India are a top team, we need to be on our toes: Mathews
"We haven't played them for quite a while. It's great to be playing them. They are a world-class team. You need to be on your toes all the time," said Sri Lanka vice-captain Angelo Mathews. Amol Karhadkar reports.india Updated: Feb 08, 2012 00:02 IST
So much have they played against each other in the recent past that there was a joke in cricket circles that whenever both these teams are likely to get a break from their hectic international calendar, India and Sri Lanka cricket board bosses would make sure they play a bilateral series.
Even though it's slightly exaggerated, the fact the sub-continent giants have played each other in excess since 2008 cannot be ignored. Players from both sides, including Harbhajan Singh and Tillakaratne Dilshan, have not hesitated airing their views in public on this. Thus it is surprising that the two teams haven't locked horns since the famous World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2 last year.
More to come
These 10 months could well appear as 10 years, especially for the administrators. As a result, when Sri Lanka vice-captain Angelo Mathews was asked if he was surprised not to have played India for so long, he nodded in the affirmative. "We haven't played them for quite a while. It's great to be playing them. They are a world-class team. You need to be on your toes all the time."
However, the void of the last year or so will be filled over the next seven-eight months. After the four league games of the CB Series, even if India and Sri Lanka don't square off in the best-of-three finals, they will take each other again at least once in the Asia Cup in Dhaka the following week (in March).
And then, before September's World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka, India are all set to play three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals in the island nation. So, whether you like it or not, get ready to see India-Sri Lanka face-off all over again!