Samaraweera credits his prolific form to change in technique

Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who notched up back-to-back double hundreds, has credited his prolific form to a change in his batting technique.

updated: March 03, 2009 14:06 IST
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Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who notched up back-to-back double hundreds in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan, has credited his prolific form to a change in his batting technique and attitude.

Samaraweera on Monday joined an elite club of cricketers to have made back-to-back double tons when he scored 214 on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan. He earlier made 231 in the first Test at Karachi.

By virtue of this feat, he became only the sixth player to have scored successive double hundreds in back-to-back Tests joining the likes of Sri Donald Bradman, Wally Hammonds, Vinod Kambli, Kumar Sangakkara and Graeme Smith.

"It is great to be in this list and I am happy to have achieved this honour," an elated Samaraweera said after the day's play.

"I have changed my attitude and became more positive in my batting. In the last four series I am now looking to play my shots when the ball is up there and it helped me to score lot of runs," he said.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who has played just 17 One-Day Internationals and 48 Tests, said he has made some adjustments in his batting technique such as narrowed down his batting stance and increased his bat lift which was paying rich dividends.

Samaraweera said he would continue playing the same way and leave it to the selectors to decide if he should be in the ODI scheme of things.

"My job is to score runs and the rest is up to the selectors. I am happy to have been scoring runs for my team," he said.
He felt that the ongoing Test could produce a result despite the flow of runs in the first two days.

"If the pacers pitch the ball in the right areas they can take wickets. Umar Gul showed this during our innings. The pitch should also develop cracks on the final day to assist spinners," he stated.