Future of cricket and Sri Lanka in good hands despite early exit, says Arthur
Sri Lanka are absent from the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals, but coach Mickey Arthur is convinced that the future of cricket in this country is in good hands with the emergence of young talents such as the “superstar. “Wanindu Hasaranga.
The 2014 champions went through qualifying and lost three of their four Super 12 games to see their semi-final hopes evaporate. The young team led by Dasun Shanaka did not remain without a fight, however, especially against England, undefeated leaders of Group I, and South Africa, second.
“We rocked the World Cup. I think we did,” Arthur said at a press conference ahead of Friday’s final group game against the holders West Indies. “I think we’ve pushed teams. What’s disappointing for me is that in every game we’ve played in the last three, whether it’s Australia, South Africa and England, we had the opportunity to win the Game. “
“We are not going to qualify this year, but Sri Lankan cricket is now in good hands.” The South Africa-born coach said the players were “absolutely broken” after doing their best and still haven’t made it, but he prefers to look at the big picture.
“In coaching, we always talk about roots to grow and wings to fly. I think we’ve allowed them to fly wings.” I sit down and watch what these guys are going to offer Sri Lankan cricket in there. ‘future .. I am really excited about what their future holds for Sri Lankan cricket. “
He has identified nine talented players, the most important being Hasaranga, who became the top Twenty20 bowler in the latest official ranking released on Wednesday. “Every time I see him with a ball or see him with a bat or on the pitch he turns me on as a cricketer,” Arthur said of the leg thrower who is the main taker. tournament wicket, with 14 of them out of seven matches.
“He’s riding the crest of a wave… He works incredibly hard at his game and leaves nothing to chance in terms of preparation.” I couldn’t be happier where he is right now. He’s a real global superstar right now, ”added Arthur.
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