“There’s no excuse if you can’t make 400 runs in the first innings. You can’t compete against any team without a decent first innings total. We are playing world’s best ranked team. We won the toss and the best conditions in a Test match is the first three days. We spoke of the need to take the game to the final day. That’s the only way to let the opposition panic and put pressure on them,” Chandimal said in an interview with Cricbuzz.
We know that they are playing only four bowlers. If we could have taken their bowlers into the third spell, they will be in trouble because they miss that fifth bowler. They are also human and fatigue will take to them. That was our plan but the execution was horrendous,” Chandimal explained.
Chandimal was heartbroken that Sri Lanka’s heaviest defeat in Tests had come under his charge. “Very sad. As captain, I came to India with big hopes. I was hopeful we will be competitive after the success we had in Pakistan. We need to come out of the hole that we have dug ourselves into.”
“I thought our bowlers did a decent job. You can’t do much when you have put on only 200 runs in the first innings. We did well to keep them down to 3.5 runs an over. But whereas in Sri Lanka we conceded 4.5 to 5 runs an over against them. The fielding was top class throughout the 176 overs when India batted.”