Practising concrete pitches help batsman to regain rhythm, says Lankan curator

Bipin Dani

Sri Lanka’s former pitch curator Jayananda Warnaweera was not surprised to see Australian opener David Warner regaining his form.

The 35-year-old left-handed batsman Warner, who was running out of form before the match against Sri Lanka but scored 65 runs (which included 10 boundaries) at Dubai Sports City (DSC) ground on Thursday.

Warner was not in the form even in the IPL also. He is understood to have practiced hard on concrete pitches in the UAE before the match against Lankans.

“Practising on a hard concrete wicket is always helpful because the ball comes faster on this pitch and it helps the batsman to regain his confidence”, the 60-year-old Warnaweera, who has vast experience of working as a groundman in Sri Lanka said exclusively over the telephone.

“We don’t have concrete pitches (in Srti Lanka) and I very well remember Kumar Sangakkara practicing on a turf wicket in Galle for three-four hours and it helped him a lot”.
“Team India captain Virat Kohli also practices hard facing balls coming at a faster speed.

The batsman can change his mind set up, tries to hit hard and gets well-adjusted to the timing”.

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