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New Coach Cannot Perform Miracles, Says Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera

Cricketnext Staff |January 20, 2018, 12:04 PM IST
New Coach Cannot Perform Miracles, Says Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera

After a humiliating 163 run loss to Bangladesh on Friday, Sri Lanka are on the verge of exiting from the tri-nation series which has Zimbabwe as the third team. The result has raised questions about the credibility of the new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, while all-rounder Thisara Perera defended him and said that the coach can’t perform miracles.

Speaking after the defeat, the left handed batsman said, “Having Chandika Hathurusingha is a plus point for us, because he is one of the best coaches in the world. Previously I have worked with him in the Sri Lanka A team as well. But he needs time. No one can do miracles. I think it is time for the team to step up, with this new coach.”

Led by Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka lost their opening game of the tournament to Zimbabwe by 12 runs and are likely to crash out earlier than they would have liked. When quizzed on the results, Perera pointed out that the side struggled to execute the batting plans against Bangladesh.

“This is definitely a 300-run wicket – our batting just didn’t click. When we look at the last match against Zimbabwe, we have a lot of positives to take from our batting, but in this match, we couldn’t execute our batting plans,” the 28-year old said. “Again we didn’t execute our bowling plans in the match, but we came back strong after Shakib and Tamim batted well. It looked like a 350 score but it came down to 320. Our bowling unit is also doing well in the first 10 overs,” he further noted.

Perera believes the Lankans have it in them to make a comeback, but also said that, “Think we should keep our heads up, because no one should underestimate us. No one can say when we will rise up. I have faith that we can go far with our new coach.”

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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