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India Vs Sri Lanka: Nic Pothas Lashes Out at Players after Hard Work 

India Vs Sri Lanka: Nic Pothas Lashes Out at Players after Hard Work
Pothas gets direct for players. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As of now, nothing is going right in Sri Lanka’s way with another loss which subsequently infuriated their interim team coach Nic Pothas, who revealed the quality domestic cricket could make it better for the national selectors when it comes to the selection procedure.

“Once we get into a four-day format of high-quality cricket, it will actually make it easier to select people than any other factors,” Pothas was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

As Lankan batsmen have clearly struggled in the second Test in Nagpur, Pothas has further taken a dig at players after failing to spend quality time at the crease.

“Hugely disappointing because we have worked extremely hard. It’s embarrassing. Players should be embarrassed in their own performances,” Pothas added.

While suffering the biggest loss by an innings and 239 runs, Pothas reiterated the competitive four-day fixture has a considerable role to play in the top-flight cricket.

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Pothas wants improvement in a domestic leg. Photo Credit: AP.

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Pothas, who takes a dig at domestic cricket, was appointed as the Sri Lankan fielding coach in July 2016, further succeeded Graham Ford in June, early this year went on to state that the reason behind the poor performance could also be the poor domestic structure prevailing in Lanka.

Pothas remarked Lankan have struggled to occupy the crease which has also been the cause of the concern when it comes to the longer version of the game.

After Lions, batting coach Thilan Samaraweera made it clear that his national side has failed to handle spin well since past two years which has already seen veterans in the form of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene speaking about the long-stand issue in the past.

“That is being addressed now. Kumar (Sangakkara) and Mahela (Jayawardene) have spoken about that at length and it is being looked into,” Pothas maintained.

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India dominates Sri Lanka. Photo Credit: BCCI.

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Interestingly, at home, Lanka was whitewashed by 3-0, as fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas and opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne maintained the hard-fought competition has been lacking in the domestic leg.

Pothas reiterated it would be too much to ask the players to stay longer at the crease in the Test format while particularly facing the decent bowling line-up.

“It’s unfair on our part to ask batters to come and try replicating that in a Test match against high-quality bowling,” Pothas asserted.

Moreover, Pothas believes a day plays a significant role in domestic formats, as Lankan first-class leg is spread over three-day.

“It’s a huge contributing factor playing three-day and four-day cricket. If we have a format that gives you an opportunity to bat four to six hours,” Pothas concluded.

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India is having an unassailable lead of 1-0 with third Test beginning from December 2 in Delhi. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The miserable performance from Sri Lanka could be further explained by the three fifties scored by visitors in both the innings which further saw the Lions bowling failed to contain the hosts’ batsmen.

India posted the staggering total of 610 for six which included a double hundred of skipper Virat Kohli followed by century each from Rohit Sharma followed by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara.

In a bid to make way for more teams, the Lankan cricket administration has extended the number of teams to 24, as it is different from India’s premier league Ranji Trophy while considering the number of days.

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