Sri Lankan Head Coach –Chandika Hathurusingha, on Monday, said he never thought he made the wrong decision to join the Lankan side despite having joined the national side with two successive defeats during the Bangladesh tour, saying he “knew that the Islanders could bounce back”.
In 2017, Sri Lanka had suffered three 5-0 whitewashes in One Day Internationals. Their struggle continued in 2018 when they started off the tri-nation series in Bangladesh last month with defeats to Zimbabwe and the hosts. However, the islanders bounced back by winning the tri-nation series as well as winning the Test and T20I series to complete a successful tour.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Chandika Hathurusingha said, “I didn't feel that I had made the wrong choice in committing to Sri Lanka despite the early setback. I knew that we could bounce back. What happened was that the opposition played very well in those earlier games and we took some time to get accustomed to conditions. We overdid a few things I thought, but we were quick to put those mistakes right and get back on track. I didn't play any games and the ones who did deserve all the credit.”
He further added, “I saw that the Bangladeshi media had commented that me having knowledge helped us. But I would like to reiterate that one man cannot make such big changes. We had plans and everyone contributed in executing those plans. The environment in the dressing room was very good. The coaching staff was amazing. The communication was very good. Always told them to back themselves without worrying about the outcome. That was the major turning point in us enabling to turn things around.”
Commenting on Sri Lanka’s preparation for the tri-nation Nidhas Trophy featuring India and Bangladesh, Lankan Coach signed off by saying, “How we plan and go about things will depend on the opposition and what we want to achieve. We have communicated to the players and they know their roles as well. We are preparing all the players to do their roles to be best they can.”