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?Playing India will help ahead of Cup?

In an interview with G Krishnan, Lankan keeper says India series will help them prepare better.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007, 23:07 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan

Sri Lankan vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara has said that the upcoming one-day series against India will help them prepare better for the World Cup.

“Any kind of cricket before a big tournament is good because you tend to keep focus on the job ahead,” he said here on Sunday after a practice game against Mumbai Colts. “The more cricket you play, the better prepared you are.”

Excerpts from an interview with the Lankan wicketkeeper:

On the challenge of playing India in India…

Playing India at home is always a challenge. They score 40-50 runs more at home than they do away. They have great crowds here and the people love their cricket. They feed off the crowd.

On the confidence level after drawing the last series in New Zealand …

The team is pretty confident. We have been playing good cricket over the past six months and have been improving steadily. We want to make sure that what we do at practice, comes off in the middle. All the guys are looking to a good, hard competition.

On whether having played the Champions Trophy here will give them an edge in the series...

The pitches in the Champions Trophy were not the typical Indian tracks. They were fantastic wickets in the sense that they gave bowlers an equal opportunity to dominate. It was a wonderful experience and all experiences count for something. Like any other tournament, we have learnt something from the Champions Trophy too.

On the Sri Lankan bowling attack…

We have a well-balanced pace attack. There are guys who bowl fast and guys who stick to line and length. Even the guys who bowl fast are pretty accurate. Among spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara and Upul Chandana have been around for a long time. We go in with the confidence that all our bowlers have been doing very well.

On Lasith Malinga’s development…

He has brought the X factor into the side, that bit of unpredictability. He hits the 150-plus mark regularly. He is very accurate and has a very positive attitude. That rubs off on all the guys in the team, we tend to be a little more aggressive, a bit more positive when we’re playing with him.

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