India may be dominant in the Galle Test, but Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan is hopeful that the hosts can bounce back in the match.
“Obviously Virat Kohl-led Indian team is favorite among the two countries in this series. This Indian team has an excellent balance in both batting and bowling. But at the same time, my belief is that Sri Lanka can create upset. They have a few youngsters who have the potential and cause danger,” Murali was quoted as saying in a report by OneIndia.
Asked about the role Ravichandran Ashwin can play in the series, he admitted, “Ashwin has one important quality that he is an excellent student of the game. Especially, he wants to master the technique of innovations which he always tries to apply in the match. It is another quality of Ashwin is that he can experiment with ball in the match itself. Even while trying to experiment if Ashwin gets hammered he does not gets nervous.”
At the same time, Murali also hoped Rangana Herath would trouble the Indians. “Herath has high potential. His rolling of the ball is simply mesmerizing. I have strong belief that he will also create danger in Indian batting. Yes, in the first Test Sri Lankan bowlers have not yet been able to establish their dominance. I will not also be surprised if we concede defeat by an innings in the ongoing first Test but with two more Tests left I have belief that Sri Lankan bowlers must bounce back,” he added in the OneIndia report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent