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The win over Pakistan is a huge relief for the players: Upul Tharanga

Upul Tharanga
Sri Lanka cricketer Upul Tharanga. (Photo credit Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka desperately needed to win a game and moreover break the losing streak, and what better way than beating Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Sri Lanka were humiliated at home by Zimbabwe and then India. The Lankans lost nine straight games across three formats against India, and they looked down in the dumps. Their 21-run win against Pakistan didn’t only give them relief but an edge in the Test series against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka’s limited overs skipper Upul Tharanga is preparing for the upcoming games after he announced a 6-month break from Test cricket to focus on ODIs and T20Is. Tharanaga watched his side spring a surprise and spoke to The National on phone to express his thoughts.

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“We were in need of that result badly and it was achieved in no small way,” said Upul Tharanga. “Obviously the result was a huge relief for the players. But having said that, there is a lot of work ahead to take the momentum forward on all formats of the game.” he added.

Tharanga feels the confidence is back

“We are now looking forward to the series against Pakistan,” he said. “Yes, there was so much pressure on everyone, players and the management. I think the confidence is back in the camp and hopefully we can build on what we have achieved from the first game against Pakistan.” the southpaw added.

Talking about his break from red ball cricket, Tharanga said “Sometimes you need that break from one format of the game to get your focus back,”.

“That’s not to say I’m out of Test cricket. This is not unusual in any sport. We need to deal with pressure in every game but to take time out and reflect on the past performances and to look ahead for the new challenges is a good thing.” he concluded.

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