Sri lanka has been fortunate or unfortunate enough to play india back to back in a short period of time. SL will do well to take the harsh lessons taught to heart and build towards the future.
PLAYING WITH INTENSITY
Watching these teams play the high intensity that india play with is quite remarkable .Much of it is driven by virat kohli and his desire to win.In the field mistakes are not tolerated,batsmen are required to play the situations ,bowlers are required to run in hard whatever the match situation.Comparatively SL are lethargic in the field,mistakes are tolerated . Any kind of pressure on the batting /bowling panic sets in.Sri lanka needs to improve their approach and play with a higher level of intensity .SL captains need to be more authoritative and demand better from every player.
PICK THE CORRECT PLAYER FOR THE CORRECT FORMAT
Interesting that ashwin,jadeja,ishant Sharma,pujara are not regulars for the ODI team.Rohit Sharma doesn’t play much test cricket .India have been great at rotating players and getting the best combinations for each format.
When has sri lanka ever categorized players according to their ability .If a young player does well play him in every format wait for him to fail,move onto the next (kusal mendis).It was apparent sadeera samarawickrama didn’t have the defensive technique to open the batting in tests. But selectors didn’t mind feeding him to wolves . While roshen silva languished a long time in the waiting list.
SL needs to look closely at every players skill set and mentality. Change the trend of just picking players out of hope (Thirimanne lol).
FIND A BOWLING UNIT
While the focus has been mainly on the batting the bowling has pretty much gone unnoticed .SL Now has a framework of a young batting unit with the likes of Gunathilaka,dickwella,de silva,mendis,samarawickrama and the promising asalanka.(Given that the selectors don’t destroy their careers).Time to focus on finding international quality bowlers .
If you want to win test matches you need wicket taking bowlers .Rangana herath is on his way out.Dilruwan and Sandakan can’t create enough pressure to pickup wickets .Lakmal tries manfully but without the ability to reverse swing he only has one trick.Lahiru gamage simply is not test quality.SL needs to restructure their test bowling .especially find guys that can pick wickets in any conditions .
In ODIs they have two very good spinners in vandersay and ahkila.SL needs to find guys that can stop the hemorrhaging of runs in the last 15 overs.Finding the next malinga should be the one of the top objective for the ODIs.
SL were quite lucky to play india ,in a rebuilding phase.Their weaknesses were thoroughly exposed .It’s upto the players to learn and keep improving.