Batting coach Avishka Gunawardene has conceded that dot balls have become a huge concern for his side. Sri Lanka have won only four of their last 20 ODIs in 2017 and have been comprehensively beaten by India in the first four ODIs of the current series. In none of the previous four games, Sri Lanka have been able to post a total of 250 and Gunawardene said the team is looking forward to address the issue.
“Dot balls have become a big issues for us,” he said on Saturday (September 2). “Our dot-ball ratio in the last 12 months is something like 145 in a game. That is almost 50 percent.That is one area we have to rectify. We have told the team to improve that area. We are trying to see whether we could make an improvement by 15 percent. Picking up singles and rotating the strike is one option,” he added, ahead of the fifth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.
“It has gone beyond our control now. We have to make sure that we try and win the game tomorrow. That is the only way we can turn things around. The mood is not good at the moment in the camp. To be brutally honest, confidence level is really down, naturally so when you are 4-0 down. But I must say that the guys are trying hard. We have been trying to give them certain targets and hopefully we can achieve those targets,” Gunawardene noted.Via