India vs Sri Lanka: Nic Pothas claims visitors have been 'good in patches' despite losing in all formats on the tour

Pothas is set to go to Bangladesh in his original capacity of fielding coach after filling up the vacant head coach's job in India.

PTI, Dec 25, 2017 12:43:25 IST

Mumbai: Sri Lanka won just one ODI in the just-concluded full tour of India but their coach Nic Pothas has sought to take the positives, saying his side were good in patches and would return home as better players.

Sri Lanka lost the three-match Test series 0-1, followed by 1-2 defeat in the ODIs and then suffered 0-3 humiliation in the T20 Internationals. They lost the third and final T20I game by five wickets in Mumbai on Sunday.

File image of Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas. AP

File image of Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas. AP

"We have been good in patches. I will probably say that in the first T20 we did not compete at all, in the second T20 you had two fantastic innings," said Pothas.

"So we've competed then and we've competed here as well. Certainly, you've seen glimpses of where we're heading, and hopefully this next tour to Bangladesh, this is going to stand us in very, very good state," he said.

The 44-year-old South Africa-born Pothas, who has played 200 first class games as a wicket-keeper-batsman, besides turning out for a handful of ODIs, is set to go to Bangladesh in his original capacity of fielding coach after filling up the vacant head coach's job in India.

The Lankans are to visit Bangladesh for a short tour to play a couple of Tests and as many ODIs between 31 January and 18 February.

"Any tour to India is going to be tough and I think from an educational point of view and the development of our players, it has been fantastic. Everyone is going to leave here as a better player, whether it be mentally understanding what they need to improve or physically within their skills," he said.

"So, I think you've always got to look at the opportunity that we've been given to come to India and certainly there's a lot of these that we need to work on. But everyone is going to leave with a better place and with a better understanding of their own game," added Pothas.

Updated Date: Dec 25, 2017 12:43:25 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254