are good,but in one team both are BAD.Dilshan wouldnt score over 50 runs and when he scres 50 runs too is with about 75 balls.Before he will make 50 in 40 balls? Unless these two unite for the sake of the country we will loose & loose.

  • itisme on February 13, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    i think most of the indian supporters (i am also an aindian supporter) have failed to take sanga's comments in the proper context. he did not say SL are better than IND in away series. he just said that when it comes to the matches between SL and IND on neutral grrounds, IND are vulnerable. And this is true according to the statistics shown in this article. come on, let us call a spade a spade.

  • mehran07 on February 13, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    When India toured England, They Were white washed by England. But Sri Lanka was able to draw couples of matches. Also in ODI's Srilanka was better team in comparison to India. Result Of Eng-Ind 3-0, and Eng-SL 3-2. Sanga is right.

  • buddhikapm on February 13, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    To answer first two comments, Yes sri lanka has well done in recent past compared to India and some other countries..Sri lanka didnt get 3-0 in England..Sri lanka didnt get 3-0 in pakistan..even with Aust we will not get white wash like 4-0 ..therefore make your comments factualy..and try to listen comments and critisisams..its a good behaviour...

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    trying to shut his embarasement ha ha ha outside asia india won 21 lanka 11 in eng 6 played india won 5 lost 1 in aus played 6 won five lost same in sa only one india smashed lanks is a pathetic team from subcontinent india is a superpower from asia

  • Mr.Gibbs on February 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I dont rem when was the last time Sri chased a moderate score or posted some runs on the board, but i do rem that india has done that very often , the current srilankan team can go no where, they do not have any consistent player, on the other side India plays differently in every venue and with every opposition , Good luck to both , Sri has the chance to win against Ind outside Ind i guess they should grab it instead of talks!

  • Afta on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    There's nothing wrong in what Sanga said. He only told the truth and moreover he also spoke about the shortcomings in the Sri lankan team selection and its vulnerability. Indians should not get hecked up about it. Look at yourself in the mirror, and your recent test records....lots to talk about.

  • nitinkhush on February 13, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    it is true that we are not great overseas,but what about SL who does'nt won even a single test match in INDIA and AUS.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 13, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Lot of angry Indian supporters on this chat claiming that they do better than Sri Lanka overseas, but recently cricinfo published a stats guide (by Rajesh if i'm not mistaken) where they showed the win/loss ratios of all subcontinent teams outside of the subcontinent and Sri Lanka had a better record than India and Pakistan. They also have famously pushed India out of many famous tournaments (2007 in West Indies, 2020 World Cup, etc) . Recently though, the Sri Lankan cricket team has been going through a very bad patch and India is definitely on top. When it comes to history, however, the stats and facts do not lie and Sri Lanka does come on top

  • Ian316 on February 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Ha ha ha!!! Love how all the Indians have gone on the defensive! Calm down people! The stats and india's recent overseas form do prove Sanga right!

  • maidenshazza on February 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Everyone knows that all the Asian teams are useless outside their home country, having said that, Sangakara was pointing out something that the records seem to agree with. India haven't done too well against the Lankans outside India, whether we like it or not, the stats speak for themselves.

  • ansram on February 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    India not as vulnerable as SL in ODIs. In test matches, India is as vulnerable as anyone else. SL without Murali is worse than India, their bowling is the weak link like India.

  • satish619chandar on February 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    For a man of Sangakkara's stature, needless comment i would think..Silly mind games will do no good.. "Our strength has always been playing India away from India" holds no meaning as far as the records are concerned.. What was SL's performance during last VB series played? They did knockout during the 2007WC.. 1996 WC result ll be wahed out by 2011 WC result.. Apart from that, SL did lose to India in 2003 and 1999 wc's very badly.. It rather looks double silly when India just won the matches against SL and Australia there.. It doesn't matter how convincingly as SL consider a single man's effort as a closely fought match!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Sanga always talks about INDIA!!! last time about Indian Ranking and now about Indian Team, Sanga Mind your team and try to go up Ranking

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 13, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I have always had immense respect for Sanga. Now such petty words from him doesn't change the fact that Sri Lanka are equally pathetic in overseas conditions. SL's record since 2008 has been nothing short of a disaster. Apart from the 2010 World T20 competition and the recent ODI world cup, SL have done NOTHING to even talk about. I guess Sanga is munching on some sour grapes after his team's two consecutive losses in this series. Respect for the opposition is one of the hallmarks of a good sportsman. I hope Sanga doesn't need extra lectures on that topic.

  • homerr on February 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    to indian cric fans-- india 0-4 england, india 0-4 austraila. vulnaerable..loosers..

