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We won’t be getting too comfortable, says Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas

"Where we stand at the moment, we are happy where we are but we won't be getting too comfortable," he quoted.

Upul Tharanga
Sri Lankan cricket coach Nic Pothas speaks with Upul Tharanga. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka stand pretty much in a commanding position in the ongoing Kolkata Test against India. They have reduced the hosts to 74/5 by the end of day 2. The head coach of the Sri Lankan team, Nic Pothas, is not in a mood to be complacent though. Had there not been the frequent rain interruptions, the visitors could have potentially inflicted more pain on the Indian team. As many as 147 overs have been lost in the game already.

After the end of the day two, Nic Pothas mentioned that the team is content with the way things have shaped up for them up until now in the match. However, they are not going to get complacent and overly comfortable as the game can turn anytime.

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“We are making a lot of speculation on day two. There is still fair bit of cricket to be played. Where we stand at the moment, we are happy where we are but we won’t be getting too comfortable. It’s a high quality Indian team,” quoted Nic Pothas.

On India preparing a green track

When asked if the Sri Lankans felt a little let down seeing the Indian side opting for a green trackin a bid to prepare for the South African tour, Nic Pothas conceded that the home side has the right to pick the kind of track they want to play at.

He went on to commend the Indian team for having prepared a track that would help them prepare for the future tour. At the same time, he admitted that the Sri Lankan side do not mind playing in such ideal conditions for swing bowling where their team is reaping rich dividends at the moment.

“I think once again that’s speculation and India have the right to do whatever they want to. To be fair, it’s pretty good planning from their point of view and they have the right to do that. The conditions, when you go abroad you can’t control. You have to play your best cricket and play and strategise as per the conditions you are provided. We are making a lot of speculation on day two,” he mentioned.

“It’s one of those things that playing cricket you have to accommodate. It’s nice that you have given us April in England conditions,” he added further.

On Pujara’s gritty knock

“He’s obviously a world-class player. That innings shows his experience of playing county cricket (for Nottinghamshire). This kind of wickets and conditions you genuinely find in England. He certainly played the conditions very well,” Pothas concluded.

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