Former Pakistan incumbent Ramiz Raja has expressed his displeasure over Sri Lanka‘s performance in the first one-day international against India in Colombo. Shikhar Dhawan made his captaincy debut with a brilliant performance with the bat as India chased 263 with seven wickets and 80 balls left. Ramiz Raja said that there was a big difference in all parameters between the two parties.
Prithvi Shaw took Sri Lanka’s bowling unit to the cleaners before leaving after 43 off 24 balls. Shikhar Dhawan, the captain, was a mere spectator when Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan took the Sri Lankan bowling attack to the cleaners. But the 35-year-old stayed until the end to ensure India achieved an easy victory. He remained unbeaten on 86 off 95 balls, while Suryakumar Yadav scored an entertaining 31 on his ODI bow.
Ramiz Raja said that India and Sri Lanka looked like a university team and school team respectively as there is a big difference between all parameters. The 58-year-old said the hosts had prepared a lower pitch for the start of the series but that India had set a lower score for India to chase down.
‘India vs Sri Lanka looked like a university team and school team match. It was the difference between the skills, execution, talent and the ability to understand the game. This is a very challenging situation for Sri Lankan cricket because they played at home. “They prepared a flat pitch for the start of the series against India and still finish with an average score.” Told Raja in his Youtube channel.
I do not know if it will be interesting to watch: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja emphasized that the match was extremely one-sided as Sri Lanka delivered a flop show questioning their future. The cricketer, who has been turned down as a cricketer, said it feels like the home side is barely playing like a team with a full member and that India is easily the best outfit.
“The match was one-sided. Sri Lanka put on a flop show. I do not know if it would be interesting to look at it. Everything seems to them in slow motion – a team plays against a team that feels like no challenge is thrown at them, ” he added.