Good individual performances can lead to victory
Perhaps when a foreign team loses on our turf wickets, the comments
made by the losing foreign teams in that our wickets are slow and made
for spin bowlers. As for the Australian bowling side, it was their fast
bowlers who got the wickets. This goes to show that our batsmen are weak
against fast bowling and capable of facing opposing teams having
spinners on our wickets.
Perhaps the way our Sri Lankan player performs depends on what amount
of confidence and ability each player has when batting or bowling. It is
wrong to find fault with the selections or administration when players
do not perform.
I feel the coach should study during a match and advise or show any
weakness in batting, bowling or fielding for the player not to do it in
the next match. I do not know how much a foreign coach is capable of
moulding a good cricketer since foreign coaches are not available to
watch the up and coming future talented players, since a single foreign
coach is not available to watch domestic tournaments. Is it a foreign
coach who makes or breaks a cricketer? It is the player, who has to make
his mind and body work in order to perform. This was clearly seen by the
performance of Kusal Mendis in the first and second Test by getting a
big score, thus building up the foundation for our victory.
It is high time our players make big scores in batting and in bowling
get as many wickets to worry the batsman.
FORMER SRI LANKAN CRICKETER