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Made changes in technique, minimised mistakes, says Avishka Fernando

Avishka Fernando
Avishka Fernando

Sri Lanka opening batsman Avishka Fernando said that his change of batting technique helped him a great deal to win the Man-of-the-Match award in the third and final One Day International (ODI) against India at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

Fernando hit a top score of 76, his second successive half-century in the series as Sri Lanka beat India by three wickets despite losing the ODI series 1-2.

“After the England tour I worked hard on my batting and made a few changes and that helped me to come back strongly,” he said shortly after the game.

“I did change a few little things between the England series and this one. I had an issue with my front leg going too much to the offside,” he explained.

“So I corrected that in training and then because of that I was able to get back in the runs,” he emphasised.

“I can usually get runs in the powerplay, so I batted my usual way in those overs but I needed to figure out how I bat from that point onwards,” he commented.

“As someone who bats at the top, I needed to be able to play those long innings and I wanted to do that in this series. I was able to do what the team needed,” he smiled.

“Bhanuka (Rajapakse) played his game his way. At that point we didn’t need me to be scoring quickly as well,” Fernando noted.

“So I thought I’d give him the strike, because almost every over he would hit a four or a six. I was able to do that and he was batting well. Because we were able to rotate the strike we put on a good partnership,” he revealed.

“I got the chance to train well ahead of the Indian series and I worked hard with my technique and adjusted a few issues on my foot work.”

“Batting Coach Dhammika Sudharshana gave me some important points to develop my skills on home wickets and that was also a great advantage for me.”

“Winning the Man-of-the-Match Award in the final ODI was a real boost for my future assignments,” Fernando stressed.

“We have a very young side and I expect them to move forward with confidence. I believe we can do well with a good team spirit,” he added.

“As a top order batsman I have to play with more responsibility and that’s why I decided to stay more at the wicket,” he concluded.


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