Sri Lanka bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake praised the right mindset of his charges behind the side's recent successes and said the maximum changes were down to the recently appointed head coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
The Lankans came into the year 2018 haunted by their dreadful form in past years but since then, they have magically turned the corner. In their tour of Bangladesh for the ODI tri-nation series and the two-match Test and T20I series’, the former world champion returned home basking in the glory of a clean sweep - winning all three trophies. The success arrived in Hathurusingha’s first assignment. Hathurusingha previously resigned from a similar post in Bangladesh last November before joining his home country.
Sri Lanka, the host of the Nidahas T20I tri-series, carried the momentum forward into this ongoing tournament by defeating India Tuesday in the opening game. And Saturday, they take on Bangladesh, a side they have dominated lately.
"As I always say talent was aplenty in our team, it's just that the mindset of the boys - and I think coach Hathuru played the biggest part in that - I would say he has changed their mindset by letting them do the things on their own. It's all about smart options, I think he lets people take smart options, and even if you fail he will say 'well, that was good enough let's try again next time'. For an example, you tell a boy to go and play some shots but if he gets out you can't ask him 'why did you play that shot?' So he's a man of his word. And we have given the players that confidence and if it has shown in the boys that's good, but consistency is what we're looking for in the future," said former Sri Lanka pacer Rumesh.
Rumesh, during the pre-match press conference at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo ahead of his side's clash with Bangladesh, said it is not just about the oppositions’ struggles recently but that the Lankans have also performed better on the field.
"You see it as them struggling, but I think we have gone and performed well there. Maybe they're going through a little bit of a rough patch, but we take every match seriously. And I'm sure they would want to go and show us that they're something different. But we're well prepared and we're ready for it," said Rumesh, who appeared in 23 Tests and 70 ODIs in his almost 10-year long international career.
Despite all the negatives which have hit Bangladesh recently, Rumesh thinks there is no option to take them lightly, based on the facts of their successes in the recent past. Rumesh is also aware that the Tigers had defeated Sri Lanka when they toured the island last year.
"Bangladesh are a strong side. They are a team which have beaten all teams at home. They beat us in Sri Lanka. So they're a strong side which have several guys with potential to do extremely well. And we're prepared for them. So we sit down, discuss things, and prepare, like with any other team," said Rumesh.