India tour of Sri Lanka: Russel Arnold picks one X-factor player from Team India and Sri Lanka – Former Sri Lanka cricketer Russel Arnold has picked one from Team India and Sri Lanka ahead of the first ODI between both sides. According to Arnold Avishka Fernando will be the top performer for Sri Lanka while in-form opening batsman Prithvi Shaw will be the X-factor for Team India in this series.
“For Sri Lanka, I will go with Avishka Fernando at the top of the order. Let me go outside the box with India. Of course, you will be looking at Dhawan and Pandyas to perform but I’m thinking Prithvi Shaw might get a run. Helpfully he will prove me right by entertaining everyone,” Arnold said during an interview with Hindustan Times.
Avishka Fernando is an opening batsman and has played 20 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 669 at an average above 35 with the help of two hundred and three fifties. While on the other hand, Shaw is in blistering form. He had scored runs in domestic cricket as well as in IPL. The right-hand batsman will be eager to score runs at the international level.
Talking about the death in the Indian team Arnold said that he is kind of jealous looking at the pool of Indian players.”I just feel jealous that India have those cricketers. Even this team, we’ve seen them play. We’ve seen the quality they bring. There is a lot of experience too in Shikhar Dhawan, the Pandyas, spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. There’s a lot of exciting prospects,” Arnold said.
As most of India’s senior players are in England for the Test series there are very few players in Shikhar Dhawan’s team who have experience of international cricket. Arnold thinks that it will be interesting to see if the IPL stars can perform on the big stage.
“We also know about the youngsters and what they can do. The question for the India team would be, can these youngsters actually perform on their own knowing that there is no cushion of a Rohit or Virat. Can they take that next step? It will be exciting to see. Like I said, I’m jealous that India are actually in this position (of having so many quality players),” Arnold added.