Sri Lanka have appointed Hashan Tillakaratne has been appointed as the batting coach of the national team. Hashan has scored 4545 runs in 83 Tests he has played for Sri Lanka at an average of 49.26.
Sri Lankan team manager Asanka Gurusinha said that the experience of Hashan will come in handy for the players. He said, "Hashan has been with us since the recent Test match against Zimbabwe, actually. At this stage, for all the Tests he will be the batting coach. Most probably after the Indian series, we'll discuss with coach Nic Pothas and see what's happening from there. With all his experience, there is a lot the batsmen can learn from him."
Sri Lanka have announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming Test series against India for the first Test at Galle, scheduled to begin from July 26. As expected, Rangana Herath will lead the side in the match in place of Dinesh Chandimal, who is recovering from pneumonia.
Upul Tharanga addressed the press conference ahead of the 2-day practice match in the absence of Chandimal, which increased the speculation of the captain's fitness. Sri Lanka might be without Chandimal even in the second Test. The 2-day practice match between India and Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI ended in a draw, but India got good work out.
Rangana Herath will lead Sri Lanka in the first Test against India at Galle in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal. Chandimal was admitted to hospital due to pneumonia and as a result will miss at least one Test in the three-Test series.
Herath led Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series in Zimbabwe last yeat and in a home series against Bangladesh when then captain Angelo Mathews was ruled out. However, Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka to a record breaking win in his first Test as captain against Zimbabwe a few days ago, will miss at least one Test.
"We were actually only told late last night - the blood Test came a bit late. He's got pneumonia," said Sri Lanka team manager Asanka Gurusinha, according to cricket.com.au. "He was admitted to hospital this morning at 9am, and he's definitely out of the first Test. "The doctors have advised us this morning to say: 'Finish the first Test' and they'll advise us afterwards. If they tell us he needs another week to recover, that's it. We can't do anything."
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath jumped up to the second spot in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Herath was in the third spot, behind India off-spinner R Ashwin, before the one-off Test against Zimbabwe. His 11 wickets in the match has ensured that he jumps past Ashwin, who is now the No. 3 bowler according to the ICC rankings.
There was no change at the top as Ravindra Jadeja with 898 points is sitting comfortably, following impressive performances in India's home series, where they played England, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Australia. Herath's jump to the second place means that the top two ranked bowlers in Tests are left-arm spinners.
Following South Africa's win in the second Test at Trent Bridge against England, slow left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj too has gained 12 positions and is now the 26th ranked bowler. Maharaj now has 543 ranking points, which is now the fourth highest points tally for a South African bowler, behind Paul Harris, Paul Adams and Nicky Boje.