Kaluwitharana: ‘Focus should not be on T20 when you are young’

Romesh Kaluwitharana rated Virat Kohli as the favourite batsman among the current lot. He also advised youngsters aged below 19 to keep away from the Twenty20 format.

Romesh Kaluwitharana, a cheeky batsman who would startle pacers with his power-hitting in the 50-overs format, is part of the Sri Lanka Legends squad in Unacademy Road Safety World Series.

The Lankan opener and member of the 1996 World Cup-winning team, said he admired Mahela Jayawardene’s batting, rated Virat Kohli as his favourite batsman among the current lot and advised budding cricketers to keep away from the Twenty20 format. Excerpts:

Your thoughts on playing for Sri Lanka Legends at the Wankhede…

We had a good start, happy to have won against the mighty Australia Legends. They played good cricket, we sneaked through. It feels great to be back in Mumbai and play cricket for a cause.

Post-retirement life

For 11 years I was into coaching and was the coach for Sri Lanka A team for six years. For some reason, I have given up coaching and have my own business, a holiday resort. I am not involved with cricket at the moment…

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