Former Sri Lankan skipper and current head of the selection panel, Sanath Jayasuriya, has backed the Sri Lankans to do well for their upcoming tour of England. Jayasuriya in particular, has backed the bowling unit of the Sri Lankans to fire and urged his batsmen to take some inspiration from the bowlers. In his latest media briefing, Jayasuriya was fully in support of the Sri Lankan bowlers.
Jayasuriya has made an extremely valid point by backing the bowlers to do well in England. The last time Sri Lanka toured England, the efforts of pacer Dhamikka Prasad helped Sri Lanka clinch their first ever test series win in England. As a matter of fact, on two occasions, the Sri Lankans came close to defeating New Zealand in New Zealand, but batting failures saw them messing up the opportunity. “The one department we are really good at is bowling,” Jayasuriya said. “We have the top best bowling side in the world – five fast bowlers and spinners who are all experienced and very good.”
“The only thing which we are lagging behind is our batting that is where you need to give them a little bit of time,” Jayasuriya said. “You can’t find batsmen overnight you have to be a bit more patient with them.”That is why we have given a chance to Thrimanne; we know how he can perform. He is going through a lean patch and he should get out of it very soon.”
Terming as Sri Lanka’s current squad as the “future”, the southpaw said, “We think the players selected for the England tour is the future of Sri Lanka cricket.” “That’s why I sat with the outgoing chairman of selectors Aravinda de Silva and we picked the team because we needed continuity in what he was thinking and in what we had in mind. “They are talented cricketers we have and we want them to deal with the pressures at international level. What we need to give them is the confidence to play at international level. We need to build their confidence by giving them continuous exposure.”