Bangar advices team to move on
16th November 2017
Sri Lanka bowling coach Raumesh Ratnayake today said that the team threw caution to the wind as they had nothing to lose against India.
He said-''We have nothing to lose. The boys are ready for the challenges on this tour and want to prove themselves.''
He opined that Suranga Lakmal bowled one of the best spells in a long time. He said, ''This is the finest spells I have seen in a long time. Also, the wicket was very receptive and helpful. ''
However, Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar, felt batsmen were not getting the time to settle down as there were breaks in between a small session, which made the bowling look so hostile. He said, ''The condition was pretty tough for batting. What did not help us was that we did not get an extended passage of play. It did not allow batsmen to get into any sort of rhythm and it was a very similar to a day-night test match. When you play under such circumstances, playing red ball is very tough because it is difficult to pick.''
The islanders' coach also hoped that the wicket will be lively for at least three days and pitching up the balls would yield success for bowlers. But he felt that the job was notvyet done at all.
He said, ''It was a good toss to win.The grass will stay for two to three days but it will at least for one and half days. Since it is a new wicket, it will remain for one more day.''
But Sanjay Banger seemed confident to tackle such difficult situations. He said, "You will have to grind out quite a bit because there are going to be lot of balls which will beat the outside edge as well as the inside-age of the bat. As a batsman, you need to respect the condition and think about the next ball because as a batsman if you start worrying about the amount of times you are going to get beaten it plays on your mind.The best mindset is to accept you will get beaten on a number of ocassions. On a wicket like this where you might not play a really beautiful shot,you have to play and grind it out and take runs.''
Sanjay Banger also mentioned they chose their right composition and said, ''We got all basis covered as the game goes into the fourth and fifth day, there will be dampness and dent in the pitch. As the game progresses there will variable bounce. Both the spinners are vital to us.We also get swing and seam and pace that we require.We get variety of bowlers."
To make the Test cricket exciting there should be enough moisture and grass in the pitch. Rumesh said,'' When you have a grassy pitch, I believe there is 50-50 chance for both the teams. As a fast bowling coach, I would love to play in this wicket. But for the batsman it can be nightmare.''
However, Sanjay Bangar, seemed to replicate skipper's inspirational speech. He opined, ''We are happy to play on wickets like this. This is team that does not want to play in easy conditions. Most of the players open to challenges. We want to improve continuously as a team.''
CAB MEDIA DESK
Ayan Das and Arindam Basu