Sangakkara urges team to focus on cricket in India
Sri Lanka test captain Kumar Sangakkara has told his players to concentrate on their game instead of complaining about conditions during their upcoming tour of India. "The attitude should be simple. The first thing we should start with is no complaints with anything," Sangakkara said Thursday. He said the players should focus on things within their control rather than complaining about the pitches, weather or food when Sri Lanka travels to India for three test matches, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games next month. Sangakkara said he expects the tour to be "very exiting and also a daunting task," with Sri Lanka yet to win a test in India. Sri Lanka has lost eight of the 14 tests it has played in India. Meanwhile, Sangakkara also said veteran opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya will drop down the batting order in the one-day internationals to allow left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga to open with Tillakaratne Dilshan. The 40-year-old Jayasuriya has opened batting in 387 of his 441 ODIs, scoring 12,738 runs as an opener with an average of 34.