Sri Lankan Batsmen Avishka Fernando Advice
Avishka Fernando, who has long been regarded as one of Sri Lanka’s best limited-overs batsmen, has been left out of the squad for Sri Lanka’s first two limited-overs matches this year (in the Caribbean, and Bangladesh). Coach Mickey Arthur has made fitness a non-negotiable for players this year, so the omission was due to failed fitness tests, not runs or form.
Despite being stung by his exclusion, Fernando eventually made his way back into the national team, having used his time away to improve his fitness. Fernando has now scored 33, 50, 76, and 118 runs in his last four ODI innings.
Fitness Winning Century
He said his improved fitness helped him bat a match-winning century in sweltering conditions. “I missed a couple of tours due to my fitness,” Fernando explained, “and I tried to learn from it.” “I was able to improve my physical fitness.
As a result, batting and fielding have become much easier for me. There is a significant improvement there, in my opinion.” Fernando’s fielding has also improved in the last two months, particularly in the ring. During SLC’s Invitational T20 League in August, he was particularly impressive.
“I didn’t do much specialized fielding training, but I believe that as your fitness improves, everything becomes easier. I believe that a lot of my recent improvements in my game are due to improved fitness.”
Fernando’s 115-ball 118 on Thursday included three productive partnerships, the best of which was a 97-run fourth-wicket stand with Charith Asalanka, who hit 72 off 62 balls. Since they were teenagers, Fernando and Asalanka have batted together in Sri Lanka’s age-group teams, and they also play for the same domestic team, the Sinhalese Sports Club. He described Asalanka’s familiarity with the crease as a benefit to their partnership.
“Since we were 15 or 16 we played a lot of cricket together,” Fernando said. “We know each other’s games well. When he’s batting, I might have something to say to him, and when I’m batting he’ll talk to me as well. There’s a good connection between us. When he and I got together, we’d lost three wickets, so we talked about batting together until the 41st or 42nd over. We knew that then it would be easier for the hitters lower down.”