Sri Lanka’s hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman, Niroshan Dickwella said that he is all keyed up to raising the bar in his batting during the upcoming 2-test home series versus South Africa.
Fresh from a pleasing contribution in Sri Lanka’s series squaring tour of the West Indies recently, the 25-year old Dickwella, in an exclusive interview with Sri Lanka Cricket website, said, “On a personal note, I am keen on raising the bar in my batting from a test average of 33 to 35 against South Africa. ”
While making the point that instinctively he was a basher of the ball, Dickwella, the former Trinity College product who represents NCC, said that he had to adopt to any given situation to even curbing his strokeplay for the cause of the team.
Following are excerpts of the interview:
(Q). Following the series squaring win against the West Indies, how would you and the rest of the team be looking to facing South Africa back home in the 2-test series?
(A). “We are quite confident. We will be looking to carry the form we displayed against the West Indies in the second and third test when we face South Africa back home. The home conditions would give us the edge and we have our plans tough as South Africa are in any conditions. Importantly, in the West Indies we dominated in the second and third tests having got used to those conditions after the loss in the first test. ”
(Q). Would you say the boys rising from crunch situations as against the West Indies has raised the team morale to blunt South Africa?
(A). “Exactly. Mind you playing with the pink ball under lights in the third test against the West Indies was difficult. But we were fortunate to bowl out the West Indies in the second innings for under hundred runs. That was because the team exacted our game plan to the dot. The pace bowlers contributed towards that victory in no uncertain terms. That all-round performance has certainly raised the team morale. Another plus factor is that we also beat Pakistan under lights with the pink ball in a test last year in Dubai.”
(Q). Would you say that the fast bowlers have fine-tuned to carry the same fire power against South Africa?
(Q). You contributed with the bat with a telling half century in the second test versus the West Indies in pressing for a win. You must be quite oiled up from there when you play South Africa?
(A). “I believe from my side I need to score plenty more runs. My average has been 33 and I’m keyed to raise it to 35 when I bat against South Africa. I will be trying hard to achieve that mark.”
(Q). You’re basically a fast scoring batsman. You have a penchant to go after bowlers. What would be your game plan against South Africa?
(A). “It depends on the situation the team is in. If it is a healthy score of 350 for 4 then I can play my normal game. But if it is about 130 for 5 it is difficult and I have to adjust to the situation. As a team, our game plan against South Africa will be the same as against the West Indies as to how to attack the pace bowlers.”
By Srian Obeyesekere