Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera shared that the senior players in the side need to be more responsible if they want to beat India in the ongoing T20I series. However, his performance is not up to the mark in recent times. The Sri Lanka cricket team has been going through a rough phase and they are struggling to get back in form also.
“I didn’t play consistent Test cricket but in white ball cricket, I played last series in Australia. There I played well but not upto the mark. So I will try to do my best in this series,” said Kusal Perera, who has played 18 Tests, 98 ODIs and 43 T20s so far.
“We need to play together as a team. Obviously the senior players will have to pull up their socks. They will have to do much better but at the same time the good thing is we have some young bowlers and batsmen in the squad,” Perera told bcci.tv.
Sri Lanka placed at seventh in T20s, eighth in ODIs and sixth in the Test ranking. Their opponents, India, on the other hand, are fifth in T20s, second in ODIs and one in the longer format of the game.
“They (India) are very good. In world cricket, India is at the top of the rank. So, as a team we will try to do what we can do in the middle. We back our strengths,” he said after the first T20 of the three-match series was rained out in Guwahati on Sunday night.
He further added that being a senior player, he too will be under the scanner for his performance.
“This series will be a good experience for me as I have to take responsibility. I will have to bat at number three position and I will try to do my best,” he concluded.