COLOMBO: Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has got praise from former captain Kumar Sangakkara after Sri Lanka became the first time to win a series against Pakistan in UAE ever. At their adopted home, Pakistan have never lost a Test series since 2007.
Hailing Chandimal for his leadership, Sangakkara said that Chandimal was great in leading the team out of troubled situation alongwith others like Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.
“It was a well deserved win. The team showed focus and put in lot of hard work. Great leadership from Chandimal and others like Rangana and Dilruwan,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “The way Chandimal absorbed the pressure in the first Test putting his ego aside was great to watch.
“People say that he was too slow, but come on, this is Test cricket. That is how you play Test cricket. He took Sri Lanka into a dominant position and it gave the team time to bowl them out.
“His captaincy was excellent. The way he manoeuvered the field was superb when Pakistan were chasing. The responsibility he took to bat long and deep was great to watch,” Sangakkara said.
Chandimal scored a counter-productive century in the first Test and a half-century in the second. He was second choice wicketkeeper for Sri Lanka when Sangakkara was the regular wicketkeeper for them. Sangakkara expressed that Chandimal was not too difficult to handle when he was his mentor.