2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Angelo Mathews To Play As A Pure Batsman Against India
In what can be termed as an optimistic news for all Sri Lankan fans, skipper Angelo Matthews is set to make a comeback to the team for the all-important game against India.
The game is extremely crucial for Sri Lanka’s chances in this Champions Trophy after the side was thrashed by South Africa in its opening game at The Oval, a few days ago. Though they lost stand in captain Upul Tharanga due to a two-game suspension on account on a poor over rate, Matthews’ presence should lite the morale of the team.
Ahead of the game against the neighbours India, Matthews admitted that he would play in the game, but won’t bowl, as his calf injury hasn’t fully healed. Being a batting all-rounder and a finisher mainly, even if Mathews just bats, it should be termed as prosperous news for all Sri Lankan fans.
An all-rounder also enjoys a great record against India with the bat, having scored a century when these two sides last met in an ODI, way back in November 2014.
“The injury is much better now,” Mathews said while interacting with the media. “I could have probably played the last game, but there was a chance of risk, so the management and the selectors decided that I shouldn’t play. But I’m fully fit now. I won’t be bowling, but I’m fully fit to play as a batsman.”
The Sri Lankan captain admitted that the ban to Upul Tharanga was a massive loss to the Sri Lankan side.
“It is a big loss, and there’s no excuses. You need to try and support the captain on the field. Rather than him planning to bowl the 50 overs in that time, the others have to look after that and the captain has to get on with the game and make decisions in the middle.”
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