Dinesh's praise for Dhananjaya

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was in a dilemma before the start of the final Test at Kotla. Vice captain Lahiru Thirimanne did not perform well in the first two Tests in Calcutta and Nagpur and there were suggestions to replace him with Dhananjaya de Silva.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 7.12.17
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New Delhi: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was in a dilemma before the start of the final Test at Kotla. Vice captain Lahiru Thirimanne did not perform well in the first two Tests in Calcutta and Nagpur and there were suggestions to replace him with Dhananjaya de Silva.

By Chandimal's own admission, it was a tough call.

"Dhananjaya and Roshen (Silva) deserved to be given opportunities. I am happy that both of them came good," said Chandimal on Wednesday.

"The innings of Dhananjaya was remarkable. Because of the thigh injury, he could hardly bend his legs, but he still played such a fine knock," added the skipper.

While Dhananjaya scored 119 before retiring hurt, Roshen remained unbeaten on 74. Asked how he felt after drawing the final Test, Chandimal said it was good series overall.

"It was a really good series apart from the second game (in Nagpur). After the second Test (India won by an innings), we sat down as a team - especially with the batting unit - discussed about the approach we should have for the third match," he added.

Regarding pollution, the Sri Lanka captain said the conditions at the Kotla were tough.