Wanindu Hasaranga advocates for a fielding increase as Sri Lanka prepares for the T20 World Cup.

Wanindu Hasaranga advocates for a fielding increase as Sri Lanka prepares for the T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka will play a three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe beginning January 14.

As Sri Lanka prepares for the T20 World Cup, newly appointed skipper Wanindu Hasaranga expects his teammates to improve their fielding abilities. After missing the ODI World Cup 2023 due to a hamstring injury, the spinner recently returned to professional cricket, taking seven wickets in the third ODI against Zimbabwe.

Despite several positives, the 26-year-old is concerned about Sri Lanka’s recent fielding performance. They dropped 16 catches at the ODI World Cup in India, causing them to finish second-last in the points table. Keeping this in mind, Hasaranga stated that fielding will be non-negotiable in the future since he recognizes how important it is.

“I warned the players from the beginning that fielding would be critical. No matter how good you bat or bowl, if you don’t field properly, you’ll struggle to make the team. Fielding is not negotiable. We have another five months until the World Cup. The Times of India quoted Hasaranga as saying, “Fielding is the easiest way we can improve our cricket, and it makes a big difference between winning and losing in T20 cricket.”

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Desperately trying to turn things around: Sikandar Raza

Zimbabwe is the only full-member nation of the ICC to skip the next T20 World Cup, which starts on June 1. Uganda upset them with a spectacular victory, and Zimbabwe was eliminated from the qualifiers. Veteran all-rounder Sikandar Raza claimed that the entire country is saddened and urgently attempting to turn things around.

“It’s painful not only for myself and the cricketers, but for the entire nation. We’re urgently attempting to turn things around. I believe you needed the desperation to turn things around. Having said that, we’ve learned a lot of lessons, and we hope to make Zimbabwe cricket great again,” Raza remarked.

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