I played according to the situation; Aravinda and Sangakkara my role models – Thirmanne

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LAHIRU THIRIMANNE ON TON

Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored a match winning century for Colombo versus Dambulla in the opening match of the Super Provincial Tournament, commenting on his knock said that he considered it one of his best as it was a 40-over short game.

“The situation demanded quick runs because we had to keep pace with the D/L run rate of 6.5 runs an over due to the nature of the inclement weather. The strongpoint of the innings was that I was able to adjust to the situation that demanded. My side was not too well placed at 20 for 2 wickets when I went into bat. In that context, I had to bat a bit aggressively to maintain the required run rate.”

Lahiru Thirimanne

Your comments on how you phased your innings?

“Yes, I spoke with my partner at the other end Dananjaya de Silva as to the necessity to stay about 5 to 10 runs an over ahead of the opposition. I batted accordingly to ensure we stayed in the game and won. The main thing was to stay focused on the D/L run rate required and we kept checking the scoreboard in doing that.”

How would you value this century?

“I have scored several centuries at domestic level and this was one of my best because of the position my team was going into this match. It was the first match of the Super One-Day Tournament and my team had not fared that well in the Super Provincial four-day tournament. Therefore, the onus was on our team to play positively and win. In that context to have scored a century and won the first match was overly a team satisfaction more than the personal joy.’

Your technique was solid. Your comments?

“My batting style is such because of my basic technique which makes it easy to adjust. I believe that any batsman has to be able to adjust to any given situation. I have always based my batting on those lines.”

Would you say you are in top form now and how confident are you of getting a national recall?

“Yes. Of course I do not worry about things. I just believe in performing to my best at every given opportunity. I do not build a pressure cooker about a national recall and look mainly to deliver with the bat at whatever level I play. Now my concern is to guide my team in this topmost domestic one-day tournament and to gel with the rest of my colleagues towards that end. The immediate goal is to play to our best ability and win the balance five matches. I must also mention all my colleagues, management and support staff. In fact, our coach Avishka Gunawardena has been a big help to me in fine tuning my batting as well as team manager Charith Senanayake.”

Do you have any role model?

“Yes, Aravinda de Silva was a player I used to watch and admire a lot when I was a kid. From there I also began to model my batting on Kumar Sangakkara having had the opportunity to play alongside him for the national team.”

By Srian Obeyesekere

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