Nic Pothas, however, stressed that the tough tour will only help their players get better. “Any tour to India is going to be though. From an education point of view and our players point of view, I think everyone will leave from here a better player. They’ll now understand mentally what they need to improve or physically what they need to work on,” he said after the T20I in Mumbai on Sunday (December 24).
Sri Lanka are set to see a number of changes ahead of their tour to Bangladesh. Chandika Hathurusingha will take over as head coach and he’s already planning the road ahead. Pothas felt this tour will bring out the best from his players when they play against Bangladesh.
“I think it’ll only get better,” he stated. “You’ve started to see some good performances. We have been good in patches. I would probably say that in the first T20 we didn’t compete at all. In the second T20 there were two fantastic innings played and it’s hard to follow that up. But then we also had a couple of good innings where we competed as well. We certainly competed here.
“They’ve got all bases covered. If you provide them with a green wicket, they’ve got the bowling to knock over other batting lineups. If you give them a flat wicket, they’ve got those bases covered. I watched the interview that Ravi did and he rightly said it’s going to be batting vs batting. If the Indian batsmen score runs, then South Africa are going to find it very tough,” he said.