Sangakkara insists on top class fielding
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara emphasised on the importance of
top class fielding and complimented the young set of players who had
performed exceptionally well in the recent past and rated the upcoming
ICC Champions Trophy as a prestigious one because the top eight teams in
the world will be meeting other in a compelling battle of supremacy.
Sri Lanka will meet host South Africa, who are perched on top of both
versions of the game in the ICC ranking's in the curtain raiser at
Centurion Park in a day\night match today. The South Africans have been
out of international cricket for the last five months since their ODI
series against Australia five months ago while the Sri Lankans won a
home Test and ODI series against Pakistan and a test series against New
Zealand, but lost a T20 series also to Pakistan and was beaten in a
triangular ODI series involving Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. South
Africa will come out fresh in this tournament which could be an
Sangakkara said that his team possessed with a good batting line up
and an excellent bowling attack and if the fielding is not up to the
required standard they will not be able to make much headway.
Our fielding should be at the highest level if we are to be on par
with the other teams.
He further said that youngster Angelo Mathews, Thilina Kandamby,
Chamara Kapugedera and Tilan Samaraweera have done a great job
performing well in the last two ODI against India and the latter two had
scored heavily in South Africa while on an 'A' team tour. He expected
them to continue the good work and improve on it. If the team plays as
one unit he was certain that they could do well.
Talking of the conditions Sangakkara said that a good team should be
able to adopt themselves quickly to difficult conditions. Unless we do
that we cannot class ourselves a good side. Besides batting and bowling,
the mental toughness plays an important role in the game to succeed. We
cannot change the nature of the pitch or the climate so we have to
prepare mentally if we are to win.
The tournament is a prestigious one as it is played between the top
eight cricketing nations in the world and every game is going to be
tough ones irrespective whom you play . They are all going to be tough
games .But with ability in our side I am very confident that we will do
well as long as we keep our fielding standards up, the batting and the
bowling will take care of itself.
"Our main weakness has been our fielding, but that is something that
has been in our control. So that is the point to start with. But at the
same time we got to work hard and have good positive attitude when we
get on to the field no matter what situation we are in where we can turn
it around with just with our fielding.
Of course Sri Lanka will need to get its act together in all three
departments of the game . The bowling will have to get a few paces
better than what it is, going on the recent home performances where more
discipline will be a demanding factor to produce the goods.
The batting has under pressure invariably failed to click,
particularly when chasing and Sangakkara and his top order will need to
face the reality of coming good when it matters.