The India v/s Sri Lanka series is finally here. India will tour Sri Lanka for three one-day and three T20 internationals led by Shikhar Dhawan under the coaching of Rahul Dravid.
It is an exciting series for the fans and players and one of the most competitive series in recent times for the Indian team. Sri Lanka has been getting stronger. The team is working on improving its performance, especially after the South Africa tour.
Here are some of the things India must keep in mind to get an edge over Sri Lanka.
Identify the Key to Win
The Sri Lankan squad is one of the most successful teams in cricket history. In the last five years or so, India has been significantly ahead of Sri Lanka, but the team is not to be underestimated. The prime example of it will be India’s loss against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy 2017.
So, when the Sri Lankan team is in control of their game, they never fall behind their game plan, and that’s what keeps them calm and disciplined. Once they get control of the match in their hand, they know that they have won it. If you were to look at their defensive strategies, you would notice that they don’t use a lot of aggressive defence. In this case, disciplined defence is the key to getting ahead in the match.
Prepare a New Plan for the Sri Lankan Batsmen
The Sri Lankan batsmen have been very dominant. In the last few years, the tides have favoured the Indian side, but Sri Lanka’s batsmen always find a way to score crucial runs. Hence, India’s bowling attack will dictate the plans for the Sri Lankan batsmen. The fitness level will also be instrumental as BCCI has done away with the Yo-Yo Test in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
Revising the Batting Strategy
The Sri Lankan team follows a different method of winning games rather than intimidating or putting teams off their game. Instead, they look to control the game, often by slowing it down.
When dealing with a team like Sri Lanka, India should get ready to make slight changes in its strategy. Pitches in the Sri Lankan ground are batting-friendly, and that’s the reason the Sri Lankan team has control over their bowling speed. Since the new Indian team will have most youngsters and new players, it will be good to revisit the batting strategy. It is also important to note that Rahul Dravid will be the coach for the tour, and his role will positively impact the new players.
Avoid Being Too Confident
The Indian cricket team is one of the best globally, but the new team with youngsters will have to prove itself. India’s improved performance in the last few years is a testament to how well the team plays in Sri Lanka. For instance, Shikhar Dhawan’s performance against Sri Lanka is spectacular. When it comes to Sri Lankan cricket matches, he has been punters’ favourite. So, punters looking for cricket betting tips and predictions should check his performance.
Let’s see how the teams perform and which team fares better in this series. Stay tuned for more updates about India’s tour of Sri Lanka.