  • the_blue_android on February 13, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I thought only Mahela had the bug. Looks like it has even affected Sanga now.

  • spiritwithin on February 13, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    outside subcontinent india leads SL by 5-1 in aus,4-1 in eng,won their only encounter in SA,clearly shows which team fares worse in neutral venues

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    this is the beginning of Indian falling.......when...sachin,Dravid,laxman,shewag....will gone .....that time Indian will be perfect vulnerable ....in everywhere....

  • shpratik on February 13, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Yes, I completely agree with Sanga only to add that Sril Lanka are even better in doing that! Lol..... Records don't lie, see for yourself. 13 wins and 21 losses at neutral venues and still he thinks they are better at neutral venues? Am I missing something?

  • sunil.guddu on February 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    sanga statement is nothing but a big joke. since 2000 ind have played 10 oneday against lanka outside the subcontinent(overseas) and India have won 8 of them.India have won at oval,birmingham,bristol,johannesburg,adelad,hobart,bulawiyo,Perth.srilanka have won at canberra and harare.In harare India had sent b grade team.How far from the truth he is.

  • sony_sr on February 13, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Every team is vulnerable when playing away and its just a logical thing. There's nothing special to write or talk about it. I think india is one of the better travellers when we compare them against SL in SA/AUS/ENG/NZ or ENG in Asia

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    hahaha it this is joke...i think first of all he should start commenting on how sri lanka performs overseas...guess if i am not wrong recently they registered their first win in south africa... Mr Sangakara you are a great player and you should let your bat do the talking for you...yes i agree with you that india are vulnerable outside india but then sri lanka's performance is worse

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Luck & the Batting Order will Click.Best of LUCK.

  • Nipaos on February 13, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Seems funny when a beggar talks that a middle class person can't offord to travel overseas.

  • mukundh1 on February 13, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Look who's talking! Their team's only significant victory overseas in a decade has been their recent Durban test victory. Sangakkara should just bat and not talk rubbish.

  • Gupta.Ankur on February 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    SL's famed middle order has rarely performed outside sub-continent and this makes a perfect case for "look who's talking".

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka have beaten India in 13 neutral ODIs, and have lost 21. However, since 2000, they have a better record of 10-10. How can he say that the Lankans have done well against India? That shows he admires India and thinks the lankans have at least won some against them.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    we might not be great overseas, but SL are arguably worse. anyway, Sangakkara has to say something ahead of the beating that faces him tomorrow.

  • jmcilhinney on February 13, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    None of teams have looked completely convincing in this competition, which certainly does help to maintain the interest. Imperfect teams playing each other often leads to the most exciting, if not always the best quality, cricket. Sangakarra's run out could have been the turning poitn in SL's last game. If they can play to their potential then they can beat both India and Australia at the moment. If and how often they will do that is the burning question.

  • mithun2880 on February 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Look who's talking about Indian vulnerability !!! Sanga better concentrate on your game then talking about Indian flaws, find some one to bat in the middle order, or you can borrow some Indian discards like Uthapaa, S Badrinath n others

  • syedmkr on February 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Sanga started afraid of India's two successful run chases in Aus.

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Sangakkara says India vulnerable overseas : That's why India beat australia , the other side of vulnerability :)

  • chokkashokka on February 13, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I think kumar has been in the aussie sun a bit too long....his team good shallacked in SA and is yet to win a game in oz ...what kool-aid is he drinking? ....tomorrow tomorrow - the sun will come out tomorrow....bet your bottom dollar tomorrow.....

  • on February 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    yes; India is vulnerable at time at abroad. But wat about sri lanka?? They are even vulnerable at home !! No team had seen changes as SL has undergone since WC 2011 . I always feel sanga had been the best captain they had and he dint need to resign despite of WC finals loss. Since Dilshan had taken over ; the team had been goinng down n down ; barring the test Vict. against SA at Durban. There had been coach changes; captain changes, team changes and SL attack has gone weaker ever since Muralis retirement.Once Sanga-Mahela-Dilshan and Malinga retire ; god knows wats gonna happen to SL cricket.

  • realist1 on February 13, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Oh Sanga! we all know that. But did you really have to open up the can of worms by stating the obvious? Now millions of Indian's replies will be inundated the cricinfo.

  • Raju_Iyer on February 13, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    This is typical Sangakkara talk - has not worked in the past and don't think it will make any difference now. To say SL knocked out India of WC 2007 is being unfair to Bangladesh who should be given the credit for that.And I fail to see the connection between the boards getting friendly and India's recent domination over them. Siddarth you have conveniently omitted to mention that when India last toured Australia and won the triangular tournament, SL was the third team which could not even make it to the finals. Sure, India are vulnerable overseas, by that token SL are super vulnerable!

