IND vs SL 2017: Taking A Five-Wicket Haul Against World Number One India Will Be A Good Achievement: Suranga Lakmal
It took Suranga Lakmal close to eight years to play his first Test against India after making his debut way back in 2010, but it did not take him long at all to make a huge impression.
On the very first ball of the ongoing first Test at the Eden Gardens, he removed KL Rahul with a beauty before castling Shikhar Dhawan a short while later. The best of the lot was yet to come as Lakmal had India batting star lbw for a duck to leave the formidable hosts reeling at 17 for 3.
Such was his impact on the bouncy Eden Gardens track that he conceded his first run after seven overs. Not surprisingly, the right-arm pacer was delighted with his efforts and expressed his desire of taking a five-wicket haul against the world number one Test side.
“I have been playing Test cricket for eight years now but this is the first time I am playing against India. I have dismissed so many big names in world cricket but not Kohli. Very satisfied that the planning that I put in, worked and that I was able to dismiss him for a duck,” Lakmal told Cricbuzz.
“I want to take a five-wicket haul here somehow. That will be great if I can do that. India is world’s number one ranked team and doing it against them will be a good achievement,” he added.
The 30-year old further opened up on how he prepared for the challenging series, revealing that he watched videos to prepare separately for every batsman. Lakmal also said he was well aware of his responsibilities as the leader of the bowling unit.
“Prior to this series at home, I watched lot of videos and drew up plans for each Indian batsman. I am the leader of the fast bowling group in the team and I need to lead the team by example. So I feed lot of information to the other four fast bowlers. If I don’t lead by example, the other players lose confidence as well. So I worked hard. Lot of planning went in for this series,” the 30-year-old added.
Lakmal also had a word of praise for the Eden Gardens track which has been giving the pacers a lot to cheer about. Unlike the typical subcontinental wickets, the track is offering ample pace and bounce for the pacers, much to their delight.
“This is the first time in Asia that I have encountered a wicket of this nature. Usually we play on slow turners. Really excited about bowling out here. All my life, I have bowled on flat wickets which don’t help seamers at all. We need five more wickets and we need to dismiss them quickly to have any chance of winning this game. Hopefully the weather stays clear as well,” he said.
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