Nic Pothas Says Sri Lanka Won’t Get Intimidated by a Strong Indian Team
Sri Lanka head coach Nic Pothas has said that the whitewash suffered at the hands of India across all formats very recently has taught them a few lessons and they won’t be overawed by the aura and charisma of the current Indian team who are currently dominating all forms of cricket. India thrashed the Lankans in all 3 Tests, 5 ODI’s and a T20I in July-September.
“Thanks for reminding us now (the defeats). It’s always a pleasure to come here and challenge ourselves against a very very good team,” said Pothas.
After the dubious tour of India, Sri Lanka came back strongly and defeated Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series in UAE.
“We learnt how Indian team does well and the areas we needed to improve,” said Pothas.
When asked what changes the team has made in such a short span of a couple of months Pothas said:
“It’s internal — the discipline, the culture and how the teams stick together. When we took on India, we were all pretty new from the support staff and the players involved.”
Pothas stressed on the fact that the Sri Lankan players need to play to their strengths and not get intimidated by India.
“We focus on ourselves. The mistake you can make here is come and be infatuated with the Indian side and concentrating too much on them. We know they are a good side. But we played them months ago.”
“We are concentrating on our strengths and jobs. If we execute them well, it will be a challenging series. Not many teams have come here and won. Sometimes you can get hung up on weaknesses. We go the other way and focus on what we do well.”
Sri Lanka managed to oust Pakistan 2-0 in UAE, and the coach credited the conditions added with the absence of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan in the Pakistan team which made their job that much easier.
“It was a completely different series against Pakistan. We were there in 41 degrees heat and they had lost two legends. That probably made a little bit easier for us,” said Pothas. ‘
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