  • DaGameChanger on February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Sangakkara has gone mad by claiming India vulnerable at neutral venues even when India has 21-13 record overall. Not to mention, Author has conveniently forgot 1999 WC and 2003 World Cup and other Asia cups victory and also recent WC final. Re-visiting 2007 WC and 2010 T20, he also forgot that India had must win situation after loosing to Bangladesh and WI respectively while SL had comfortably qualified in those tournaments. Also he forgot last CB series in 2008 when SL and Aus, runner-up and world champions were defeated by India. But I liked it, really like it, because more you irked this Indian team better it performs. Sehwag must be listening to you..

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Sangakkara is a fine batsman, and never short of a sharp sledge. In all fairness though, this isn't the time for him to try that on India. As dismal as Indian performance has been - they've doled out some good enough hammering to SL in ODIs: CB series 2008 ( knockout match over with 106 balls to spare), Asia Cup 2010 ( thumped by 81 runs), SL in SL (2008, Murali - Mendis and all notwithstanding), SL in IND (2009) .. And while SL have choked in 3 WC finals in shorter formats ( 2007, 2011 and 2009 T20) - India have lifted two World Cups in shorter formats.

  • DaGameChanger on February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Sangakkara has gone mad by claiming India vulnerable at neutral venues even when India has 21-13 record overall. Not to mention, Author has conveniently forgot 1999 WC and 2003 World Cup and other Asia cups victory and also recent WC final. Re-visiting 2007 WC and 2010 T20, he also forgot that India had must win situation after loosing to Bangladesh and WI respectively while SL had comfortably qualified in those tournaments. Also he forgot last CB series in 2008 when SL and Aus, runner-up and world champions were defeated by India. But I liked it, really like it, because more you irked this Indian team better it performs. Sehwag must be listening to you..

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on February 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Funny how easily you have missed the "two away World Cups" between 96 and 07 in terms of Ind v SL. Almost as if they never happened. And also conveniently I am sure "neutral venues" when it is not favourable to India would mysteriously include BD and Sharjah, wouldn't it? Well done Cricinfo!

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    I don't disagree that India is weak overseas offlate, but the fact that it comes from Sangakara is ironic. They have never won a single test in India and have been dressed down in South Africa. If India is vulnerable, SL is super vulnerable. Sangakara has to stop this meaningless mindgame.

  • sramesh_74 on February 13, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    I find this pretty amusing...especially given the fact that SL were knocked out for 40 odd in an ODI not so long ago..

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Sanga, wait for your second defeat

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    'Smaller grounds and conditions they are used to'…is Sanga referring to Srilanka themselves by any chance? This guy always has something negative to say about India. Well, I wouldn't be making such comments I were part of a team that has never competed in SA and AUS and have been pathetic even at home especially in the last year or so. And SL might have knocked India out of major tournaments a few times, but I don't think they have ever held an edge over India on any occasion. Sanga would do well to help his own team win more often outside his country.

  • harsha_chu on February 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Funny comment from Sangakkara ! I know these are just mind-games... But Sanga talks as if Lankans perform great overseas :-)

  • DINESHCC on February 13, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    India Vulnerable Overseas. Sri Lanka?

  • praveen4honestremark on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Sangakkara would have been right if he was mentioning his comments for Indian test team which lacks fresh legs and sharp reflexes in their players like Sachin and Laxman. Exception is Dravid who has excellent temperament and technique to play every where in the world. Even for Indian ODI team this words will not come true, may be two earlier our Indian ODI team was vulnerable Present Indian team is quite good team and has winning percent of above 90 in ODI's.... I can say Srilanka is more Vulnerable when it plays with India and overseas, i am seeing from 5 years stats say they can' t match with India. In overseas like when Indian came to Srilanka they are pathetic and get bogged down psychologically. WC final was overseas for Srilanka, it failed..so who is vulnerable Mr. Sangakkara, lawyer??...I am bigger lawyer than you are.:)

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Mind games! But Sanga has proved that SL is vulnerable in overseas as well as home conditions by losing most of the matches they played even in home conditions Even on a flat track like Dubai, did they lose 1- 4 to Pak? Loll!

