Angelo Mathews (above) termed MS Dhoni as a 'pillar of strength' in the Indian side © Getty Images
Angelo Mathews (above) termed MS Dhoni as a ‘pillar of strength’ in the Indian side © Getty Images

Oct 29, 2014

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews expressed on Wednesday that even though Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not there in the Indian team for the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), his side will not take the hosts likely.

The five-match series between the Asian rivals starts on Sunday, November 2 with the first match to be played at Cuttack.

Mathews told bcci.tv, “[MS] Dhoni is a pillar of strength for the Indian team and we all know what a dangerous player he is. If he is not around, the opposition might think, ‘hang on, we have a chance here’. But you cannot be complacent against a team like India thinking that Dhoni is not around.”

Mathews admitted that India is a tough place to tour and Sri Lanka’s past record hasn’t been excellent here.

“India is a tough place to tour. Our past experience in India hasn’t been that good and we will try to somehow correct that this time around. We don’t have many experienced bowlers on this tour but the young guys will learn because this is a very hard place to play cricket,” he said.