“We will try our best to beat India,” says Chamari Athapaththu

Ahead of the Sri Lanka Vs India white-ball series, Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu is confident that her team has full potential to beat the visitors as they lock horns in 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is beginning Thursday, June 23rd.


Chamari Athapaththu celebrating a victory. PC: Getty Images
Chamari Athapaththu celebrating a victory. PC: Getty Images


In an interview with Shayan Acharya for Sportstar, Chamari said that “India has got experienced bowlers – Deepti (Sharma), Poonam (Yadav), Radha (Yadav). I know, they have not been in form over the last few months, but they can come back anytime. They know how to adjust to the conditions and manage themselves. I have plans against them and will share those thoughts with the youngsters. This is a tough tour, but if we play to our potential, we can beat India,” Athapaththu added, “We will try our best to beat India…”

The bilateral series between the two South Asian countries will be played at Dambulla and Pallekele. The tournament comes ahead of the Commonwealth Games, 2022 to be played next month and this series is equally important for both India and Sri Lanka as both have their own challenges to face. As for India, it will be about finding the right team combinations in the absence of Mithali Raj and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and what Harmanpreet Kaur as a leader brings to the side. The Lankans will be looking forward to continuing the winning momentum that they gained in the last match they played against Pakistan.

“We have to improve our batting, we have quite a few young players, but they do not have experience, so this is their opportunity to showcase their talents in the format,” Athapaththu said.

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Sri Lanka will be focused on improvement in certain specific areas like batting and fielding and the upcoming limited-overs series will surely be an opportunity to tap on. Going forward, both the teams have a bunch of young players as well as some experienced ones in the dugout and it will be very important for both the teams to find the perfect team balance and get prepared for various Multinational tournaments marked on the calendars.

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