India made history not long ago against Sri Lanka by 9-0 clean sweep outclassing them in every format of the game. India capitalised on the weakness of a rather inexperienced team who have struggled to get themselves back on track after the retirement of players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and others. By the looks of how India dominated the Sri Lankan side, it was pretty clear that they had a game plan in place which was executed with perfection. Sri Lankan batsmen did not have much to be proud for as they struggled to score big be it in the Test series, ODI series or the only-T20I.
Well, a photo of a piece of paper is going viral which allegedly is from the Indian dressing room, a framework for Indian bowlers on how to tackle the Sri Lankan bowler.
Here’s the tweet that is making rounds on the internet-
— Hugo Lewis (@Hugo_555) September 15, 2017
Here’s the full list of pre-analysis that was left in the dressing room-
Pace:- Back of Length 4th Stump Line angling across LBW & NICK OFF Candidate.
Spin:- Scaring Areas- Looks to play down the wicket. On the off side looking to play more on the back foot. Doesn’t seem to play the sweep shot.
Pace:- Plays from within the crease, can bowl fuller length angling across.
Spin:- Scaring areas – looks to play in the front of wkt (From covers to Mid wicket). Likes to come down the track. Doesn’t fancy the sweep.
Pace:- Covers the stumps. Back of length straighter lines, he loves to drive on the rise through covers. Compulsive pullers.
Spin:- Compulsive sweeper/slog sweep (From square to mid wkt). Likes to come down the track.
Pace: Back of length 4th stump line (Plays from within the crease) very strong off his legs. Short ball is a good option.
Spin:- Uncomfortable against RAOS with backward and forward short leg. Release shot coming down the track.
Pace: Back of length, angling across. Short ball with a leg gully.
Spin: Plays sweep & reverse sweep.
Pace: Length ball coming in, LBW candidate.
Spin: Favors off side, plays sweep & reverse sweep. Uncomfortable playing middle & leg line.
Dhananjaya De Silva
Pace:- Hard lengths- 4th stump line, very strong of his legs. Compulsive hooker/puller.
Spin- Loves playing the cut. Consistently steps out to play the lofted shot.
Pace:- Hard length 4th stump line. Nick off & LBW candidate. Bouncer is a good option.
Spin:- Looks to step out, scoring areas are from long to mid wicket. Plays the sweep & slog sweep.
This post was bound to get reactions from Twitterati. Here are a few amusing tweets-
Maybe it was left on purpose to rub it in ??!!!!
— Om Mehta (@om_mehta) September 15, 2017
Oh my gosh did India team handover this to you what a crazy joke?
— sourabh (@SourRicha) September 15, 2017
hopefully now #slcricket can use this as a learning tool
— neranjan perera (@neranjan007) September 17, 2017
It was a gift from our side after all back to back loss against india, thoda kam bura lage ab tumhe .
— Sumit Tyagi (@TheSumitTyagi) September 16, 2017
Hahaha nice goof up 😛
— Sabyasachi Dash (@BeingSabya) September 15, 2017
While one of them gave Pakistan a heads up ahead of their series against Sri Lanka
@TheRealPCB guess who we are playing next…
— Mohsin (@Mohsin_Z7) September 15, 2017
P.S. Skipper Kohli said that he and the team would like to help Sri Lanka who are in a transitional phase. Is this the help he was referring to, by leaving this piece of paper?