An ODI team in a long stretch in a terrible way, a first-round exit from a major tournament on its way, and a new captain accused of changing luck – Sri Lanka is here now, but England was not there long
The similarities between the current difficult situation in Sri Lanka, after having fallen out of the Asian Cup last month, and the situation in England after their exit from the group stage at the 2015 World Cup, did not They can lose. Both teams have been accused of playing an old-fashioned ODI cricket style. Both parties have experienced significant disruptions during the previous year.
The new day captain of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal, has noticed these parallels and has taken the heart. If it is possible for England to rise up completely and take the first place in the world ranking in just three years, the picture may not be so grim for her own team. Think that the first discipline that needs serious attention is the field.
"In fact, I went back and observed where England was with day-old athletes, they did not even come out of the group stage of the 2015 World Cup. Cup," said Chandimal. "They were really fighting back then, and one of the main things they have been successful since then is that their fielding has been excellent, which is a great lesson for us, because we are in a similar place to where they were in terms of one." Cricket day If we can apply those lessons, then we can defeat this No. 1 team, and it could be a great turning point for us. "
The horrific fielding has haunted Sri Lanka since 2015, with successive coaches who have tried various arrangements , including intensive field training sessions and penalties for lost captures.The board had even taken Jonty Rhodes to Sri Lanka for a 10-day field camp at one stage, however, catch standards have remained poor, with at least three chances in the two recent matches in the Asian Cup.
"That's the biggest change we're trying to make in this series. Give priority to our campaign. And give it a lot of attention, "Chandimal said." We know that with the batting or bowling of the opposition, you can not control that in the day, but we can control our attitude and energy in the field. That is an area that we have identified: a place where we have failed in one day. "Cricket In the last days we worked very hard in our fielding individually and as a group".
In addition to having the task of turning fielding and generally returning Sri Lanka to its former ODI glory, Chandimal must also ensure that he is an active member of the same XI, with the bat. Although it has had periods of high production, it has often been seen that Chandimal's modest scoring rates exemplify the one-day-old cricket type that Sri Lanka is accused of playing.
However, he had not always been a conservative hitter. In his early years in international cricket, Chandimal was almost implacably aggressive, and that is a part of his game he is trying to rediscover, with the help of coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
"When I first arrived, I was hitting very aggressively, but after playing for a while I charge you with the responsibilities of the team and you may have to play in a different way," he said. "There have been some setbacks in one day's cricket, but many times now the coach is talking to me about going back to my normal game now, I'm thinking about playing the ball on its merits instead of thinking too much about the situation of the game. I think I've had some success with that in the last few weeks, I hope more in this series. "