Mirpur: Desperate to
restore their battered reputation after the recent debacle in Australia,
title holders India would be hoping for a positive start to their campaign
in the Asia Cup cricket tournament when they take on Sri Lanka here on
The Asia Cup will provide India a chance to make amends
for their dismal performance in the triangular series in Australia where
they won just three out of eight matches.
After having flopped in
two consecutive overseas tours in England and then Australia, Indian
skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows the importance of a good start that
will hold them in good stead in the regional tournament.
the years the format has changed in the sense now there are four good
sides. It is a very short series, and it is very important to start with a
positive note because it's not very often that you play in a tournament
where all the Asian countries are playing together," Dhoni said.
are coming into the tournament with just a few changes in the squad that
played in Australia with hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan and pacer Ashok
Dinda drafted into side, while Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Umesh
Yadav have been 'rested' due to injuries.
The Asia Cup is also an
ideal platform for Sachin Tendulkar to record his much-awaited 100th
international ton after having missed the feat in the Test series against
Australia and the subsequent triangular series.
will also provide another opportunity to young players like Rohit Sharma,
Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja to prove their worth after producing a
below-par performance in tough Australian conditions.
Kohli, on the other hand, will be oozing with confidence following his
impressive showing in Australia, which earned him the post of vice-captain
in Sehwag's absence.