Thirimanne’s attitude and effort awesome, says fielding coach
Five slip catches by Lahiru Thirimanne in England’s first innings of the recently concluded second Test in Galle equaled the Test record. It was the 13th such instance, but Thirimanne was the first to do it for Sri Lanka.
Interestingly, he is the first to take them all off the same bowler (Lasith Embuldeniya), confirms South Africa’s renowned cricket statistician Andrew Samson.
Lahiru’s fielding has been well appreciated by fielding coach Shane McDermott.
Speaking exclusively over the telephone, he said, “Lahiru’s ability to lead by example in the field as a senior player is great and as the fielding coach, I have really enjoyed working closely with him.”
“It was great to see Thirimanne be rewarded with both bat and in the field during this series. His attitude and effort during my time with the team over the last year has been awesome and I’m really happy to see him taking his opportunity as he deserves every success that comes his way.”
“As a group, there will always be areas for improvement but we pride ourselves on excelling in all aspects of our fielding and are committed to being better daily,” he added further.
“Obviously it has been a tough year with minimal time together but we are extremely excited about having international cricket back in Sri Lanka and are looking forward to the challenges ahead,” he signed off.