Dasun Shanaka urges younger Sri Lanka aspect to ‘preserve religion within the course of’
Sri Lanka captain additionally hopes their fast-bowling reserves will enhance sooner or later
For a lot of followers watching on, not to mention the gamers, the style of Sri Lanka’s defeat in the second ODI was notably robust to take. Amid one of many worst streaks within the nation’s cricketing historical past, the chance to get one over an previous enemy – even when their first alternative XI was midway the world over – would have been nearly as good a salve as any. However, Deepak Chahar had other ideas.
So, it is now right down to Dasun Shanaka – Sri Lanka’s tenth captain in 4 years – to rally his troops, go once more and keep away from a whitewash. Whereas the Tremendous League factors up for grabs will little question be a motivating issue, it is clear what this Sri Lankan workforce wants proper now’s merely a win.
“If we had won that last game, it would have been a big boost going into this game,” Shanaka mentioned. “But I have a lot of belief that this young team can start winning soon.
“In the event you look, even from the England series, the workforce has been bettering little by little. Right this moment our bowlers had a great observe session specializing in their spot bowling, one thing which is essential in a match. Each time we’re out within the area we’re taking a look at bettering. In fact, we will fall again down occasionally, however we have to preserve religion within the course of. The objective is to finish this match on a excessive word.”
Much of the criticism that spilled over from the last game centered around Shanaka’s handling of his bowlers at the death. While using the excellent pair of Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga in the final few overs was understandable, the decision to bring on both Kasun Rajitha and Lakshan Sandakan in the overs that preceded them was more contentious.
Both Rajitha and Sandakan went for more than seven runs per over, but Shanaka said it was a decision that was easier to criticise in hindsight.
“We won’t at all times say with certainty what would have occurred. There are two methods to have a look at it; if Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne had bowled and obtained hit, many would have mentioned that there would have been overs left over from Kasun Rajitha and Lakshan Sandakan. It was Sandakan, in spite of everything, that obtained the essential wicket of Suryakumar (Yadav).
“We can’t always know which way would have been best. As a captain my main goal is to win, at the time I did what I thought was best but going forward I’ll need to learn from these experiences.”
When it comes to positives for Sri Lanka, the performances of Charith Asalanka and Karunaratne have been proper up there. Karunaratne’s late-order hitting has been essential in Sri Lanka setting respectable targets in each video games thus far, whereas Asalanka has confirmed to be a steadying middle-order presence. Unsurprisingly, the unreliable nature of Sri Lanka’s high order mixed with each gamers’ type has led to requires them to be promoted, one thing Shanaka was hesitant to log off on.
“We need to fix the playing environment first. When Asalanka was batting at No. 3 in England, a lot of people might have been saying he wasn’t of international standard. As a captain, the way I looked at it was, how do we get the best out of him? I spoke to coaches and selectors, and we decided that he should first play at No. 5, where he can first gain experience playing in the middle order. Then gradually put him into that No. 3 role. We need to give players time to settle in. That will give him time to learn about international cricket, how to play certain bowlers, when to accelerate an innings, when to stretch things out, he will gradually get a better understanding of these things.
“Identical to Asalanka, Chamika has been enjoying rather well. However Chamika additionally wants time to settle in. He has proven he can end, so we have to give him extra time in that function. That is the way you construct his confidence. In order that’s why each are of their particular positions, to realize that essential expertise.”
Much of Sri Lanka’s success also depends on the continued fitness of Chameera, whose pace has caused problems for many an opposition batter. That means successfully implementing a rest and rotation policy. Chameera, however, has been playing non-stop since the start of the year and, seeing how crucial he is to the side, a rest seems unlikely. A logical replacement would be Lahiru Kumara, but he’s just coming back from injury himself.
“We do have an issue in having the ability to exchange some gamers,” Shanaka said. ‘In the past, we’ve lost a lot of in-form players due to injuries, to the detriment of our side. So now we need to manage our fast bowlers a lot more carefully. We have about three fast bowlers who can bowl over 140kph, but if we can nurture a few more to that level it’ll make things easier in terms of rotation.
“Having a participant like Lahiru Kumara could be very a lot a bonus, however we have to handle his bowling load, and with him getting back from harm, we have to get him match match correctly with out dashing him again. As a captain, I’d after all prefer to have each Dushmantha and Kumara, however we have to handle the bowling masses correctly.
“Going forward, we will hopefully have more players coming through from the Under-19 and A team levels, and at that point, we should be able to properly implement a rest and rotation policy. It’s honestly a good thing because if you look at someone like Dushmantha he’s been in a bubble for three months straight.”