After a sudden pull-out by the West Indies team, BCCI had quickly arranged a replacement tour by Sri Lanka. But apparently, Sri Lankan captain is well aware of his limitations while playing against India in their own backyard. Statements emphasizing that the preparations of Sri Lanka cricket team are not ideal, were published across the media. Now Angelo Methews has said that though it is not easy to win in India, especially keeping in view the past record of Sri Lanka but obviously they will try their best.
He said,”It’s not that we are reluctant to play a series. It is however not the ideal preparation for a tour like India. We know that India is a tough place to play cricket and you need your preparation on a high to play the series against India in India, especially. In the past one-and-half months we were focusing on our fitness a lot and suddenly this tour came up, so we had to take it.”
He added, “After the Pakistan series we had a couple of months off. We had about 10 days’ complete rest and then started our physical fitness because we had been playing right through. We were planning on hitting our peak levels during the English tour but this was a sudden shift. And as players, you need to take those in a positive way. These things happen and as players, you need to adapt to those situations and get the maximum out of it. Dhoni is a pillar of strength to the Indian team. We all know what a dangerous player he is. If he is not in the Indian team then the opposition might think hang on, we have got a chance here. But you can’t be complacent against a team like India.”