New Delhi: India is set to play a Test series in Sri Lanka after a span of five long years. The three-match series between the South-Asian neighbours is being tagged as the farewell series of legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
The classy southpaw has decided to hang his boots after the second Test, scheduled to be played at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews recently stated that the Islanders were determined to give a fitting send off to the retiring cricketer by winning the upcoming Test series against India. “A series win is the best way to send off a player of Sangakkara's caliber," said Mathews.
But the home team, which is going through a transition phase, is not looking upright to give a tough fight to the visitors. In fact, they would be under immense pressure as they have recently lost a Test series (1-2) against Pakistan at home.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene also stated ahead of the high-profile series that India have an upper hand. “It will be a competitive series but I guess India will have an upper hand as they have a more or less steady team. The Sri Lanka team on the other hand is going through a transition phase as some of the youngsters are settling down,” said Jayawardene.
Now the question is that against all the odds can Angelo Mathews-led side manage to give a fitting farewell to their veteran batsman Sangakkara?