After passing some difficult time last year, Sri Lanka have started off the new year with some amazing achievements. After winning the tri-nation series, they have also won the Test series 1-0 against Bangladesh.
The most experienced player in the side Rangana Herath believes that this a start of a new journey for the Test team. Herath said in the post match presentation: “It’s good for Sri Lanka cricket. I would like to congratulate him (Dananjaya) for taking eight wickets on debut. I have seen him a lot even when he was starting, he played for Sri Lanka at the age of 18 in the 2012 World Cup. So I can see a better and bigger future in him.”
Herath also claimed that the batters played well against spin compared to Bangladesh: “If you see the scenario, we scored 220 and they got out for 110 runs. So we had a lead of around 110 runs. So when such situations come you always get a bit of pressure off the bowlers. That’s what happened, at the same time our batters batted well against spin.”
On the rebuilding process: “When Sanga and Mahela left the team, it was a lot of runs [that left as well]. Now, for the last three years later we are rebuilding the side… but now I can see the proper team with youth and experience, especially Roshen, Dananjaya and Kusal Mendis.”
Herath added: “Not only this one, even when we played in Dubai we won 2-0 against Pakistan. Had a bad series in India. So, all in all, I feel we have started another journey with the Test team and hopefully we can continue with that.”