India Dangerous Even Without MS Dhoni, Sri Lanka Can't Be Complacent: Angelo Mathews

India host Sri Lanka for a five-match ODI series starting on November 2. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for the first three matches.

updated: October 29, 2014 17:08 IST
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Sri Lanka will play five ODIs in India after West Indies pulled out of a tour mid-way.


Mumbai: Visiting Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews says they are not reluctant tourists but they needed to prepare better to take on a tough side like India in their own backyard. (Warm-up match: Sri Lanka face India A as fringe players look to impress)

BCCI convinced Sri Lanka Cricket to send their team for the series after West Indies players pulled out of their tour mid-way. (Jasprit Bumrah doubtful for warmp-up tie vs Sri Lanka)

"It's not that we are reluctant to play a series. It is however not the ideal preparation for a tour like India. We know that India is a tough place to play cricket and you need your preparation on a high to play the series against India in India, especially. In the past one-and-half months we were focusing on our fitness a lot and suddenly this tour came up, so we had to take it," Mathews said ahead of their tour opener against India A in Mumbai on Thursday. (Virat Kohli slips to third spot in ICC rankings for batsmen)

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