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India deserve to be number one: Lankan coach

Sri Lanka's assistant coach Stuart Law on Saturday described India as cricket's "powerhouse" and said they deserve the number one tag in Test format.

cricket Updated: Dec 07, 2009 19:54 IST

Sri Lanka's assistant coach Stuart Law on Saturday described India as cricket's "powerhouse" and said they deserve the number one tag in Test format.

The top rank is beckoning India as they are just four wickets away from winning the series against Sri Lanka, which will catapult them to the top of the ranking chart.

"They are a powerhouse and deserve to be number one. Even Australia won a series in India only after a long time. Sri Lanka can win a Test in India in future but winning a series is a tough ask. Pitches here are totally different to anywhere and others have to rise to the occasion. It's a challenge to face India in their backyard," he said.

Law said India were a complete package with good batsmen and bowlers in their team.

"You have a high quality cricket team. They have two swing bowlers who can swing it conventionally and reverse it too. Harbhajan Singh is a pretty good bowler. (Pragyan) Ojha is only two Tests old," he said.

Only rival skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who is unbeaten on 133, is standing between India and a 2-0 series win and Law acknowldged the enormous talent his skipper possesses.

"Sangakkara showed today why he's the best player in the world currently. I am really proud of him today for having come out and played that innings under immense pressure with so many things to think about in the middle.

"He's a tough character and has been scoring plenty of runs in Test cricket recently. Today he showed what a classy cricketer he is," he gushed.