National fast bowling coach speaks out

Sri Lanka’s charismatic national fast bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake met up with staff to share his thoughts on many aspects related to the art of fast bowling in Sri Lanka.

Q: Currently, Sri Lanka is blessed with so many quality fast bowlers unlike in the past. What has attributed to this sudden change?

Even in the past we had some impressive fast bowlers but unfortunately most of them fell out due to fitness and injury issues. Nowadays the game has changed so much and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is offering so much of support by way of professional training and facilities. In the past there were so many quick bowlers who fell out due to financial constraints, but SLC has contracted so many players ,that such unfortunate events will not happen in the future.

Q: You mentioned that we had impressive fast bowlers in the past, do you believe that they bowled as quick as Malinga or Dilhara?

I can safely mention that Greame Labrooy and Rumesh Rathnayake bowled well in excess of 140KmpH. Rumesh at his peak would have touched 150Kmph. But unfortunately for him most of his performances came amidst niggling injuries. If not, his career stats would be far more impressive.

Q: In your current fast bowling academy do you have anyone who can bowl in that speeds range (140-150Kmph)?

Yes there is! Nuwan Pradeep Fernando can touch 150Kmph mark as of now. He’s got express pace and he’s also accurate. He’s a very special bowler. Comes at the batsman with a very long run up and his pace has troubled many batsmen in the domestic circuit.

Q: Does he have ability to swing the ball?

He can swing the ball both ways although he’s yet to master the control of the inswinger. He’s also got ability to reverse swing the old ball.

Q: If he’s got all the attributes as you mentioned, why is he not playing for Sri Lanka?

He needs to improve his fitness to improve his sustainability. Nuwan needs a few more seasons of domestic Cricket as he is new to leather ball Cricket. Other than that he has all the attributes of becoming an international sensation.

Q: Any positives you witnessed of your lads at the recently concluded Inter Provincial tournament?

Thilan Thushara impressed me with the way he came back after getting hit for 60 runs during the previous game. The way he worked hard and won the Semi Final for his team was heartening. Dilhara also seems to be shaping up really well. He looks to be building up good rhythm.

Q: How important is Dilhara for the national team?

He’s one of the few guys who can be considered as”genuinely quick” in Sri Lanka. In international Cricket you have to be bowling over the 140 Kmph mark and he can do that consistently. If not, a bowler has to be dead accurate and need to be clever in variations like Vaas and Kulasekera, to make an impact in the international arena.

Q: Chaminda Vaas has retired from Test Cricket but is looking for a place in the shorter version of the game. Your thoughts on him?

Vaas has been the best fast bowler ever produced in Sri Lanka. He’s very keen to represent the national side in time for the upcoming World Cup. His skills will be very useful in the sub continental conditions. Vaasy is working hard at practices and with a few impressive performances in the domestic circuit will bring him a place in the squad for the World Cup.

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  • Sanjaya Kulasekara

    Dear sir, I need to join your fast ball academy. If you have program give me a opportunity. my contacts nos. +97477626357/+94475681678/+094711972827

  • Sanjaya Kulasekara

    hello dear sir I want to join your fast bowling academy. I have confidence not only fast ball in each hand. so i need to join with you for bring up more and more SL cricket.
    best regards, have a nice time.

  • Nevika Pradeep

    Dear Sir,

    My name is nevika pradeep I can boll as some like Malinga Action Sir If you can help me to imporve taht bolling action I can be good slinging bowler Please Help me this is my E-mail Add ( ) I add my bowling action vedio Thank you very much Sir

  • Anushka

    Dear Sir
    I stopped my cricket practices because of my higher studies. Now I have finished those and I want to continue with my practices. I need the instructions of a great person like you and I appreciate very much if you can send me your contact details. I want to contact you.

  • Malanga

    Mr. Anusha Plz Join for me your Acadamy I can Fassted bawling speed of 145 Kmh
    plz call me 0775869278

  • malanga Senarathne

    how to contact you

  • harindu

    how to contact you and spin cocha.

  • nilan

    hi sir.. i need to call you or Mr.champaka Ramanayake. pls be kind to let me know a way to contact one of u all.

  • sajith uddika wickramasinha

    dear sir, i want to your’ telliphone number and i want meet you. i’m play G/ GAMINI NATAIONAL COLLEGE. Team . i’m srilankaen under 15th fast boller. my coacher is MR. MANGALA .

  • denisha

    enough chances for dilhara,its time for the new guys to get a chance.if he cant have a decent game against a provincial side how can he bowl well for srilanka?

  • wimu

    dilhara go lot of chances to being Sl national team.but he did`t proved he is a good bower.his speed is around 145kmph i agree with that.but we some one like **** Suranga Lakmal *** bowled really well in india.we saw he can ball around 145kmph. we saw he bowled bouncer it was 147kmph i can remember it was free hit also it become a dot-ball. I think we must play with this youngsters no need to make a any with Dilhara ….

  • kumara- KSA


    i think vass is srilanka best fast bolwer its a no aguments. but my opetion now we can give to youngers chance. not vass . murali. sanath. also. to be rest?

  • shan

    hi anusha sir…
    in seilanka best fast bawler vass so pleace dont miss him in coming world cup…..

  • rohan johnpillai

    Thank you. Rohan j.

  • rohan johnpillai

    HI,I am writing from Melbourne, Australia, can you please ask Mr. Brian Thomas your Media Manager, my long time friend to forward me his contact details to one of my two e mail addresses which are: or

    Thank you Rohan j.

    • SLC Moderator

      rohan johnpillai,

      your email addresses were forwarded to Mr. Thomas and he will be in touch with you.

  • ram

    suranga lakmal. welgedra. malinga. like many bollwers are in our country, so dilhara is many time bolwed wide. noball how is told heis a good bolwed in side?