The Indian team that went on the Sri Lanka tour under the captaincy of Shikhar Dhawan was described by Sri Lanka's world-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga as a second-rate team. Criticizing Sri Lankan cricket, Ranatunga called it an insult to his country's cricket board to play against this team. This Indian team not only defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI in Colombo on Sunday but also achieved the target of 263 runs in just 36.4 overs. Now, what will Ranatunga say?
Ranatunga had already faced criticism as he was targeted by many other Indian cricketers apart from former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra. Apart from this, the former players of the Pakistan team also criticized the former captain of the Sri Lankan team that if you show India's second-rate team defeating, then you will agree. Something similar was seen in the first ODI match when the Indian players made it one-sided.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and handed India the first bowling. Sri Lanka could only manage 262 for nine against the fast bowlers Deepak Chahar (2/37) and the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (2/48) and Yuzvendra Singh Chahal (2/52), popularly known as Kulcha. Krunal Pandya also bowled economically and took one wicket for just 26 runs in 10 overs. For Sri Lanka, number eight batsman Chamika Karunaratne was the top scorer with 43 not out.
In response, India achieved a one-sided victory thanks to half-centuries from first-time captain Shikhar Dhawan and debutant ODI debutant young wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. Dhawan returned unbeaten on 86 off 95 balls with the help of six fours and a six, while Kishan scored 59 runs off 42 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Apart from this, opener Prithvi Shaw scored 43 runs in 24 balls with the help of nine fours, for which he was adjudged man of the match.
Hardik Pandya, who underwent back surgery after the World Cup 2019, made a comeback in the team a long time ago, but he was playing as a specialist batsman. However, now he has been seen bowling, which is a good thing for Team India because India does not have any fast bowling all-rounder like him at the moment.
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