“It’s disappointing. Not a game we wanted. It happens. We need to learn how to manage the start. Bowlers should learn how to take wickets on these decks and the batters should learn to score. [Inured players] No idea, will have a look after this finishes. [Looking forward] Playing positive cricket is the more important thing. If the boys show intent, the bowling would have been different. Congratulations to the Indian team for this performance.”
“I thought it was a great series for us. We bowled pretty well, got wickets, and breakthroughs when we need. Batters throughout the series piling up those runs were good to watch. Don’t remember that. Was good to see how Siraj was bowling and deserved the slips. The way he is swinging the ball, he is a rare talent. And in the last couple of years, we have seen him go from strength to strength. We tried all sort of things to help him get five but we couldn’t. But the confidence is there and we can see in the way he is running. He is working on a few tricks.”
Virat Kohli, player of the match and series:
“[On receiving awards] It is the by-product of the intent I have. The mindset is to help the team and put the team in a strong position. I have played for the right reasons and that has helped. Ever since I came back from the break, I am feeling good and I don’t have the desperation to get to a milestone. I want to continue doing that and am content. Today I was happy to be batting out there and in that space, I end up playing good cricket.
I am in a nice space right now, just be organic. Shami has always been there for us with the new ball. But the way Siraj has come in and done with the new ball has been fantastic. He picks wickets in the powerplay, which was an issue in the past. It is a great sign for us heading into the World Cup. Not giving too much thought about [NZ]. We’ll get there and see and there will be a change in combination with what we saw today. We want to work as we did in this series to get the result we want.”
India vs Sri Lanka Highlights today. 3rd ODI (N), Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, Sunday 15-1-2023, Sri Lanka tour of India 2023.
India, elected to bat first.
Rohit Sharma wants to make the first use of the dry pitch. Talks about wanting to play a game that is close to perfect. Two changes – Hardik and Umran are out; Washington and SKY are in!
Shanaka says Sri Lanka would have batted first, too. Batters should convert their starts he says. Ashen Bandara is in for Dhananjaya de Silva, and Jeffrey Vandersay is in for Dunith Wellalage.
India team: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul †, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar.
Sri Lanka team: Avishka Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis †, Ashen Bandara, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 264
India Won: 95
Sri Lanka Won: 57
India ODI Rankings: 4th
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka LLWLL
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 1:30 PM Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – ODI no. 4505