Legendary Sri Lankan batsman –Aravinda de Silva, on Monday, was in awe for current Indian crop of the bowlers, saying the current pace attack makes Virat Kohli –led Indian Cricket Team a complete unit compared to the side he played against in the mid-90s.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, De Silva said, “The key difference in this side is bowlers. India’s batting was always powerful and high on experience but they have developed bowlers who can take wickets in all conditions. This was one factor lacking in the team of the mid 90s whom I played against.”
Young brigade comprising with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been phenomenal since 2016 and played a key role in India’s success in the limited overs’ game.
De Silva also believes that the Indian thinktank is utilizing the bowlers pretty well in every condition which makes a big difference for the side. He further added, “When wickets are flatter and slower, they have the two wrist-spinners (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav) at their disposal. They have pacers who can touch 90 mph on a regular basis. This variety makes a big difference.”
Commenting on current Sri Lankan side, Silva signed off by saying, “The current side is still young. We lack consistent selection, when it comes to players or captains. This does not give confidence to the side which is under transition.”
Sri Lanka's next big assignment will be the Nidahas t20I Tri series featuring India and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka is also hosting the series in remembrance of their 70th year of independence.