Premadasa wicket suits us: Dilshan
Colombo, July 28: After the two matches in Hambantota, the Sri Lanka-India ODI series moves to Colombo. Tillakaratne Dilshan, the hosts’ opening batsman and one of the senior members of the side, believes levelling the series before coming to their favourite venue will prove to be beneficial for the team.
Excerpts from Dilshan’s pre-match TV interview
With the series levelled at 1-1, this is an important match.
It was a good comeback in the 2nd match for us. It was good to level the series before coming here. This is a very important match for us. This ground suits us and we’ve played a lot of cricket here. We can carry the momentum from the last match.
This is no more a bat first wicket; win the match kind of wicket that it used to be.
Now it’s a totally different wicket. We can win matches batting second as well. In the World Cup we chased down totals successfully in the quarter-final and semi-final with ease. This is a similar wicket. We cannot assume which way the result will go.
The opening pair of you and Upul Tharanga coming good is a positive for the team?
Upul and myself are doing a great job since the last two years. We have been giving the team good starts. We did that in the last game and hope to do the same again.
The all-rounders are coming good as well?
Yes, that is always a positive. Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews are doing really well. It’s good for the team’s balance that both these players contribute with both bat and ball. They’re the future of Sri Lankan cricket and it looks bright.
How are your hands and fingers? You appeared in pain when you dropped a couple of catches in the last two games.
I’m still struggling with a bruise on one finger. That’s another area where I can improve from the last two matches. I’ll try to put in my best fielding effort today. it’s important for the team that I field well.