Chandimal not playing for records, says his coach after triple century
Army Sports Club’s Dinesh Chandimal, who became Sri Lanka’s highest domestic scorer 354 runs (Not Out) against Saracens SC on Wednesday was not playing for the records, according to his team coach Saman Jayantha.
“Yes, Chandi was aware about Mahela Jayawardana’s Test record of 374 runs but he did not wish to continue to break it. Instead, he wanted to take the chances of outright winning. The players of the opposite team were very tired and we wanted to grab their few wickets,”
speaking exclusively over telephone, he said.
“Outright win can get us 19 points and a chance to go up in the ranking. Winning the match is more important than individual records.”
Chandimal, however, did break Kithuruwan Vithanage’s five-year-old record. Vithanage, playing for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club had scored 351 runs against Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club at the Air Force Ground, Katunayake on February 14, 2015.
Meanwhile, promising Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Kusal Mendis scored his first double century in the last round. He was unbeaten on 200 off 300 balls with 24 fours and 1 six against Nondescripts Cricket Club.
Sri Lanka’s post-corona international cricket journey will start with a three-match Test series against Bangladesh on October 24.