Wednesday, 21 October 2015 - 15:14
Injury-free Prasad eases into SL pace spearhead role



Dhammika Prasad once rode the Sri Lanka fast bowlers' injury carousel. He would come into international contention briefly, play one or two Tests, then disappear into the shadows with another ailment only to be replaced by the next quick who would play for a little while before fading out of view.

Last year Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal were Sri Lanka's best fast bowlers. In 2015, they've each been ruled out through a litany of complaints, or usurped during the months they spent out of the match.

In the meantime, Prasad has found a way to exit the carousel. Following excellent home series against Pakistan and India, he has become the pace attack's new leader. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that he has now played in each of Sri Lanka's last 11 Tests - a sequence that goes back to August last year. Having come through this stretch in one piece, Prasad has set himself new goals.

Prasad is currently at 70 wickets, and though his overall average is 37.51, he has taken is 36 wickets at 26.41 this year. That excellent run, he said, had to do with building rhythm during his long stretch in the Test team, which he thanks Sri Lanka physio Steve Mount and the SLC trainers for.

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