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Sri Lanka coach Pothas distances himself from Chandimal non-selection


"I would like to keep performing well; that would be my goal because if I don't perform there are such great batsmen in our side that anyone can take the place", the 31-year-old said.

The chief characteristic of Australia when they ruled world cricket was how they kept the opposition down even when victory was a foregone conclusion. "I thought they will score 300 runs but they lost lot of wickets in the middle and we dominated the game", said Dhawan.

Around 50 fans of the Sri Lankan cricket team gathered near the team bus to protest against their team's lack of fight during their crushing loss to India.

Pothas, who took up coaching duties after Graham Ford quit mid-contract end of June, said there had been too many changes. Brilliant. They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys. "You get frustrated. You can't fault anyone within that changing room".

New ODI skipper Upul Tharanga's request to Sri Lankan fans to be patient seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

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"I embrace that period also". You'd see massive improvements. "You give them a little bit of time - you give them a little bit of love, a little bit of care, and build up that confidence, you'll see results quick", Pothas added. In his last nine innings against Sri Lanka, Rohit has not scored in double digits. This is, however, the first time a team insider has spoken out about the challenges this kind of selection policy presents. "Once he starts going, it's very hard to stop him". From the player's point of view it's very hard. Add the dominance factor and the ruthless streak that India have shown and we might just have the ingredients to create a dynasty.

The hosts collapsed from 139 for one and were bowled out for 216 runs, which India chased down with 21.1 overs to spare yesterday.

"Yeah, it's tough. We probably didn't read the situation well enough". Yes, there were some execution issues as well.

The national selection committee, headed by former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, has fielded 40 players in ODIs since taking over the role in May a year ago.

"We are talking about the good health of our nation and clearly in sometime, we are going to have healthier people around, because it is about living a healthy lifestyle, being fit, being more active and what is going to happen after that is something that we can be proud of".


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