Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas believes several humiliating defeats at the hands of India during the recently concluded home series brought his team together. The hosts were whitewashed 3-0 in Tests and 5-0 in ODIs by Virat Kohli’s side, and also lost the one off T20I to complete a very successful tour with a clean slate.
Sri Lanka will be leaving for the UAE on Sunday (September 24) where they will play two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is, the last of which has been scheduled for Lahore, subject to security clearance.
“The Indian series despite the heavy defeat brought the boys together. If you take Angelo [Mathews], he was injured while trying to help one of the young blokes (Vishwa Fernando) to get a higher grade in the Yo-Yo test during training. A senior player trying to help a young guy says about the camaraderie we have in the squad,” Pothas said during a media briefing on Thursday (September 21).
“Angelo will not be travelling with the squad. He will be in Colombo and will undergo a fitness test before the second Test. If he is good, then he will join the squad in Dubai,” Sri Lanka’s cricket manager, Asanka Gurusinha, said.