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Embuldeniya suprised at Sri Lanka call up

Lasith Embuldeniya
Lasith Embuldeniya

Lasith Embuldeniya, the newest spinner to enter the ranks of the Sri Lanka team, was surprised that he received a call-up very early in his career having made his Test debut against South Africa last month.

“Every cricketer has a dream to be part of the national team but I never thought I could reach that level as soon as I did,” said Embuldeniya who nudged the selectors with some sterling performances during the domestic inter club season as well as in a series against Ireland A. But Embuldeniya also contends he got his break at the right time that made him take a five-wicket haul in his first Test that was against South Africa in Durban as Sri Lanka went on to win the match by one wicket.

“Taking five wickets on debut is very special for a bowler and to be part of the winning team will always bring back memories. To contribute in a victory matters a lot,” said the 22-year old Embuldeniya who bowls left arm spin.

Asked how he approached the match and was he nervous, Embuldeniya replied: “In the first innings I took just one wicket but in the second innings I thought that if I can stick to a line and length I will be able to put the batsmen under some pressure and it worked for me.”

He said that bowling to Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock was the biggest challenge in the match as the two played the spinners well.

“I was lucky to get Quinton de Kock at a time he was in good touch and scoring runs,” said Embuldeniya.

He was unfortunate to be ruled out of play during the first innings of the second Test against South Africa with a finger injury that would take up to six weeks to heal.

After leaving school at Royal College, Embuldeniya enrolled at NCC in the club scene from where he graduated to the Sri Lanka A team.