“Conditions weren’t unplayable” – Ramiz Raja opens up on IND vs SL Asia Cup 2023 final
By SMCS - Sep 19, 2023 3:30 pm
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Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja showed disappointment over Sri Lanka going down without a fight in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023 final against India in Colombo. He also added that the conditions at the R.Premadasa Stadium weren’t unplayable, instead blamed the Sri Lankan batters’ approach as well.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ramiz Raja said: “The conditions weren’t unplayable. The Indian bowlers were fantastic, and the Sri Lankan batters played ridiculously. We have seen such a bowling performance in ODIs after a very long time. The Sri Lankan batters didn’t learn from their mistakes. They didn’t use their brain and it seemed as if they were eager to go back to the dressing room.”

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“There couldn’t have been a more ridiculous final than this, especially in modern-day cricket, where players know the conditions and the opposition very well. Sri Lanka played at home. I haven’t seen a home team get thrashed like this. If you get bowled out for 50 in your home territory after winning the toss, there’s nothing to comment on. It is useless to comment on the final because it was like Harvard University was competing against Kindergarten,” he added.

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India witnessed a close win over Sri Lanka

However, Sri Lanka faced a humiliating 10-wicket defeat to India in the Asia Cup 2023 final. With their batters falling like a pack of cards, they were bundled out for a mere 50 runs in just 15.2 overs. Notably, Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the Indian bowlers, finishing with a stunning six-wicket haul. Hardik Pandya then claimed three wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah picked up as well.

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“The Indian bowlers enjoy each other’s success. There is no jealousy factor. This was a very important win for them. India have consistently failed to make it to the final in the recent past. This win will give them a lot of confidence, making them believe that they are titleholders,” he concluded.