Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said the home side will have the edge over tourist Bangladesh in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series, starting Tuesday in Colombo. Hathurusingha, who resigned from the Tigers' head coach's post in November last year before being recruited for the Sri Lanka job, based his claim on the island nation's recent successes in their tour of Bangladesh.
The Lankans defeated Bangladesh in the final of the ODI tri-series early this year before beating the Tigers in the two-match Test and T20I series'.
"If you go by the rating, India are the No 1 team, so they always start ahead of the other teams. Whoever comes for India are a very strong team. We have to start well because we haven't been doing well at home. With Bangladesh, because of the last series, we probably have a little edge over them mentally. But still India are the No 1 team," said Hathurusingha to the media in the sideline of Sri Lanka's practice session at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo Monday.
Going into the T20I tri-series, which will commemorate the 70th Independence Day anniversary of Sri Lanka, Hathurusingha believes their recent series of successes will boost the team, along with the fact that they would have home advantage.
"It's definitely given us confidence to repeat what we did. The players probably understand their role much better than they used to before. As long as they try to play to their potential, we'll be competitive," said Hathurusingha.