Sri Lanka cricket's future lies in pace bowlers: Dilshan

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan said they have not yet found any spinner as consistent as Muttiah Muralitharan Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Oct 16, 2011

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan says that the island s future in the game lies in the hands of pace bowlers. The Sri Lanka squad left for the UAE to take on Pakistan in three Tests, five One-Day Internationals series and a one-off Twenty20 international on Sunday.

Dilshan said, “In the past 20 years or so we have depended on the spin of (Muttiah) Muralitharan for our success. Murali is a bowler who can take six to eight wickets in an innings — we have still not found anyone who can do it consistently as him.”

“The future for our success lies with our fast bowlers. In the spin department only Rangana Herath has proved himself a top quality bowler. If we hope to win Test matches we will have to have the support of the other spinners as well,” Dilshan said.

Meanwhile, pacer Shaminda Eranga was ruled out of the entire tour as he suffered a shoulder injury.

Dilshan said he isn t worried that his side has not won any Test in their last 11 contests, since the retirement of Muralitharan.

“We have lost two matches and drawn nine and that is not a bad record. We lost the two Tests to very good sides England and Australia, one of them was due to a poor batting performance at Cardiff and in the other at Galle the toss played a crucial role. If you look back on the rest of our performances I am quite satisfied.”

“Pakistan has a mixture of experienced and young talent in their line-up. I think we can take on that challenge and beat them,” he added.

Talking about their new coach Geoff Marsh, Dilshan said, “Marsh is contracted for two years and he is a respected player and coach and I hope we can build on a good partnership and carry Sri Lanka cricket forward. His presence will benefit a lot of youngsters and we can get a lot out of him to develop our cricket. While working together only we can find shortcomings and overcome them.”