Veteran Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas has hailed the efforts of Team India. He added the Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue’s have been dominating since 2017. The prominent left-arm bowler maintained India has picked a balanced squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
Currently, he is India for the inauguration of local Twenty20 tourney in Mumbai. He had flown to India alongside his former teammate and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
The 45-year-old Vaas, who has bagged 400 wickets in 322 ODIs, feels Kohli’s men will make it to the semi-finals of the twelfth edition of the 2019 World Cup. The quadrennial event will commence from May 30 at Kennington Oval in London.
India is a dominating force to reckon at the ICC World Cup 2019:
He reiterated that India has a decent pool of bowling reserves and he is hopeful that India will do exceedingly well in the ICC’s mega event.
“Indian cricket has been dominating in the last two-three years. They have good back-up fast bowlers. They will do wonders. Indian team is very balanced. They will do well. My prediction is, India will definitely reach the semifinals (in the World Cup),” Vaas revealed to reporters in Mumbai.
While speaking about his national team’s chances in the ODI showpiece, Vaas is optimistic about the squad and is expecting a lot from the players. He added they’re bound to do well for their country.
“For the last few months, Sri Lanka hasn’t done so well. But if you analyse the combination of the team which we picked for the World Cup, I am pretty sure that the selectors have done the right thing. We have to take it from there and it’s upto the players to get themselves in and play well for the country,” said Vaas
While taking a sly dig at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Vaas believes the players are supposed to be given ample opportunities to prove their mettle as a leader, too.
“We have the talent and we need to give them an opportunity to play longer, rather than giving them one or two games and then pushing them out. Players need some time to perform well,” Vaas said.
Recently, the SLC has announced Dimuth Karunaratne as a skipper for the marquee event.
In addition, Vaas stated it’s pretty sad to witness the ushering on a new selector takes place quite often.
Vaas added reposing faith in administrators would yield the desired results for the Island nation.
“In Sri Lanka, the biggest problem is that the selectors keep changing. There is no such thing as selection policies. Once they have a policy, it is easy to build the team. That’s the biggest problem we face. Ultimately the players get caught up and they are suffering. You need to show faith,” Vaas stated.
The onus is on Lasith Malinga’s Shoulders:
Besides, Vaas also believes senior speedster Lasith Malinga will be crucial for the hosts. He remarked that Islanders are relying on his experience and performances.
“There is no doubt that Malinga is one of the best in the world and the best in Sri Lanka. We depend on him as a bowler and he showed his leadership qualities,” Vaas further said.
Currently, Malinga is representing Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing IPL 2019 season. He has done quite well for his team to prepare himself for the much-awaited World Cup.
India will kick-off their campaign on June 5, whereas, Sri Lanka will take on New Zealand on June 1 at Sophia Gardens.