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




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3547 122
4 New Zealand 2940 118
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114