Hashan Tillakaratne questions shot selection of Lankan batsmen

The coach expressed his displeasure with how his team folded up in the first innings for a paltry 135 in reply to India’s huge 487.

Published: 14th August 2017 12:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 12:58 AM   |  A+A-

India's Mohammed Shami left celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga right during the second day's play of their third cricket test match in Pallekele Sri Lanka Sunday Aug. 13 2017. | AP


PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne today chided his batsmen for their cross-batted shots against the Indian spinner as the hosts staring at a massive defeat in the third Test.

The coach expressed his displeasure with how his team folded up in the first innings for a paltry 135 in reply to India’s huge 487.

“Playing spin, even from Zimbabwe series we couldn’t cope up with. Second innings of that match and second innings of the SSC Test, the boys played really well. But there was no continuity,” Tillakaratne said at the press conference.

"When you play Test cricket these shots are highly uncalled for. They looked very immature and played some bad shots. We did practice these shots especially to counter Ashwin and Jadeja but cross-batted shots were highly uncalled for. It was not on,” he added.

However, Tillakaratne said the team needs support in this self-created crisis

“It’s a disappointing day. We batted so poorly today. I am sure the boys have realised where we went wrong sure. They will come out with a better plan tomorrow. There are so many things that you can say when the team is not doing too well.

This is the time we must back these guys and give them confidence,” said Tillakaratne.

“We thought after the second innings of the second Test that we had laid a very good platform but we couldn’t build on after that. We need to be patient with them. They are playing against the no.1 side in the world.

"I am not seeking any excuses but these boys are well experienced but they do a lot of mistakes while batting. They are a little down in confidence and I am sure they will put up a good fight tomorrow,” he added.

India are headed for a 3-0 clean sweep having won the Galle and Colombo matches and the coach acknowledged that only a miracle can save the side.

"We won 3-0 against Australia with the same side but we are a little down in confidence. We need one or two guys to put up their hands and do a miracle. I am sure the boys are very much confident and they want to do the needful,” the coach said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.