Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Visitors' resolve strengthened by India thrashing, says coach Nic Pothas

Sri Lanka were handed a drubbing on home soil against India, losing all nine games against the formidable tourists in a humiliating whitewash across all three formats of the game.

AFP, Sep, 21 2017

Colombo: Sri Lanka cricket coach Nic Pothas said Thursday a series of thumping defeats by India had strengthened resolve and even boosted morale as the squad seeks redemption against Pakistan later this month.

The islanders were handed a drubbing on home soil against India, losing all nine games against the formidable tourists in a humiliating whitewash across all three formats of the game.

Pothas said the whitewash had bolstered spirits ahead of Sri Lanka's two Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan.

File image of Sri Lanka's limited-overs team. AP

File image of Sri Lanka's limited-overs team. AP

"That (defeat) actually makes morale even stronger," the former South Africa international told reporters ahead of the squad's departure to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the tour gets underway on 28 September.

The squad had been instructed ahead of the first Test to put negative publicity out of mind as Sri Lanka's press mauls the poorly performing side.

"They are writing bad stuff about you. You have a choice. That happens to athletes all around the world... If someone shoots a bullet at you, you can wimp away or say 'You are completely wrong'," Pothas said.

In July, Sri Lanka lost a three-match ODI series on home soil to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe, hot on the heels of their early exit from the Champions trophy in England.

Tempers boiled over as Sri Lanka lost the ODI series against India in August in three straight matches, with fans booing the home side and lobbing bottles.

But Pothas said the squad had bounced back and was training solidly in the run-up to the Pakistan tour.

"We have a few things in place, and of course winning games of cricket builds confidence, but this is a fantastic bunch of players who are all very, very good friends," he said.

Former skipper Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the first Test due to injury. Two uncapped players have been brought into a 15-member squad.

Published Date: Sep 21, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017




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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119