Sri Lankan Cricket No Longer Spinning Out Talent

Praveen Jayawickrama frustrated playing for the Sri Lankan cricket team.
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You’re a guest at someone’s house and refuse cake. Yet they tell you it’s the best tasting cake in the world. Why refuse? Likewise, why did Sri Lankan cricket do the same on the first day of the second Test against India in Bengaluru. It is mind-numbing that over the four years since Rangana Herath has retired, the spin bowling department still does not possess a player who can generate any real control. How many domestic searches is it going to take? How many hours of net practice is it going to take? How many trips to the drawing board are SLC willing to take?

Surely if Sri Lanka have pondered these questions, we wouldn’t be seeing the atrocious levels of performance the bowlers served up today The were SLC were likely scratching their heads in unison with us. You might be thinking we shouldn’t go overboard with criticisms if the opposition in front of us have an infinitely wealthier pool of talent and richer structure. That is understandable. What isn’t is why someone could turn up and give their slow left arm a roll to improve on without anyone noticing the difference.

What happened to the formidable spin attack that Sri Lanka was once known for? Gone are the days where Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera could take wickets between them while keeping runs down in long spells in spin-friendly conditions. Now it’s just passing a piece of the cake to the opposition without even expecting a thank you back

India have a formidable batting line up, with even Axar Patel capable at number nine. The weird thing is, Sri Lanka bowled them out in the end but it could have for so much less. Every over, there were poor balls being littered to both extreme lengths including full tosses and short long hops. It has been predicted by some that this Test will end within two days, but it looks far from certain that Sri Lanka will be on the right end of that result. Even the fiercest Sri Lankan cricket supporter might agree with that.

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