We have the X-factor: Kumar Sangakkara

Lankan vice-captain says his side has an all-round attack to succeed against India in ODIs.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 23:07 IST

Sri Lankan vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara says his side has an all-round attack and an "X-factor" to succeed in the upcoming four-match one-day series against India.

Sangakkara said while the visitors boasted a variety of pacers, the arrival of sling-shot Lasith Malinga in particular had given their bowling the extra ammunition to blast out any line-up.

"Lasith Malinga has brought that X factor into the side, that bit of unpredictability," the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

"He bowls at 150 kmph-plus regularly. He is very accurate and got a very positive attitude."

"That rubs off on all the guys in the team and when we play with him we tend to be a bit more aggressive, a bit more positive, follow him along."

"We have got an all-round pace attack. We got a good balance, got guys who bowl fast and guys who bowl line and length. Even those who bowl fast are pretty accurate and have come a long way."

Sangakkara said the team from the Emerald Isle had the confidence from consistent performances in recent months going into the series.

"Our confidence is pretty high with us playing good cricket for the last six months. We have been improving steadily," he said.

"It's just been a case of challenging ourselves, getting out of comfort zones and making sure we do everything right. So all the guys are looking forward to a good competition," said Sangakkara after his team defeated Mumbai XI by a 156-run margin in a warm-up tie on Sunday.

First Published: Feb 05, 2007 11:42 IST