  • bMike on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Samaraweera is an inform batsman but he's not gonna play for 2015 WC. As next world cup will be held in Australia giving opportunities to youngsters ahead of Samaraweera is a good idea. SL have enough prospects to win against Australia and India. As Mehela hasn't been in a good touch as a middle order batsman recently & Tharanga is inconsistent as an opener Mahela should open for the rest of the series. 1.Dilshan, 2.Mahela, 3.Sanga, 4.Tharanga, 5.Chandimal, 6.Thirimanne, 7.Mathews, 8.Kulasekara,9. Prasad, 10.Malinga, 11. Senanayake/Herath

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    hahahah hey looooooooosers(srilanka) india will trash srilanka any time any place ........... number of matches won by india against srilanka :70 srilanka:50....................loooooooooooooooooooooolllllzzzzzzzzz

  • anoopshameed on February 13, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Sangakkara is an absolute Joker. Last time he said something like this Sri Lanka went almost two years without a Test win and has just won a single Test since.:)

  • joseyesu on February 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Yes, ofcourse SL Knocked us out in 2007 WC, Asia cup and 1 or 2. But don't we reached final in SA WC2003. We won the inagural 2020 in SA last CB series, in WI we won, in Newzealand we won, in SA almost but lost the last 2. . In eng, we failed agreed. You are equally vulnerable outside and in addition inside to Aus recently. Is it just to write some articles?

  • V.Rajaa on February 13, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    is it so,Mr.s 2 sanga?pls add ind's tour 2 srilanka from 2008 to upto now,i think ind won 3-2 thr in 2008, 2009 january, 4-1,they won a triangular series beating srilanka in srilanka,won asia cup beating lankans thras well, last triangular series in aus too they won 2-1..srilanka is a overseas country for india when they play srilanka. Add those stats and say it pls.

  • Mariner_1685 on February 13, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Common Kumar, if India are vulnerable on the Road , i dont think SL do any good on the road. Worrying fact for you guys is your losing even at Home , at least dont end up doing that.

  • world.cricketer on February 13, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Stop talking nonsense and perform first.

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  • world.cricketer on February 13, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Stop talking nonsense and perform first.

  • Mariner_1685 on February 13, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Common Kumar, if India are vulnerable on the Road , i dont think SL do any good on the road. Worrying fact for you guys is your losing even at Home , at least dont end up doing that.

  • V.Rajaa on February 13, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    is it so,Mr.s 2 sanga?pls add ind's tour 2 srilanka from 2008 to upto now,i think ind won 3-2 thr in 2008, 2009 january, 4-1,they won a triangular series beating srilanka in srilanka,won asia cup beating lankans thras well, last triangular series in aus too they won 2-1..srilanka is a overseas country for india when they play srilanka. Add those stats and say it pls.

  • joseyesu on February 13, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Yes, ofcourse SL Knocked us out in 2007 WC, Asia cup and 1 or 2. But don't we reached final in SA WC2003. We won the inagural 2020 in SA last CB series, in WI we won, in Newzealand we won, in SA almost but lost the last 2. . In eng, we failed agreed. You are equally vulnerable outside and in addition inside to Aus recently. Is it just to write some articles?

  • anoopshameed on February 13, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Sangakkara is an absolute Joker. Last time he said something like this Sri Lanka went almost two years without a Test win and has just won a single Test since.:)

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    hahahah hey looooooooosers(srilanka) india will trash srilanka any time any place ........... number of matches won by india against srilanka :70 srilanka:50....................loooooooooooooooooooooolllllzzzzzzzzz

  • bMike on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Samaraweera is an inform batsman but he's not gonna play for 2015 WC. As next world cup will be held in Australia giving opportunities to youngsters ahead of Samaraweera is a good idea. SL have enough prospects to win against Australia and India. As Mehela hasn't been in a good touch as a middle order batsman recently & Tharanga is inconsistent as an opener Mahela should open for the rest of the series. 1.Dilshan, 2.Mahela, 3.Sanga, 4.Tharanga, 5.Chandimal, 6.Thirimanne, 7.Mathews, 8.Kulasekara,9. Prasad, 10.Malinga, 11. Senanayake/Herath

  • on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Mind games! But Sanga has proved that SL is vulnerable in overseas as well as home conditions by losing most of the matches they played even in home conditions Even on a flat track like Dubai, did they lose 1- 4 to Pak? Loll!

  • praveen4honestremark on February 13, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Sangakkara would have been right if he was mentioning his comments for Indian test team which lacks fresh legs and sharp reflexes in their players like Sachin and Laxman. Exception is Dravid who has excellent temperament and technique to play every where in the world. Even for Indian ODI team this words will not come true, may be two earlier our Indian ODI team was vulnerable Present Indian team is quite good team and has winning percent of above 90 in ODI's.... I can say Srilanka is more Vulnerable when it plays with India and overseas, i am seeing from 5 years stats say they can' t match with India. In overseas like when Indian came to Srilanka they are pathetic and get bogged down psychologically. WC final was overseas for Srilanka, it failed..so who is vulnerable Mr. Sangakkara, lawyer??...I am bigger lawyer than you are.:)

  • DINESHCC on February 13, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    India Vulnerable Overseas. Sri Lanka?