Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne has lauded the BCCI’s decision to allow 50 per cent spectators for Virat Kohli’s 100th Test match in Mohali. The BCCI allowed the Punjab Cricket Association to host the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium with 50 per cent capacity. Virat Kohli’s fans are very happy with this decision of BCCI. Because he will get a chance to see his favorite player’s 100th Test.
This match is also going to be very special for Sri Lanka’s captain Karunaratne, because the Test match against India will be the 300th match of the Sri Lankan team and Karunaratne is going to lead the team in this match. Karunaratne said he was happy that the audience would be present for the first Test. Whereas Indian star Virat Kohli will play his 100th match. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allowed 50 per cent of the stadium’s capacity for the match, which Karunaratne expressed his happiness.
Karunaratne told reporters, “It is a wonderful feeling to captain my country in the 300th Test match. I was not expecting that. It’s a great honor for me. I will try my best to get the best result for Sri Lanka. I came to know that this is Virat’s 100th Test. BCCI took a good decision by allowing 50 per cent spectators.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne on Thursday said Kusal Mendis will miss the first Test against India starting Friday due to a hamstring strain. But wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella has returned to the team after serving a one-year ban for breaching the bio bubble.
Mendis and Dickwella were banned for breaching the bio bubble during the tour of England last year. Mendis’ selection in this tour depended on fitness. He got injured during the fifth T20 match against Australia. Due to this he could not even play in the T20 series against India.
On Sri Lanka’s preparations, he said, “The Sri Lankan players are working hard and everyone is in good shape. Hope they show good form in both the Test matches.” Captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday lauded former captain and batting legend Virat Kohli ahead of his 100th Test, saying all the credit for putting the team in good shape in this format. goes to them.