Coach Mickey Arthur says former skipper and current consultant Mahela Jayawardene has made a huge impact on the Sri Lanka squad playing in the Twenty20 World Cup.
Both Arthur and captain Dasun Shanaka have commended Jayawardene for the inputs so far.
Ahead of Sri Lanka’s tournament opener against Namibia, coach Arthur said he was excited to work with Mahela Jayawardene.
He said, “Mahela’s contributed a massive amount. One of the reasons I was so excited to work with Mahela was because I worked with him a long time ago when he was still playing, and I was struck by his ability to analyse the game exceptionally well. I think his cricket brain is amazing. We’ve had some good chats, and some good debates.”
Coach Arthur also has revealed that it was a data-driven insight from Mahela Jayawardene that had prompted Avishka Fernando to play at No.4 instead as an opener.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka-Namibia Group A qualifying game will get under at 7.30pm in Abu Dhabi.