‘Stronger’ Dinesh Chandimal says household, associates obtained him via robust occasions

Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal performs a shot in the course of the first day of play of the primary cricket Check match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on the Galle Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 16, 2022. — AFP

GALLE: Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Saturday credited assist from family and friends in serving to him get again among the many runs after being out and in of the nationwide facet.

Chandimal, 32, hit an attacking 76 in Sri Lanka’s 222 all-out on day one of many opening Check in opposition to Pakistan in Galle to steer his group’s fightback.

His knock comes after an unbeaten 206 — his maiden Check double century — arrange a series-levelling win over Australia earlier this week.

“You’ve got to be mentally robust if you’re taking part in Check cricket,” mentioned Chandimal, who averages greater than 42 in 68 Exams, after an absorbing day’s play.

“I’ve been out of the facet at occasions. That makes me stronger. It’s important to rating runs to stay within the facet. So I assumed in regards to the approach and tips on how to hold myself not distracted and seize the chance when it got here.”

Chandimal has had a tough time after being sacked as Sri Lanka skipper in 2019 following his group’s thrashing in Australia.

The senior batsman has since didn’t safe a daily place within the facet in all codecs, however his latest return to type has allowed him to replicate on his struggles.

“You need assistance throughout these robust occasions. I get a variety of assist from my household, my spouse, coaches, teammates and my associates. I’m glad I obtained that,” he mentioned.

“When you find yourself down you want assist like that. If individuals are criticising it is troublesome. We do not wish to fail and we’d like assist. Comfortable that I contributed.”

Chandimal placed on 44 runs for the ninth wicket with Maheesh Theekshana, who made 38 and added 89 runs for the final two wickets after Sri Lanka had been tottering at 133-8.

“Not proud of what we did. If we had obtained to 300 we might have been pleased,” mentioned Chandimal.

“However we are able to catch up if we bowl proper tomorrow and we’ve got a gap to bounce again.”

Pakistan will resume on Sunday at 24 for 2 after their tempo bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi stood out by taking 4 Sri Lankan wickets on a observe anticipated to favour the spinners.

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