Sri Lanka coach Pothas seeks free hand to lead revival

Sri Lanka coach Pothas seeks free hand to lead revival

Virat Kohli and Upul Tharanga. Those things may happen after the competitive zone is over and done with the series.

Talking about the slump in form which he had experienced, Dhawan said, "I have already had a slump so I don't think about it". However, the successful team has been having a great time in the island country so far. Now, a significant knock from him will calm the collective nerves of the Indian team and fans.

"We have not taken a final decision, but there will be changes".

Mental preparation was key to standing upto challenges, according to the captain. "We also want to be the best fielding side on the park", he added. It has often been said that thanks to the IPL, no one has seen more of Malinga than India's batsmen, but it is also true that Malinga knows those batsmen better than anyone else. Rahul, who did not get an opportunity will be itching to prove his potential at the crucial number 4 spot. "You give them a little bit of time - you give them a little bit of love, a little bit of care, and build up that confidence, you'll see results quick", he elaborated.

Truth be told, the glorious past of Sri Lankan cricket is long behind them and the retirement of their two modern-day legends in Sangakkara and Jayawardene has left gaping holes in the dressing room. That's a very personal choice. As a team all I can say is that we go out 100 percent to win the match. You get frustrated. Am I angry with the players? And I felt that the pitch was very good, the way Sri Lanka started the innings. "But you can't really control what's happening from another person, you can only control what you can do on the park and the mindset that you can be in".

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Most recently, a section of the crowd unleashed its anger on the players after the team's nine-wicket thrashing by India in the first ODI, chanting "no to politics, give us our cricket back". "That's pretty obvious", said the coach. I would like to keep performing well.

In 10 ODIs against Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan has hit 757 runs at an average of 84.11 and a strike rate of 96.67.

While one limited-overs legend wanes, a bowler that has benefited from Malinga's mentorship aspires to fulfil a similar role for his team. Between this period India played Tests -a format he quit in 2014 - against Bangladesh and Australia. "We've got to take that on the chin as staff, as players, and that's the reality of sport", said Pothas after the heavy defeat.

Most coaches like to be behind the scenes, letting the players hog all the limelight in good times.

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