‘Sri Lanka Don’t Have a Great Team, But India Can’t be Complacent’

A win against Sri Lanka will assure India a place in the Champions Trophy semifinals.

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Harbhajan Singh said Sri Lanka “don’t boast of a great team”. (Photo: Reuters)

Defending champions India cannot afford to be complacent, even though they are up against a ‘not-so-great’ Sri Lanka, feels Harbhajan Singh.

India will take on Sri Lanka in London on Thursday in their second Champions Trophy match, and a win will assure them of a place in the semi-finals.

The Islanders do not boast of a great team, and Upul Tharanga’s absence will hurt them immensely. With first-choice captain Angelo Mathews injured, it was left to Tharanga to stand in for him, but now he has left a void.
Harbhajan Singh in his column for ICC

Tharanga has been suspended for two matches owing to over-rate offences.

Let’s not forget the upcoming game is extremely crucial from Sri Lanka’s point of view, because the team has already lost to South Africa and faces a must-win situation against the defending champion.

Singh feels India carry a lot of positives into the match, given their dominating win over Pakistan in the lung-opener.

Almost every batsman fired in right earnest during Sunday’s showdown against Pakistan. Even the bowlers had a fruitful outing, but I would like to see some improvements in the bowling department. I must admit that I was a little surprised by India’s underwhelming display in the field.

“If it ends up being a 50-overs-a-side game, then I don’t see Sri Lanka troubling India at all,” he added. However, team India cannot be complacent, opined Bhajji.

The men in blue should also be wary of the complacency factor. On a high after the 124-run win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli and his side must not let the intensity levels down. India just needs to get the basics right. I expect the top order as well as Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to take off from where they left in Birmingham.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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