Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga attracted attention with his controversial comment about the Indian cricket team after some time Danish Kaneria’s Honest Statement amazes Everyone, but Ranatunga disapproved by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and raised questions at the board for allowing India to send a ‘second-string’ team to play cricket. The board did not take kindly to Ranatunga’s comments and responded to him saying: ‘India is not a second-string side’.
The statement of Arjuna Ranatunga had recently termed the Shikhar Dhawan-led unit as a ‘second string’ team besides adding that the Sri Lankan board should not have agreed to play with a relatively ‘understrength’ team,
On this matter Pakistan’s Leg Spinner Danish Kaneria has Scolded Ranatunga with his honest statement With a large pool of promising players, it would be unfair to call the current team in Sri Lanka ‘second-string’ or even a ‘B team’ for that matter. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and others are experienced campaigners, representing India for the last five years and more.
He also added that honestly such a disgraceful comment was not even expected from a living legend like him.
“First of all, Mr. Ranatunga. You have made this statement to remain in limelight. Because only India is a team right now that has a pool of 50-60 players, strong enough to field two different sides. And even in this team, players such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya keep representing India consistently,” Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.
“So I just want to say that I feel sorry to hear this coming from you. You’re such a big name and yet, you made such a statement and then fell flat on your face with Sri Lanka Cricket responding to you.”
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“Sri Lanka cricket is on a decline. It’s almost as of they’ve forgotten how to play cricket. You should be happy that India is sending its team to lift you out of the financial crisis. The board will get sponsors, funds, and whatnot,” Kaneria explained.
“Don’t think such a statement was needed. These things only create friction between boards. I think Ranatunga must have learned his lesson or when India would hammer Sri Lanka comprehensively, then he’ll understand.”
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Friday issued a statement, saying the current India team which is there in the Island Nation to play three ODIs and three T20Is is a “strong squad”. This clarification from SLC comes on the very day when former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga criticized the board for letting India send their ”second-string” team while the main team stayed back in England to play the Test series which commences in August.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that despite claims by various parties as reported in the Media, the National White-Ball team of India currently touring Sri Lanka is a strong squad (SLC). Out of the 20-member India squad, 14 players have represented India across all formats or in some form. (Test, ODI, or T20I), and not a ‘second-string team’, as claimed,” SLC said in an official statement.
On top of this irresponsive behavior Danish honestly adds his personal opinion that when the New Team India will hammer SLC, then Ranatunga will understand that there is no second string in team India as it is currently the only them with 50-60 strong players who are very valuable.
Surely this series in Sri Lanka comes with many possibilities but we cricket fans would love to see who will true at the end, even if it was a personal statement of Ranatunga but it is getting very interesting let’s see what lies up ahead at the end of limited ODI series.