Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur has reportedly urged his players to stay away from social media after the home team suffered a 1-2 series defeat against India.

Sri Lanka started off the series on a poor note as the Shikhar Dhawan-led unit steamrolled the home side by seven wickets and over 13 overs to spare during the first ODI.

The home side came back brilliantly in the following encounter as they reduced India to 6/160 and then 7/193 during their defense of 275.

However, some questionable captaincy tactics by Dasun Shanaka, poor bowling and admirable batting by the duo of Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ensured that the visitors snatched a win from the jaws of what looked like a certain defeat.

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Mickey Arthur and Dasun Shanaka[photo: Twitter]
Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur was at his animated best during the closing stages of the second ODI as he saw his side falter at the final hurdle. He was also captured having a heated argument with Dasun Shanaka.

Arthur, however, would have been a relieved man at the end of the last ODI as Sri Lanka finally pulled one back to claim 10 crucial ICC ODI Super League points.

In the wake of yet another series defeat, Sri Lankan journalist Rex Clementine took to his Twitter account where he quoted Mickey Arthur’s advice to his players.

Arthur typically didn’t hold back and dished out some pretty strong words.

“There are some idiots out there who think they know everything. But they know nothing,” said Mickey Arthur as quoted by Sri Lankan journalist Rex Clementine.

 

Mickey Arthur heaps praise on Sri Lankan duo of Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa

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Avishka Fernando captured the man of the match award. (Credits: Twitter)

The architects of Sri Lanka’s win in the last ODI were the spin duo of Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama. The spin twins broke the back of the Indian batting post the rain break, claiming as many as six wickets between them.

However, it was the duo of opener Avishka Fernando (76 off 98 balls) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (65 off 56 balls) that ensured that Sri Lanka did not falter during their run-chase of 227.

Interestingly, both Fernando and Rajapaksa had to face the brunt of Arthur’s fitness schemes in the past few months.

Arthur is now pleased with the progress that the duo has shown in this series.

”Bhanuka and Avishka are two guys who have borne the brunt of our fitness scheme and missed out on tours. Couldn’t have been happier to see them come good. The differences I had wit Bhanuka was for hwn good,” Arthur added.

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