Bowlers have to regroup: Mahela


“We have played quite a few matches to realise that we have won a few in the last over and lost a few. But having said that it was a bitter pill to swallow. We have talked about it in the meeting and that’s done for now. We have had a few positives from the match. Not many teams have chased down 400 plus totals and we gave India a good scare at Rajkot,” said Jayawardene. The elegant right-hander also had a word of advice for the bowlers who came in for some stick in the first one-dayer. “Bowlers on both sides will have to regroup,” he noted. “These kinds of things happen in ODI cricket. I have always been critical of the fact that the bowlers now have to bowl in the “strike zone”. You can’t bowl anything down the leg-side, you stray slightly away from the off stump its called a wide and only one bouncer is allowed per over. And when you bowl in this “strike zone” you are going to get some beating. But bowlers are used to it and they will keep using variations and bounce back. It’s nothing new to them,” he remarked.

Further empathising with the bowlers the Lankan said: “With powerplays coming up, they have been hampered and I think it’s important to give them some leverage.
If wickets have something in them it helps but on flat tracks and having to bowl in that “strike zone” it is tough.

“May be another bouncer or two in the over could be given to them and let them have a go at the batsmen.”

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