After being appointed as Sri Lanka’s ODI skipper, Kusal Perera on Thursday mentioned that his facet must play fearless cricket so as to win extra matches of cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday introduced an 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI collection towards Bangladesh. The crew will depart for Bangladesh on May 16 and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Namal Rajapaksa gave his approval for the squad. Sri Lanka can be led by Kusal Perera whereas Kusal Mendis can be his deputy for the three-match ODI collection.
“We have to fearless cricket to win matches. You can’t be fearful about losing. If you’re worried about your place, you aren’t going to give 100 per cent. What I’m going to tell the players is to go and give it everything. If we play fearlessly even when we are practicing, then you will be able to play the same way in a match. That’s what I’ve told the team. If we are fearful, we will fall even further. I’m trying to build a culture where the players have a lot of confidence,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Perera as saying.
The three-match collection which is part of the ODI Super League can be held on May 23, 25, and 28, inside a bio-bubble stretching between the crew resort and Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Sri Lanka will arrive in Dhaka on May 16, after which the facet will full a three-day quarantine. The guests will then play a apply match on May 21.
“I really like to play fearless cricket personally, and that’s where my success has been. Whenever I’ve played with fear, it hasn’t worked for me. I want everyone else to play like that. You can’t guarantee that you will go right playing this way, but the chances of things going well are greater,” mentioned Perera.
“But you have to practice well to instill that fearlessness. Because if you are 100 per cent certain about the shot you’re playing, you can play without fear. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Where does the ball need to be for me to hit it? Will I get myself in trouble by hitting there? You need to have that understanding. If you’re a bowler, you need to know which ball can get you a wicket, and which will help you bowl a dot. These things help you play fearlessly. As a fielding unit, you have to carry that same ethos as well, and I have big hopes for the upcoming Bangladesh series about our fielding,” he added.
After the conclusion of the ODI collection on May 28, the Sri Lankan crew will depart on the next day. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh just lately performed a two-match Test collection, which was received by the previous. Sri Lanka had defeated Bangladesh by 209 runs within the second Test, whereas the primary led to a draw.
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