Kusal Perera Appointed as a New Sri Lanka Captain and Wants Young Players To Play Fearlessly
Sri Lanka has started preparations for the 2023 World Cup. As part of this preparation, the selectors have relied on Kusal Perera as the captain, excluding all senior cricketers. Kusal Perera appointed as a new ODI captain for Sri Lanka and he wants young players to play fearlessly. His captaincy journey will start with a match against Bangladesh on May 23 (Sunday). He said that he would play fearless cricket with the responsibility of the captain.
Kusal Perera said the selectors have confidence in him as captain and expect a lot more responsibility from him. He thinks he should bat more responsibly.
“When I was given the captaincy, the selectors said I sometimes scored 50-60 but got out before I could turn them into 100,” he said. If I can do 100, the chances of the team winning increase a lot. You can’t make 100 in every match, but you should make 100 in the match you get off to a good start. The selectors expect a lot more responsibility from me.
Although the average in ODI cricket is not very good, Kusal Perera batted at a strike rate of about 92 on the field. He has already attracted a lot of attention in international cricket by batting fearlessly. As a captain, he advised his teammates to play fearless cricket.
“You have to play fearless cricket to win the match,” said Kusal Perera. You can’t think of losing a match. If you are worried about your position, you will not be able to play with 100%. ‘
‘I want to tell the players we have to give 100 percent in the match. We can win the match only if we are fearless even during practice. Kusal Perera added that if the game is played with fear, it will not be possible to win the match. ‘I want to build a fearless culture, which will boost our confidence.’
Kusal Perera added, ‘I personally like to play fearless cricket. If we cannot play fearless cricket then it will not be possible to do better in any way. Fearless cricket is also the key to my success.
Kusal Perera’s batting record in ODIs is not very rich. Batting in 198 innings, he scored 2625 runs at an average of 31.04 with a strike rate of 92.04.
With the ODI series against Bangladesh on May 23, Sri Lankan cricket will enter the era of another new captain. Let’s see how successful he can be. It is to be noted that after Kumar Sangakkara left the captaincy, the Lanka Cricket Board could not select a permanent captain.