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Head Coach Nic Pothas heaps praises for the Pakistani team

we need to be in the right mental frame of mind to be there: Pothas

Nic Pothas Coach
Sri Lanka’s coach Nic Pothas. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan Head Coach Nic Pothas, in a recent interview, while praising the current Pakistani unit claiming that the players can execute their roles even if they are woken up at 3 am in the morning.

The coach hoped for a better Sri Lankan performance in the fifth and the final ODI of the series after trailing by a margin of 4-0. Pothas further stated that Sri Lanka has a good Test side as of now but the ODI team looks out of sorts solely because of the quality opposition which recently won the Champions Trophy.

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“It is disappointing but we are also playing a different Pakistan team. You have to take that into account. Their (Pakistan) Test squad is in transition as they lost three legends of the game. We certainly know what that feels like,” commented Nic Pothas according to Gulf News.

Sri Lanka aiming for a better performance in the final ODI

“We build a Test team so we are very happy with the result of the Test team but the One day team, the Pakistan team, winners of the Champions Trophy, are on a roll. They are playing good one day cricket and they got their formula down. So they can wake up at three in the morning and can go and execute their roles and skills,” added Pothas.

Pothas stressed the importance of stability in the batting lineup while citing out that the players are not in the right mental frame of mind.

“They are in a very good place. We probably know we are in a different place. As much as it is disappointing, it is also unstable. We just want the batters to be a little more positive about the way they go about things. We also understand we need to be in the right mental frame of mind to be there,” asserted the 43-year old.

“So our job is to try and give the players the freedom to be able to play their way. It is going to be a very good wicket again (at Sharjah) and it is not the biggest boundary in the world. So we are always looking to just improve,” concluded the South African.

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