Former great Kumar Sangakkara had words of praise for the current test skipper Dinesh Chandimal after the historic 2-0 series win over Pakistan earlier this week at the Dubai International Stadium.
In the process of winning the first ever day/night test, the side was promoted to sixth place in the ICC Test Rankings. All in all, it was a remarkable achievement after the embarrassing series whitewash to India earlier this year.
“It was a well-deserved win. The team showed focus and put in a lot of hard work. Great leadership from Chandimal and others like Rangana and Dilruwan. The way Chandimal absorbed the pressure in the first Test putting his ego aside was great to watch. People say that he was too slow, but come on, this is Test cricket. That is how you play Test cricket. He took Sri Lanka into a dominant position and it gave the team time to bowl them out,” said Kumar Sangakkara (Cricbuzz).
“His captaincy was excellent. The way he manoeuvered the field was superb when Pakistan was chasing. The responsibility he took to bat long and deep was great to watch. With Chandi, I didn’t have to do a lot. He was just tremendous. I used to talk to him about stuff like how to bat for long and when to accelerate and when to slow down. Passing on tips like how to go from your 40s to 100.”
“Chandi should not only just play Test cricket, but he should be part of the team in all three formats. He should be batting at number three or number four; would be ideal for him. He is the guy for us if we are looking long term. Unfortunately, he has lost about three years of his cricket but we are yet to see the best out of him. Hopefully, he will go on to make 10,000 runs in Test cricket,” he added.
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