Chandimal will be tested: Atapattu
Hobart, Feb 28: Sri Lanka batting coach Marvan Atapattu believes that youngsters Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal have strengthened the side’s middle-order adding that with skipper Mahela Jayawardene scoring runs at the top of the line-up, the team’s future looked bright.
Atapattu spoke about his role as coach in a pre-match TV interview.
On Mahela Jayawardene
[...] Now that [Lahiru] Thirimanne is scoring runs, that burden is gone is gone from the side. [...] Captain [Mahela] going upfront and getting the runs that we need at the top of the order is the way to go, we think.
On the methods he employs as the batting coach
It’s never my method; it is their method. If at all [I have anything to say, it’s] just reminding them about the good things that they have done [in previous matches]. Hopefully I give them a few more [batting] options to chose from [and they can opt for] whatever is best for them.
On whether this was the start of a tricky period for Dinesh Chandimal
The tough part starts now, everybody knows it. Chandimal himself knows it, more importantly. Now you have to come [out] and show character. Adjust according to whatever fields the opposition is going to set to get [you] out in the next few innings, next few months or years. We have to wait and see how he adapts but I am quite sure being a tough guy and a quick learner, he will do well.