Hashan Tillakaratne on the right    Getty Images
Hashan Tillakaratne on the right Getty Images

Former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne has been appointed as the batting coach of the national team ahead of the Test series against India. Tillakaratne joined the team in Galle and took part in the training session today (July 24). The 50-year-old, who joined Sri Lanka Cricket last year as a coach, has previously worked with the development teams before being promoted to the senior side ahead of the upcoming series.

“Hashan’s experience in Test cricket will help us immensely. The batsmen can pick his mind on how to tackle pressure and how to bat for long. He is doing a great job with the boys,” Sri Lanka team’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told Cricbuzz.

Tillakaratne played 83 Tests for Sri Lanka and was the captain of the side during 2003-04. He was also the first Sri Lankan to register a Test hundred in South Africa. Apart from being a solid middle order batsman, Tillakaratne was an agile fielder as well.

The Test series will commence from July 26 with the first match to be played at Galle.