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Pothas defends Sri Lanka’s five openers’ strategy

SRI LANKA IN INDIA, 2017

Once Upul Tharanga departed after his blistering 95, Sri Lanka's hopes came crashing down.

Once Upul Tharanga departed after his blistering 95, Sri Lanka’s hopes got here crashing down. © AFP

Eyebrows have been raised when Sri Lanka named as many as five opening batsmen within the squad for the three-match ODI series towards India and after the vacationers suffered a 2-1 defeat in Visakhapatnam, trainer Nic Pothas defined that it used to be a strategic plan that sadly did not determine.

Only Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka opened the innings, and whilst wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella batted at quantity five right through the sequence, Sadeera Samarawickrama occupied the quantity 3 slot for the deciding sport. Kusal Janith Perera, who used to be the 5th opener within the squad, did not even get a sport.

“It’s a tough one. In hindsight, we can look back and pick holes in the system. But we had a strategy,” Pothas informed reporters after Sri Lanka’s heavy eight-wicket defeat on Sunday (December 17).

“What we tried to do was to get as many players as possible who are good players of spin bowling into the squad. If you want to play India, you want to have players who can play spin in the middle order. That strategy is sound. But unfortunately, we lost two wickets in one over and that put us behind the black ball little bit,” the previous South African wicketkeeper-batsman discussed.

After being put into bat, Sri Lanka have been neatly set half-way in the course of the innings at 145 for two, however the dismissal of opener Upul Tharanga brought about a dramatic cave in because the vacationers misplaced 8 wickets for simply 55 runs.

“Obviously not enough runs on the board. In the 28th over we were well ahead of the game. Then there were two soft dismissals in one over. Very disappointing,” Pothas added.

Sri Lanka have struggled woefully in ODI cricket in 2017, with out with the ability to win even one among their six sequence. This 12 months, they have got misplaced 23 video games and received most effective five. “If I summed up our ODI cricket, I would say we didn’t learn fast enough. In Tests though, it is the opposite. The guys have learned quickly and adapted. In ODIs, the same errors keep happening. We keep crossing the street and getting run over by the same bus over and over. So I leave that up to the selectors and the new coach. I obviously will have my suggestions to make. But if you keep making the same mistakes, you can’t keep living,” he wired.

Pothas used to be a wonder selection when Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) determined to position him in price till they settled in for a head trainer after Graham Ford stepped down in June. He has observed thru tricky six months. “I am heading back to Southampton for Christmas (after the T20I series). The opportunity has been amazing. From the players’ point of view and my point of view, it is all about learning and getting better. There has been progress and that is exciting. In the same token, there have been things that haven’t changed at all. What the answer to that is I am not sure. Certainly exciting to have Hatu (Chandika Hathurusingha) on board and I will support him whatever the way I can,” Pothas stated.

Pothas used to be Sri Lanka’s fielding trainer below his mentor Graham Ford and whether or not he’ll be retained within the give a boost to workforce of the senior group or despatched again to the improvement aspects continues to be observed. “As of yet, I haven’t had any communication,” he stated.

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