Sri Lanka might have already lost the test series against England, but there is finally something to smile about. The form displayed by batsmen Kaushal Silva and Dinesh Chandimal will definitely be pleasing news for all Sri Lankan fans. The two talented right-handers assure that the future of Sri Lankan batting is in safe hands.
While Silva was dismissed for a well made 60 in the second test at Durham, Chandimal went on to register a fiery century, which saved Sri Lanka from the utter humiliation of an innings defeat. After being rolled over for a paltry 101 in the second innings, not many would have thought that England would have to bat again. But some resolute batting by Silva, Angelo Mathews, and Dinesh Chandimal saw Sri Lanka post 475. Post the loss, Silva said that opting for aggression had reaped dividends for him.
“If you attack any bowler, they will be put on the back foot by that,” Silva said. “If you keep leaving the ball, these bowlers are so skilful that there is still a chance of getting out. Rotating the strike is crucial. When we score runs there is a little pressure on them as well. “Here, the difference is that the good ball is what you should expect – that is what is normal because the skills of their bowlers are great. So to counter that, we have to try and bat positively. Even if the correct decision is to leave, you have to commit wholeheartedly to that.”
Elaborating on his opening role in detail, the right-hander added, “An opener’s role is especially important here because our success has knock-on effects for the team.” “If Dimuth and I bat a good number of overs, the ball gets old and the others find it easier. It’s England’s opening bowlers who are the real wicket-taking threats, and the pressure they apply is immense. In the last innings, Dimuth and I batted 17 overs, and that made it much easier for the rest of the team.”
“We all knew we had it in us to bat like that – it’s just that we weren’t able to in the first three innings. Now a few individuals have scored runs. They’ve got confidence. It’s only after you’ve done it a few times that it becomes easier for you. But we need to replicate that by training with that intensity, then taking it into the next match,” said a confident Silva.