On Wednesday, Sri Lanka had a monumental win over Bangladesh where they completed a 3-0 whitewash. This was the first time after 44 months where we won a series. Whats more encouraging was the e performances of younger players who stood up when they had a chance in the final ODI.
Sri Lanka replaced the experianced Nuwan Pradeep, Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera and Dhanajaya de Silva with Kasun Rajitha, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga for the final ODI
Here is what Dimuth Karunaratne had to say after the series.
“They are all pretty good players, and I just wanted to give them a chance because after this match we don’t have many one-day games for a while. They grabbed their chances really well – all the players who played today put their hands up and did a great job. That’s what we want having a lot of competition and a strong bench”
said Karunaratne at the post-match press conference.
“If a player is injured I can easily bring another. I think this is the way we have to build a good lineup. This is the time we have to bring some youngsters for the next couple of years and groom them for the next World Cup.”
“Beyond this team there are others around as well, who are unable to break into this side at the moment – players like (Niroshan) Dickwella and (Danushka) Gunathilaka. You need a lot of players to build up that competition within a team, so that players are constantly putting pressure on each other to perform. If you have a strong bench, the players who are in the team have to take that responsibility”
“We’ve had an issue recently where we didn’t have that strong bench. But players are now ready, and they’ll grab the chances that come their way. I’m really happy about the way the four players that came in today – how they took their chance. But there are a lot of players trying to get that chance, so there’s pressure on the eleven. I have a team I can work with. The youngsters have a great energy about them as well.”
“More than the batsmen, I think we need to look at the bowlers, because we’ve lost Lasith aiya now. He was one of our main bowlers, and someone who put his hand up and got those wickets. We need to find bowlers who can get us wickets”
“We also need to find all-rounders, who are important overseas. We have to find those players who deliver in tough situations. Today, pretty much everyone had a bowl, and they came up with wickets. That’s what I expect when I make a bowling change – that whoever comes on will build pressure and get a wicket. The batsmen also have to perform, because there are now players putting pressure on us.”
“With their experience they gave me a lot of support I had the support of all the players and the support staff and it enabled me to do my job properly and keep things nice and easy,” said Karunaratne.
“We didn’t have much confidence, and that’s what I tried to build as a captain. I know that when I’m low in confidence, that support is what I need. When you are batting, bowling or fielding, players don’t do badly intentionally. We give players the freedom to play their way, and don’t get cross if it doesn’t work out,” explained Karunaratne.
“Someone like Avishka, for example, got 80-odd the other night and got out, but we didn’t go to say anything to him, because I’m sure he will figure those things out on his own. If you build up players’ confidence, they know that everyone in the dressing room backs them. I think that’s how the confidence level has built up.”
courtesy of Daily News