Maheesh Theekshana mocks the Jos Buttler-led England team during ENG vs. SL, saying, "I Think They Underestimated Us
Maheesh Theekshana, a spinner, believes that Sri Lanka may have been underestimated by the reigning champions England, who lost badly by eight wickets, severely hurting their chances of qualifying for the World Cup semifinals.
The bowlers from Sri Lanka bowled brilliantly, exhibiting pinpoint accuracy on a difficult, spongy-bounced wicket. With their combined efforts, they eventually dismissed England for a meagre total of 156 runs, which would turn out to be far short of enough.
We only won against the Netherlands and lost three other games, so I believe they undervalued our squad.
"We backed our strength, which is why the outcome worked in our favour. We won today's game because we entered with a straightforward strategy, Theekshana stated at this post-game press conference.
After being bowled out for 400 runs in their previous game against a fiery South Africa, the Sri Lankan bowlers decided to change their strategy.
Theekshana claimed that in this game, the Lankans performed their plans considerably better.
We bowled poorly in the middle overs of the first four games. Our bowling was probably the reason for three of our losses. In order to gain more discipline, we held some practise sessions. The fast bowlers all put in a lot of work in advance of the game to ensure they knew what to expect today," the man stated.
Theekshana acknowledged that the M Chinnaswamy Stadium surface, which is frequently a batsman's friend, altered slightly in character during this game as the bowlers also found some grip.
"The pitch was different when I played an IPL match here. There was a little turn, pace, and bounce (today). Because of the flat pitch in that IPL game, scoring runs was comparatively simple.
"I'm not implying that it was tough to accumulate runs in this match, as we managed to score 150 runs with just two wickets down," he stated.
The unidentified spinner praised Lahiru Kumara and Angelo Mathews for taking significant England wickets.
We failed to find the right length, and we gave up a few runs in the first four or five overs. But Angelo adjusted the length with his experience after he got the ball. We were able to regain our composure when bowling as a result.
"Lahiru kept it up after that. We were taking wickets at a steady rate while England went defensive. We therefore had an opportunity to take wickets, as that was our original plan," Theekshana stated.