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Lanka ready for Indian challenge


12th November 2017
Sri Lanka tested their full battalion in the warm match against Board President XI as the islanders did not want leave any stone unturned before they lock horn with India.
After the warm-up match Sri Lankan bowling coach, Raumesh Ratnayake told the media: "We are touring India after eight years. The Indian team is in supreme touch in test cricket. This is first Indian tour for the most of the players, so we are covering every ground in the nets as well as in the warm-up game."
The bowling coach mentioned that they planned accordingly and tried to improve in many aspects. He hoped that the team will execute those plans well in the match, saying the team is looking forward to take up the challenge. In spite of the inexperience of the players in India, they have been in the international circuit for a while, so they’ll respond in India too.
“We are trying to take it as challenge and see we can sort of improve on. We discussed we can do in the areas of batting, in the areas of bowling and discussed a lot. We know the players which we are hoping to meet. So, hopefully the strategies work out. We can only plan and hopefully execution comes into right. So we are ready for it. I know it’s a huge challenge for us but we are ready for it but we want to make sure that we execute things right,” said Ratnayake.
The bowling coach cleared why Angelo Mathews did not bowl in the practice matches." Since, the team has players like Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshan Silva, Dasun Shanaka to fill in the spot of Mathews; he has not bowled in the tests for a while. We are not taking him as a bowler.”
He further added, (the decision of bowling Mathews) depends on the options and combinations and also the composition of the Indian side.
Rangana Herath did not bend his back in the match as the Sri Lankan team management wanted to keep the veteran fresh for the long series. "He has been one of the main pillers of Sri Lanka. So we do want him to spend his energy before the series," he added. As the lions are going through a transition period after the whitewash at home, the new team needs to be settled down, something with which India coped up previously. Indian team management spoke about the transition period when they talked to the players. On asked about how he would motivate his players, he said- “I’m not sure about that. That’s an option. The management consists of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and the others and whom I’ve played against (did that). I would have certainly do that, meet them after matches, may be in the hotel and speak to Lanka ready for Indian challenge
Sri Lanka tested their full battalion in the warm match against Board President XI as the islanders did not want leave any stone unturned before they lock horn with India.
After the warm-up match Sri Lankan bowling coach, Raumesh Ratnayake told the media: "We are touring India after eight years. The Indian team is in supreme touch in test cricket. This is first Indian tour for the most of the players, so we are covering every ground in the nets as well as in the warm-up game."
The bowling coach mentioned that they planned accordingly and tried to improve in many aspects. He hoped that the team will execute those plans well in the match, saying the team is looking forward to take up the challenge. In spite of the inexperience of the players in India, they have been in the international circuit for a while, so they’ll respond in India too.
“We are trying to take it as challenge and see we can sort of improve on. We discussed we can do in the areas of batting, in the areas of bowling and discussed a lot. We know the players which we are hoping to meet. So, hopefully the strategies work out. We can only plan and hopefully execution comes into right. So we are ready for it. I know it’s a huge challenge for us but we are ready for it but we want to make sure that we execute things right,” said Ratnayake.
The bowling coach cleared why Angelo Mathews did not bowl in the practice matches." Since, the team has players like Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshan Silva, Dasun Shanaka to fill in the spot of Mathews; he has not bowled in the tests for a while. We are not taking him as a bowler.”
He further added, (the decision of bowling Mathews) depends on the options and combinations and also the composition of the Indian side.
Rangana Herath did not bend his back in the match as the Sri Lankan team management wanted to keep the veteran fresh for the long series. "He has been one of the main pillers of Sri Lanka. So we do want him to spend his energy before the series," he added. As the lions are going through a transition period after the whitewash at home, the new team needs to be settled down, something with which India coped up previously. Indian team management spoke about the transition period when they talked to the players. On asked about how he would motivate his players, he said- “I’m not sure about that. That’s an option. The management consists of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and the others and whom I’ve played against (did that). I would have certainly do that, meet them after matches, may be in the hotel and speak to them and get known each other from the age of 16-17.”
However, the islanders are keen to bounce back and promise a competitive series after all the hard work they put in since coming in India.
and get known each other from the age of 16-17.” However, the islanders are keen to bounce back and promise a competitive series after all the hard works they put in since coming in India.


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