Mahela Jayawardene and Tharanga dangerous, Shastri tells India ahead of triseries final vs Sri Lanka

Like the ICC Champions Trophy final, rain must not play spoilsport in Trinidad, hopes Sunil Gavaskar.

updated: July 11, 2013 17:28 IST
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Ahead of Thursday's trination final at Port-of-Spain (Trinidad), Ravi Shastri has pointed out that India should be wary of in-form Sri Lankan batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga. Jayawardene will be playing his 400th ODI and will become the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya to do so. (Preview)

Writing in his column, Shastri backed India's youthful team to win another ODI title and lauded the team's ability to bounce back after two defeats in the West Indies. Shastri said India's ability to finish on top of the table without an injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni was commendable. (Jayawardene plays 400th ODI)

The former all-rounder said India's young guns had wonderfully filled the gaps left by senior players. Shastri praised India's selection committee chaired by former batting star Sandeep Patil for backing a team of young men. (Dhoni may be back for final)

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