IND vs SL: Ramiz Raja disappointed with Sri Lanka’s performance in 1st ODI, says ‘Seemed like a University team vs School team match’

IND vs SL: Ramiz Raja takes a dig at first ODI between India-Sri Lanka, says, ‘Seemed like a University team vs School team match’
IND vs SL: Ramiz Raja takes a dig at first ODI between India-Sri Lanka, says, ‘Seemed like a University team vs School team match’

IND vs SL: Ramiz Raja disappointed with Sri Lanka’s performance in 1st ODI, says ‘Seemed like a University team vs School team match’: Former Pakistan player Ramiz Raja took a jibe at Sri Lanka for their lacklustre performance the first ODI clash between India and Sri Lanka turned out to be completely one-sided in India’s favour. Raja questioned the ‘difference between the skills’ of the two sides after Sri Lanka faced a crushing defeat by 7 wickets, with 80 balls to spare. He further questioned the below-par batting of Sri Lankan batsmen who failed to gather a competitive total even on a flat pitch.

India vs Sri Lanka seemed like a University team vs School team match. Such 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 were playing at home. They prepared a flat pitch for the series opener against India and still ended with an average score,” Ramiz Raja said in his latest YouTube video.

IND vs SL: Pakistani cricketer turned commentator critiqued the batting skills of the Lankan batsmen. Once known to be taking on spinners with utmost ease, the current Lankan batting lineup crippled against India’s spin bowling attack.

The way Sri Lanka played against spin, it looked like they had no idea how to tackle spin. Historically, Sri Lankan batsmen have dominated the spinners. However, the current lot just does not seem to be on that level yet.

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IND vs SL: Raja expressed the miseries of Sri Lankan batsmen which were further dented by fine Indian bowling. Soon after Yuzvendra Chahal scalped the first Lankan wicket in the 10th over, wickets kept tumbling for the Lankan side at regular intervals. Krunal Pandya’s highly economical bowling (economy 2.6) alongside the comeback of Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav (Kul-Cha), who together scalped four wickets and did disciplined bowling, tightened the noose for the hosts.

The Sri Lanka batters looked confused after getting a start. They couldn’t understand how to change the gear. And this confusion was created by India’s outstanding bowling performance. India didn’t have to push much as the challenge wasn’t tough.

IND vs SL:  Disheartened to see the underperformance from the Lankan side, Raja expressed zilch interest in watching the remaining matches of the series.

The game was one-sided. Sri Lanka produced a flop show. I don’t know whether watching them in future would be interesting. Everything about them seemed in slow motion – a team is playing against a side that felt like no challenge was being thrown at them,” Raja concluded.

IND vs SL: What lies ahead in the series?

IND vs SL: After India pip Sri Lanka in the opening clash, they took a lead 1-0 in the three-match ODI series. In the second match scheduled on July 20, Sri Lanka would run errands to win the match just to keep their chances alive in the series. While India, on the other hand, would tey wrapping up with a win to get the series win at the earliest.

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