Biscuits are banned from Sri Lanka dressing room, says Asanka Gurusinha

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2017

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On Sunday, though, the hosts know all too well they will face a totally different Kohli at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

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If fit, he would have surely been a part of the Champions Trophy squad, but with Yuvraj Singh playing that tournament in England, he would have probably opened the innings (or warmed the bench). "Look they are led very well by Virat Kohli and they are playing some great cricket, if they are good enough to continue winning, then they will continue to be the number one team in the world", he added.

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Speaking to observerbd.com, Gurusinha said: "Our physio and trainer are in charge of food at games and they have banned biscuits in the changing room". With regular spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being rested, Patel and Chahal have a chance to hog the limelight.

Once admired, even envied, for their steady supply of freak bowlers with freaky actions and a near-invincible record at home, Sri Lanka's recent humiliating 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India made for a particularly painful watch. Since January 2016, Sri Lanka have won only 10 of the 35 ODIs they have played and this year alone they have lost 11 out of 16. Sharma may have struggled to leave a mark in Test whites but will be Kohli's trump card in ODIs. SL has to come up with a plan to stop rampaging Indians and has to focus on basics to stay competitive.

The Indian think-tank has reportedly confirmed KL Rahul cemented at No. 4 for the entire series. But if the team thinks somebody else can do that role really well, KL has been batting really well in the Tests, I would love to see that happen. MSD just has to play with freedom and express himself and play like old Dhoni.

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke advised the current squad to be wary of India ahead of their one-day series beginning in September. ICC has made so many changes in recent past that it is quite hard to keep track of it. ODI cricket needs a context outside of World Cups and Champions Trophy and for that balance has to be created otherwise it will be a death knell for this format.

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