Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has said that he is very impressed with the way the inexperienced spin attack performed against Bangladesh.
“I’m really happy with their performance. At a time when we didn’t have anyone experienced in the spin bowling department, they came and bowled like experienced players, and performed their roles to perfection. Ramesh can improve a little bit more in terms of his lines and lengths and the way he builds pressure. But Praveen did his job 100%. He played like a bowler who seemed not to have played only 10 first-class matches. It’s a great sign for the future of our Test cricket,” Karunaratne said after the fifth day’s play.
“The seniors just gave them confidence. Some players can panic at times when they come into the Test arena, because they try a lot of things. We tried to tell them to play as if they would play a regular first-class game, and to handle the pressure that way. Praveen absorbed pressure really well and did all that. Ramesh could improve that a little bit. But it’s also his second Test, and when he gets to 15-20 Tests, he’ll be able to get the hang of all that,” he said.
“He (Jayawickrama) does the simple things well. He pitches the ball in the right spot. That’s something we saw from Rangana Herath as well. He makes the batsman play, and gives the ball a chance to do something. When you play at this level, you have to have that consistency in line and length. That was his secret. I think Ramesh also gave him a lot of help from the other end, in terms of building pressure. That bowling partnership was good, and they had an understanding because they also play for the same club,” he said.