Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets on Thursday to clinch the T20I series 2-1. They were going through a tough phase in International cricket lately. The Sri Lankan squad features young players who lacked experience at the highest level.
After winning the T20I series, they grabbed the opportunity to interact with the Indian players and learn from their experiences. Throwing light on what was the discussion all about, Dasun Shanaka stated that they wanted to pick Shikhar Dhawan’s brain.
“Just as we learn from our own senior players it is important that we also learn from the experience from Indian players as well,” said Dasun Shanaka as reported by News18.
"Both teams played in great spirit and it's a beautiful feeling. The Sri Lanka captain and players wanted to know about my process, so I told them and I hope they enjoyed listening to it." – Shikhar Dhawan.#SLvIND @ThePapareSports @SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/EmPP0YleFk
— Damith Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) July 29, 2021
He further added, “I was really grateful to Shikhar for giving me this opportunity. Shikhar is a player who has experience of over ten years playing international cricket. I asked him how he prepares himself and what was his game planning and situation handling which are very important. They (Indian players) even have mastered the breathing patterns. I personally thought by talking to a player like Shikhar we would be able to get a good understanding about promoting the game.”
The Sri Lankan players also spoke to legendary cricketers and India’s head coach for the series, Rahul Dravid. Speaking about it, Dasun said:
“We asked Rahul Dravid how they approach the game because the Indian players are very positive when they are on the field.”
Both the teams played in great spirit: Shikhar Dhawan
India’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan too was all praise for the opponents Sri Lanka. He added that the series was played in great spirit and it was good to share his experience with the Sri Lankan youngsters.
“Both the teams played in great spirit and it was beautiful we were both quite competitive on the field and the respect was there and Sri Lankan boys and the captain wanted to know what my process and how I take things in my game and I was sharing whatever I have gained during the past few years. That’s the way I do it and that’s the process and I hoped they enjoyed it,” said Shikhar Dhawan.