Lanka Premier League 2020: Need to have serious discussion about fielding: KJP
Kandy Tuskers has found themselves cornered in the Lanka Premier League losing three out of four games so far, and every time it was their fielding which let them down with at least five chances being dropped during the four games, including three in the first game, which would have changed the outcome of the game.
Skipper Kusal Janith Perera (KJP) who had another disappointing outing against Jaffna Stallions on Tuesday night, said that they need to have a serious look at fielding if they are to succeed in the tournament.
“We had a plan but did not execute well. Thing is we made a lot of mistakes in the field. We can’t accept that. It’s really hard to manage when we make mistakes on the field,” said KJP.
“We made mistakes in all four games. I’m really concerned about the fielding. We need to have a serious talk about fielding and do our best in the next game,” added KJP.
Luck has eluded the Tuskers so far in the tournament, where their mistakes have cost them dearly. In the very first game Dinesh Chandimal (who made 80) was dropped early in his inning, while Isuru Udana, who changed the game at the back end, was dropped just after he came to the crease. Both these dropped chances proved costly as they went on to lose the games.
In the match against Dambulla Viiking, they dropped Viiking skipper Dasun Shanaka early in his inning, and he went on to make a match winning 73, which cost Tuskers the game. On Tuesday they dropped Stallions skipper Thisara Perera who won the game for his team.
Naveen Ul Haq has accounted for four drops so far in the Kandy Camp. Apart from those drops Tuskers also made lots of mistakes in the field where it cost them lots of extra runs, as well as gave breathing space to the opposition, which also caused a change of momentum.
Meanwhile, KJP also accepted that their batting unit hadn't been up to mark in the previous match.
“We won’t get big runs in the power play every time, but 185 is gettable. We have to take responsibility as a batting unit. We lost wickets at regular intervals,” said KJP.