Hathurusingha said be it attack or defence, the batters need to have a set mindset and that poor batting cost them the Galle Test.
“I thought things went wrong in the batting in the first innings. We could have batted better when the wicket was really good to bat. We didn’t put up enough runs on the board in the first innings. We started poorly on the second day, but I don’t want to only blame Soumya [Sarkar]. Our focus has been very poor at the start of the day, lately. We need to find out why; the players and coaching staff are working hard on it, ” Hathurusingha told the media at Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Shakib al Hasan earlier said in a press conference that they had to attack in order to score some runs as they can't defend all the time. But coach Hathurusingha believes the batsmen have to assess the situation of the game more accurately.
"When you say defending and attacking, it comes down to decision making. It is what we need to improve; which ball to attack, which ball to defend. Whether you want to go either way, you have to make good decisions. To make decisions, you need to assess the condition, the opposition’s game plan and have the awareness. You can’t say, 'you go and attack and that’s my game',” said Hathurusingha.
The former Sri Lankan international also thinks Bangladesh have to take 20 wickets in Tests more often.
Bangladesh went into the Galle Test with a relatively inexperienced bowling attack. Apart from Shakib, Taskin Ahmed has only played four Tests, Subashish Roy two and Mustafizur Rahman three.
"We need to find a way to take 20 wickets. We have a very young attack. We are asking too much of a team trying to find their feet in Test cricket. It is a fact," said Hathurusingha.
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Bangladesh went into the Galle Test with a relatively inexperienced bowling attack AFP
“Take Shakib out of the bowling attack, and Shakib is not the same bowler from 2010 who used to run through teams on helpful conditions. We are playing away now. The other four bowlers have combined for just 15 Tests. You have to set up the batsmen to take wickets, so that intelligence comes with playing in the middle.
“No matter how much we send messages and talk, it will take time. The opposition also have plans and skills. We are improving and learning, once we get into a strong position and have the breakthrough win, I think we will start doing better," he added.
Questions were raised with regards to Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim's dismissals as the experienced duo got out while chasing leg-side deliveries.
Hathurusingha however, said they had very little time to react.
“Those two dismissals have a lot to do with reading the spin from the pitch. If you read it from the hand, you get into better positions. This guy [Lakshan Sandakan] was bowling variations – wrong'uns and chinaman. I think our guys read the ball from the pitch, which gave them very little reaction time. It is your natural reaction to score runs when it is on leg-stump,” he said.
On a good batting wicket in Galle, the Tigers picked three pacers in their starting XI, as opposed to the Lankans, who included as many spinners.
Hathurusingha though is of the opinion that the pace trio bowled well throughout the five-dayer.
“I think we played to our strength. On that wicket (Galle), our fast bowlers gave us a lot of control. Taijul [Islam], lately, bowls differently with the SG ball to the Kookaburra ball,” he said.
Bangladesh will play their second and final Test at P Sara Oval in Colombo, starting this Wednesday.