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Mixed feelings for Atapattu at maiden women’s IPL

22 November, 2020
Chamari Atapattu
Chamari Atapattu

Chamari Atapattu the Sri Lanka women’s team captain once again proved her worth with the bat at the recently concluded Women’s IPL that was held in the UAE recently.

Atapattu who scored a century in one of the games said that she was happy with her batting skills at the women’s IPL but was disappointed for being dismissed for just six runs in the final.

Back in Sri Lanka Atapattu is in quarantine in a hotel in Wadduwa and said that she was happy with her performances and experience gained in Sharjah. She and Shashkala Siriwardena were the only two Sri Lankans at the women’s IPL.

“I wanted to repeat my performances in the final as an in-form batter but that did not work out. I wanted to give the Supernovas team a good start and clinch the championship. My failure effected to team in the run chase. Anyway that’s part of the game,” said Atapattu.

The last time Atapattu played in Sharjah was six years ago against Pakistan. That time too she did well on that pitch scoring many runs and winning against Pakistan. She was even adjudged as the player of the tournament.

“We waited more than seven months before this to play cricket. It was a good experience playing with foreign players and the pitch in Sharjah was special.

“We were provided with VIP facilities from the beginning. We had to undergo PCR tests too. Doctors were around all the time to check on the players’ health.

‘We played only three matches during this tournament which was not enough to display our talents. The BCCI intends to increase the number of teams next time.

“IPL and the Big Bash League came up at the same time but I decided to join the IPL as most of the Asian players were involved,” said Atapattu.

“My personal view is to see more Sri Lankan players at the next IPL. We have good talented girls but they have to get more experience. With Shashikala and Sripali Weerakkody already retired from the game the youngsters have to realize their responsibility and make a good comeback to settle in the national team,” said Atapattu.