Galle: Virat Kohli-led unit tasted unprecedented success as India demolished Sri Lanka in all the matches – three Tests, five ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 – on the recently concluded Sri Lanka versus India series. India hammered Sri Lanka and returned home with an impressive 9-0 scoreline.
Like any other teams, India too had a plan in place for their opposition and going by the results, it is clear that India executed all the plans really well.
While the team plans remain strictly a secret, Indian team’s plans have now came out in open via an unattended document.
A Twitter user named Hugo Lewis, on Friday, posted a photo, tagging Sri Lankan cricketer writer Andrew Fernando, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board.
The tweet read: “.@andrewffernando Not sure this was supposed to be left lying around post-Test Galle Intl 😉 @officialslc @BCCI #slvIND #redbullcampuscricket.”
India, followed by a warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI, began the Test series in Galle. The Kohli-led Indian cricket team, who had lost the last Test it played at the same venue in 2015, outplayed the Rangana Herath-led side and won the opening Test by 304 runs.
The leaked document makes it clear that India had a detailed plan for every Sri Lankan batsmen.
Here’s what that document reads:
Pace:- Back of Length 4th Stump Line angling across LBW & NICK OFF Candidate.
Spin:- Scaring Areas- Looks to play down the wicket. On the off side looking to play more on the back foot. Doesn’t seem to play the sweep shot.
Pace:- Plays from within the crease, can bowl fuller length angling across.
Spin:- Scaring areas – Looks to play in the front of wkt (From covrs to mid wicket). Likes to come down the track. Doesn’t fancy the sweep.
Pace:- Covers the stumps. Back of length straighter lines, he loves to drive on the rise through covers. Compulsive pullers.
Spin:- Compulsive sweeper/slog sweep (From square to mid wkt). Likes to come down the track.
Pace: Back of length 4th stump line (Plays from within the crease) very strong off his legs. Short ball is a good option.
Spin:- Uncomfortable against RAOS with backward and forward short leg. Release shot coming down the track.
Pace: Back of length, angling across. Short ball with a leg gully.
Spin: Plays sweep & reverse sweep.
Pace: Length ball coming in, LBW candidate.
Spin: Favors off side, plays sweep & reverse sweep. Uncomfortable playing middle & leg line.
Dhananjaya De Silva
Pace:- Hard lengths- 4th stump line, very strong of his legs. Compulsive hooker/ puller.
Spin- Loves playing the cut. Consistently steps out to play the lofted shot.
Pace:- Hard length 4th stump line. Nick off & LBW candidate. Bouncer is a good option.
Spin – Looks to step out, scoring areas are from long to mid wicket. Plays the sweep & slog sweep....