BT:- Chamara, You don’t have star players on your side, but you do you have Janaka Gunaratne and Yohan De Silva two exceptional performers in recently concluded limited over provincial tournament ?
CS:- Yes your right, I am happy with small mercies. Both Janaka and Yohan are fine players, Janaka is a batting all rounder, while Yohan is a good opening batsman who can get us a good start, he is turning out to be a fine player with the right temperament.
BT: – The media has been critical of your performance especially in the recently conclude T20 tournament.
CS:- No I don’t agree. Check my performance in the premier league; I totaled 900 runs with three centuries. I missed out in the Bank of Ceylon limited over provincial tournament due injury. In the T20 version I was batting all over, at number six sometimes at number 5, hence settling in for big scores is a tough ask.
BT:- How do you rate your chances in this year’s provincial league ?
CS:- During the Provincial fifty over game, the team played minus Dilshan and me. T20 is actually a boiling pot. You will see the results in the league, we will perform much better, remember we have 16 sessions in this game, hence we can amend mistakes in between unlike the T20 where you can’t make too many mistakes. Yes I’m optimistic, we will do well.
BT:- Is captaincy a big burden on you ?
CS:- Not at all. I have captained from my school days, I captained Panadura in division one cricket, I have also stood in a captain for my club Bloomfield, so that’s no worry.
BT:- In what department is you team strong batting, bowling or is fielding your strenghth
CA:- We feel confident of our capabilities in all three areas, we have an excellent blend of youth and experience, I suppose the fresh legs in my team will do all the work for me especially in the out field
BT:- Charmara you have a super option in the spin department with Malinga Bandara and Dinuk Hettiaratchchi , fair statement ?
CA:- Yes they have been our strike bowlers. Malinga and Dinuk have been exceptional this season; I hope they will live up to expectations.
BT:- Your views on the pitch at Pallekele ?
CS:- Batsmen will love this surface. Push into the gaps and you still get value for your strokes. I think the bowlers will have to ensure that they get their area’s spot on to survive.