You seem to be mixing up your hopes with the expectations! Personally, I'd
much rather see/hear about memorable matches than worry about whether India
wins convincingly or performances of some individuals. Alas, I believe there
are many more people with your kind of interest in cricket than there are like
me. I would wish you luck in your "prediction" coming true, but that would
mean wishing that others with an attachment to (SL routing India, Mahanama
scoring a couple *more* centuries, etc.) will be unhappy.
By the way, I am surprised at the first part of your prediction after Sri
Lanka's wonderful performances against Australia, New Zealand, and England
at home during the past year.
Here's to a good series,
Pankaj Shah; (408)-447-4658.
> By the way, I am surprised at the first part of your prediction
> after Sri Lanka's wonderful performances against Australia,
> New Zealand, and England at home during the past year.
Before the English tour, Sri Lankan Manager Duleep Mendis
said that he had no doubt about the victory because English
players were weak against quality spin and Sri Lankan spinners
could ball better (wrist spinners). Ashantha de Mel and Rumesh
Ratnayake (also Saliya Ahangama did well last time) are not in
the scene, Lankan pace bowling could not do beter than English
attack. With a strong breed of lefties, Lankan batting would
be formidable. Temperament and pace/swing bowling will be the
main difference beween the teams (well, Sri Lankans know that
there is a guy called Tendulkar in the Indian team; hopefully
they would come with some formula to fix him. Kambli goes with
some kind of pressure to proove himself.... dangerous!).
One thing I may speculate. This is not going to be a one-
sided series(well, either way, I would add). I am a cricketter
as well. I don't "predict" anything in cricket!
UMass, June 26, 1993