There’s only one way for a young Sri Lanka team to somehow upset upset holders India in Thursday’s Champions Trophy match at The Oval, and that is to play with arrogance, said batting legend Kumar Sangakkara.
“I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth,” Sangakkara wrote in his column for the cricket governing body website.
“They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket. If they are able to do this, then they have a chance of pulling off an upset, but it will not be easy an India team that so confidently overwhelmed Pakistan on Sunday.”
Regular captain Angelo Mathews missed out on playing the previous match due to fitness issues, but he is expected to be back against India, which according to Sangakkara could be a major confidence booster for the Lankan Lions.
“If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman added.
“Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major concern. Having Tharanga suspended is a huge waste.
“With quite an experienced and senior bowling attacked led by (seamer) Lasith Malinga, a team constituting two spinners, it is unacceptable that Sri Lanka was over by 39 minutes.”
Sri Lanka, considered as one of the weakest sides of the competiton, had a nightmare start to their campaign by going down to South Africa in their Group B opener.