Dasun Shanka’s form with the bat is a matter of concern ahead of the Asia Cup final against India on September 17 in Colombo. The Sri Lankan skipper has ticked all the boxes when it comes to leadership but with the bat, he has scored only 54 runs in five matches. With other middle order batters firing at the moment, there hasn’t been a massive need for him but nevertheless, the cricketer needs to improve to help his teammates.
“I don’t compare my batting when I go to lead the team. My decision-making is more important than being a batsman in the middle. I am not saying batting is not important, but I need to forget whatever happened with the bat.
“I need to be calm and cool whenever the decisions need to be taken. I see myself most of the time as someone who makes good decisions even after failing with the bat, which has helped the team overcome the problems we had. I must thank the selectors for keeping trust in me. They and the coaching staff back me and give me confidence to be that leader to deliver the maximum out of me,” Shanaka was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Fans have been amazing in the recent past: Shanaka
“Fans have been amazing in the recent past. The days the guys have performed has attracted more crowds to the game. The youngsters have been amazing in the last two years, and the record is good. The fans see that we are fighting in the middle, whatever the end result is. That is what is important,” Shanaka mentioned.