Sri Lanka can bounce back, says Sunil Fernando
Our batsmen were unable to put up a good show and bundled out for 50 which we never expected said Sri Lankan veteran coach Sunil Fernando in an exclusive interview with the Daily News at his residence at Katugastota on Monday.
Sunil Fernando is no stranger to Sri Lanka cricket. He produced two great cricketers who are legends Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara. When he was head coach of St Anthony’s Katugastota Murali got his first lessons. Sanga was a Trinitian but he also learnt his batting skills from coach Sunil Fernando. Ruwan Kalpage the present Sri Lanka emerging team coach and National spin specialist coach and former Sri Lanka A skipper Sajith Fernando are also products of Sunil Fernando.
After St. Anthony’s Sunil Fernando was attached to the Sri Lanka cricket coaching department and one time he handled National under 15, Under 17 teams and he gave good lessons to all youngsters.
However, when Sunil Fernando was working at the SLC coaching department he met with a tragic accident and for more than nine months he was bedridden but now his memory is improving.
I am very disappointed to see this Asia Cup final on TV. We never expected this type of result. Win or lose we expected a better result that is the way of sport. I think our team still can come back strongly at the World Cup and supporting staff has a lot of work before this major event said Sunil Fernando. We all can say various things about this defeat but players should learn from that defeat to come back strongly with the support of their coaches said Sunil.
Sri Lanka Cricket is looking after me while SLC treasurer Sujeewa Godaliyadda came to see me at Katugastota residence. I had good memories of when Murali and Sanga retired it was a very emotional moment. I think our coaches have a duty to produce talented players said Fernando.
I was very happy to see two youngsters Dunith Wellalage and Matheesha Pathirana on the National team both under me at one time got good lessons. Wellalage has good all round capability while Pathirana who also hails from Kandy is an unusual bowler. When Matheesha Pathirana was at Ranabima Royal College Gannoruwa I first spotted him and both Dunith Wellalage and Matheesha Pathirana have good potential and they have to go a long journey said Sunil.
The way the Sri Lanka team suffered this defeat was never expected but cricket is a very unpredictable game the day that you perform well you can win.
I think coaches have a big responsibility to build up players. Coaches have to spot their talents while not only the technical part we as coaches give good treatment for their mentality and that is very important pointed out the Veteran coach Fernando.
We wish him a speedy recovery.