Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from Galle
GALLE: Sri Lanka’s young off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal is confident if Sri Lanka can squeeze out of the current situation they are placed in they will have a very good chance of beating India in the first Test at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka trail India by 187 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand and face an uphill task of saving the match but Kaushal who took five wickets in the Indian first innings said if the batsmen can survive and set India a target of 250 in the fourth innings, the Lankan bowlers can do the job.
“If our batsmen play well and get us a target of 250 I am confident we can get them out,” said Kaushal at the end of the second day.
“We are hoping to wipe out the deficit and get a lead of about 250. We are confident of dismissing them in the second innings.”
For that to happen Sri Lanka will need a big innings from a player in the caliber of Kumar Sangakkara who is making his final Test appearance at Galle. Sangakkara will resume at one not out on day three.
But it’s a long shot to achieve that from the position Sri Lanka are currently placed in.
Kaushal said that the wicket has started to help the spinners and it won’t be easy batting on it.
He said that it was a challenge to bowl to good batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kholi who both made centuries.
“You have to get used to bowling to batsmen of that caliber to improve. If you get afraid of them it’s not good for you as a bowler.
“There is a big difference bowling at domestic and international levels the pressure is more but you have to handle it,” said Kaushal.
“In domestic cricket you can take wickets easily even if you are bowling against good batsmen, but at this level it is the pressure you have to get used to and you need to use your head. The batsmen won’t allow you to settle down. They try to score runs by taking singles and by rotating the strike and try to unsettle me. I must get used to it very quickly.”
Kaushal said he received a lot of support and advice from senior spinner Rangana Herath during his five-wicket haul.
“He kept constantly talking to me what I should do it’s easy to bowl with him around. When I go off line he quickly reminds me where I am going wrong and corrects me.
“He told to be patient and said the wickets will come when you keep on doing the right things. He said if you get one wicket you will end up taking five, so be patient,” Kaushal said.