Sri Lanka’s Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel is happy that the tour of Pakistan enabled them to identify several players with power hitting abilities. Sri Lanka whitewashed the hosts 3-0 in Lahore and will tour Australia for a three match series later this month.
“He is a six hitter. Not just sixes but he clears the ropes by a good distance. We sent him to India with the ‘A’ team and he scored a hundred in hundred balls in an unofficial Test match. In T-20s, you need players who can play like that. After the pull outs, we felt to try him out. We told him to not to get bogged down and just play his natural game. He hit eight sixes in two games which is outstanding. Spinners had no chance against him. He was sweeping them for sixes. Then he was cutting fast bowlers for sixes. This is one of the best attacks in the world mind you. He was hitting them over extra cover for six as well. The knock he played was unbelievable. He shared a 77 run stand with Dasun Shanaka. He was on 65 and Dasun, who is a big hitter as well, was on 12. It was just natural shots not slogging. The Mahela like drives over extra cover were fabulous to watch,” noted De Mel.