Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2011 November 13, 2011

SL batsmen lacking confidence - Atapattu

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's batting coach, has said his team's batsmen have been lacking in confidence on the tour of the UAE. Sri Lanka were beaten 0-1 in the Tests and were skittled out for 131 in the first ODI in Dubai.

"I really think it is nothing to do with the technique and application but its about the confidence which they are lacking," Atapattu said. "We have played so much cricket and if it happens at a stretch then it's important you get out of it. When you get out for low scores, when you are not doing well as a batting unit, then it's a matter of confidence."

The tracks have been quite flat for the bulk of the tour so far and Sri Lanka's batting, barring Kumar Sangakkara, has been below-par. "You cannot justify (failures) after looking at the personalities in the dressing room, its just that they come out thinking that its a brand new game and we are not continuing what we did on Friday or maybe two months ago," Atapattu said.

Atapattu, a former Sri Lanka opener, praised the Pakistan team, saying it's among the best he's seen from the country in the recent past. "They looked very fresh from the start and they are a very good side, having lots of allrounders and have options. This Pakistan side is one of the best I have seen in the recent past having played against their best teams in my days."

He also complimented Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain. "Misbah is a very cool and calm character and what I saw in the Tests was very impressive, he handles things well and is somewhat like [Arjuna] Ranatunga and he has the patience to wait until he achieves what he wants to."

The teams play five ODIs in all. The second one takes place in Dubai on November 14.

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  • Sikandar on November 14, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @Momin Khan - SL board DID NOT Change, it is Sanga who asked to relieve his own duties....

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Match fixing..+how can youngsters win matches when they were not given chance ?Mathews won us few..Tharanaga too won us few & he has score more centuries than all 3 so called greedy senior players..Chandmal scored 2 centuries in 7 matches when they allowed him to bat at 3...So what more ? Thing is seniors dont want these youngsters to perform coz they want their childhood mates like Siva,KanDUMBI,Prasanna to play forever... SL actually have so many wonderfully talented young batsmen...

  • sean on November 14, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    I think SL back in square one again, Captaincy is a flop, player selections are somewhat same coaches are still in learning process and Cricket Board itself in a mess as rumours of players and staff not being paid! and they talk about lack of confidence?

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Dear Marvan,

    If as you claim the batsmen do in fact lack confidence, why does Dilshan always bat first when he wins the toss ?

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    i wan't to ask i question from srilankan board why they change there captian. Sangakkara is better captian then dilshan.Dilshan is a good batsman but when he become a captian his average is 13.69 in 13 matches.

  • Satish on November 14, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Truly.. They lack huge confidence.. They themselves have to be blamed for that.. Apart from Sanga, none looks to be on mark.. To some extent, we do need to agree they are playing an excellent attack and a team who are in need to prove to the public that they put all their effort to win and regain their faith..

  • wazeem on November 14, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    If Sri Lanka has to win, the top guns Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela has to perform and that has been the trend. When 11 players are playing the others should also perform and you cannot rely on the seniors every time. I don't remember any recent matches where Sri Lanka has won after the seniors failed.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    @ chinthaka, athapaththu is the one of the best batsmen (technical wise) SL ever made. An elegant player to watch, how you forget his high-elbow cover-drive. How can you say failed batsmen who had Test and ODI average around 40.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 1:07 GMT

    Leave IPL all international players will focus more, its the IPL that has created a mess.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Mahela cant open..We have two established openers and excluding last 2 series they have been among the best in the world if not the best..Dili- Tharanga were unbelievable during the WC as they set an all time record by scoring 700+..True that Mahela bats well at front but thats not what we want..he has enough experience so he should take responsibility and bat at middle guiding the youngsters like Chandimal..but that`s not happening.He & Sanga didnt even go to practices b4 England tour and did nothing in tests..Youngsters always should bat at top..but our seniors never take responsibility..Sanath,Mahela,& etc all are selfish

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