LONDON: Kusal Mendis was dropped from the Sri Lanka Test squad for their tour of India to protect him from a loss of confidence. That’s according to Graeme Labrooy, the side’s chief selector.
The batsmen endured a sorry series against Pakistan scoring 10, 18, one and 29. And even though he scored a brilliant 110 against India, just four Tests ago, Labrooy and Co. decided his time would be best served at home rather than out in the middle against Virat Kohli’s team.
“We don’t want a situation where he plays two more innings, gets two low scores and then drop him and destroy his confidence further,” Labrooy told The Island. “He has got age on his side and we want him to go on to become one of the greats of the game. We want him to play for another 10 years.”
Not only were Sri Lanka whitewashed by India in the three-Test series in July and August, they have also struggled in India historically, having never won a Test there. And with India’s bowling attack a tough challenge for any batsman on home soil, it is clear the Sri Lanka selectors have definitely erred on the side of caution.
“We didn’t want to throw him to the deep end or take him to India and leave him on the bench,” Labrooy said. “What we tried to do was to let him play some domestic cricket, work on his game and regain his confidence. He is a confidence player. For him, confidence is everything. He has got everything in his armory.”