Dimuth Karunaratne Not Worried About the Spin Threat of Ashwin-Jadeja
Sri Lanka’s opener Dimuth Karunaratne is ready to think something out of the box to counter India’s lethal spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra in the upcoming three-match Test series starting at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from 16th November. The southpaw was Sri Lanka’s leading run scorer with 285 runs during their 0-3 hammering at the hands of India in September. His 285 runs also included a valiant 141 in the 2nd innings of the opening Test.
“I know Jadeja and Ashwin are both hungry for wickets. Every time they bowl it’s about sticking to the basics. If I don’t give them any chance, they will try to do something else. If we need them to change the field you have to do something extra.
“That’s my gameplan… I wait for the loose ones and I will stick to that. If it does not work I will think out of the box and give some extra pressure to the bowlers,” Karunaratne was quoted as saying by reporters after Day 1 of their practise game against the Board President’s XI.
The southpaw who is coming back from a sensational career-best 196 against Pakistan in the 2nd Test in Dubai last month said that the 141 against India in the 2nd innings of the opening Test was a confidence-booster for him.
“That hundred helped me a lot to take some confidence to Pakistan. It’s not easy wicket to bat in second innings. I was determined to get some runs especially against Ashwin, their wicket-taking bowler on that pitch.
“I was thinking to play first five overs without big shots. I realised it’s not easy. I played a lot of sweep and reverse sweeps and they had to change the field position. That’s my style, to play in my comfort zone and not go for anything else. That’s key and I can bat longer period. that’s my game plan.”
Karunaratne was dismissed twice by Ashwin and once by Jadeja during the previous tour. Karunartne said that he had prepared himself well t face the two spin wizards by practising on dusty wickets back home.
“We have practised on dusty wickets and have another five days before the Test. We will prepare for the good spin attack,” Karunaratne, who scored a fluent 50 from 60 balls against Board President’s XI, said.
When asked what will be his tactics to counter the likes of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, Karunaratne said:
“I played them in the last series. I have a few plans and I know what they’re going to do with me. I’ve prep well. I will stick to that plan, if it needs to be changed I will go and do it.”
He further stated the fact that not playing a left-arm spinner in the practise game was a part f the ploy for Team India as they might include both Jadeja and Kuldeep in the Playing XI for the opening Test.
“They didn’t give us left-arm spinners. It’s not easy I know they will definitely play with Jadeja, and maybe Kuldeep to go alongside Ashwin,” he said.
“We need a bit of confidence going into the series as apart from Angelo and Rangana nobody else has played here. It was good batting-friendly conditions and the ball was not turning much, so most of us batsmen got runs.
“It’s all about runs. It doesn’t matter if they bowl fast or slow, if they bowl good line and length that’s the most the difficult part for a batsman. They bowled really in good areas.”
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