Sri Lanka’s One-Day International captain Upul Tharanga has stressed on the need to maintain the same intensity levels like the Test team in order to win the five-match series against Pakistan.
“The test team had the hunger to perform well. The players who have come into the ODI side should have the same hunger to win. We spoke a lot about how they won. We didn’t win the Test series by planning for just one day. The plans were laid down days ahead and the players and support staff took a lot of pain to earn the success. We have to play with the same intensity,” Tharanga.
Sri Lanka’s ODI form this year has been dismal with them having lost their last seven games; in 2017, after 21 games, they have only won four matches. “We haven’t played well. The failure was mainly due to bad batting. In the last few ODIs, we have failed to utilise the 50 overs. We have spoken about it. We have to address the issue,” Tharanga added.
Tharanga has had issues with slow over-rates and has been suspended twice since June. Another suspension before next June would mean that he will be banned for six games. “You can’t blame one individual. The entire team has to take responsibility. As captain, it is crucial for me to maintain a good over rate,” he said.
“He also had a decent Provincial tournament and that prompted his selection to Champions Trophy. Yes, his stats are not too impressive, but this will be an important series for him. I hope he has a good series,” the skipper said.