Meet Binura Fernando

By Daniel Alexander | June 3, 2015

Photo The teenager has been on the selectors' radar in recent times. © ICC

You impressed at the U19 World Cup in 2014, what was it like playing in that tournament?

It was a great exposure for me. The international cricket arena requires a lot of commitment and effort. I think it's a chance for any cricketer to perform well and open up the pathway towards your dream of playing for the country, which I have had from my childhood

What is your most memorable performance in school cricket?

Taking 13 wickets against arch-rivals Mahanama College, captaining my team to a historic big match win and being crowned the Bata All-Island Best Bowler 2014.

You were in the Sri Lanka squad for Mahela Jayawardene's farewell Test, how was that experience?

It was a tremendous moment to be a part of the farewell Test of one of the most prolific and most respected Test players in the world Mahela aiya. It gave me an idea of how commitment, passion and performance can bring you glory in life — his final Test match and the celebrations that ensued continues to inspire me.

What was it like to share the dressing room with the likes of Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath?

It was one of my dreams that became a reality so early in my life. Words cannot express how much I appreciate the opportunity and the lessons I learned by being with the likes of Mahela aiya Kumar aiya, Herath aiya and Angie aiya.

What is your favorite format — Tests, ODI or T20?

I enjoy any format and I'm committed to deliver the best for my country.

What is your greatest strength as a bowler, can you move the ball both ways, and what kind of variations do you possess?

I have the ability to swing it both ways and get extra bounce on any wicket. I can bowl slow-balls, slow-bouncers and yorkers.

What is the fastest you have clocked on the speed gun?

135 kmph.

After Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka are still looking for a good left-arm fast bowler, can you fill that void if you are picked?

I will make sure that I do my best in every game by being driven with the moto 'country before self', while maintaining my physical strength and the passion to reach glory in every game.

What was it like working with Vaas and Marvan Atapattu?

It's a great experience working with Marvan sir and Vaas sir, and both of them are great players during their time and they carry wider exposure and understanding of the game in their respective areas of dominance.

Who is your all-time favorite batsman and bowler?

Mahela Jayawardene and Chaminda Vaas.

Who are your fast-bowling role models?

Chaminda Vaas and Wasim Akram.

How do you cope with slow, low Asian pitches?

Through the use of swing and variations.

You have been bowling well for SSC in the past couple of months and striking with the new ball, are you expecting a call-up for the upcoming Pakistan series?

Yes, I'm eagerly waiting for it.

© Island Cricket

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Gaja48's picture
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If he works more on fast, He will be a very good bowler in future. The look he has will help him to bowl faster than 135. Good Luck Brother

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If he can get to 140+ consistently he will definitely be one to look out for, though even someone like Kula who isn't that fast is so dangerous with the swinging ball

Anonymous's picture

D.S. Kollek - After long time

Anju..!

vishwa529's picture

One thing which is not mentioned in this interview is his height factor. As far as I know he is 6'6 and still growing as he is still in his 19's. Accordingly the best advice I can give him is that he need to work hard on his fitness, His height is a big advantage as a bowler to go up in his carrier and also a disadvantage as he is vulnerable to injuries. I don't want him to end his carrier like Nuwan Zoyza or Andrew flintoff. Instead he should be like Curtly Ambrose, Yes if he can touch 140+ not only will he be good bowler but also a dangerous one too. Good luck.

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Fitness and control is my call for Binura. You dont have to be 140+ if you have control and Vaas is the best example of that. I would rather concentrate on making sure the body is right and control the ball.

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Binura Fernando is a giant compared to other pace bowlers in SL and strongly-built [for a 19-year-old]. He lacks pace but generates awkward bounce [at least for local batsmen] and, most importantly, is very accurate. There is no point in pace if one cannot control it.

Pol Adi's picture

THE NEED FOR SPEED!

Binura - I hope your coaches and you will work on these:

1. Long term fitness, good nutrition and bowling fitness

2. Do not put too much bulk on - like a Schwarzenegger - it slows the pace down and brings too many injuries. Like someone said be more like Ambrose is good.

3. GET YOUR BODY STRONG ENOUGH TO BOWL AT 140K +. NO MATTER HOW ACCURATE YOU ARE, NO BATSMAN THESE DAYS IS GOING TO BE WORRIED ABOUT SLOW BOWLERS... CHAMINDA VASS WAS A CASE IN POINT. HE SLOWED DOWN TOWARDS THE END OF HIS CAREER. BATSMEN WERN'T TROUBLED. LOOK AT VASS'S RECORD IN AUSTRALIA AND ENGLAND... VERY AVERAGE compared to his brilliant record in the slow biting tracks of Asia where he really knew how to bowl. HE WAS ACCURATE BUT NOT FAST ENOUGH!....

Remember this: FAST BUT NOT ACCURATE - CAN BE RECTIFIED.

ACCURATE BUT SLOW CANNOT BE RECTIFIED!

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Pace isn't everything if he has other skills in possession.
Using height wisely, and swing of both new and old ball will make him successful, along with bowling accurate line and length with angle he gets.

The likes of McGrath, Vaas were not overly quick but still succeeded at the top.

With age, and body strength he may add a couple of km's to his speed but that should not be his only aim.

Exciting prospect if everything clicks together

Pol Adi's picture

Totally agree with the need for skills as a bowler. But a fast bowler needs speed! simple as that. McGrath was much taller than Vass and was a better bowler. Vassy (quite rightly) increased his skill base towards the end of his career to make up for lack of pace and ...still got hammered. (Check his record at the end of career).

He was even dropped from his county sides due to lack of penetration and also from SL side as well. McGrath was on another level - no one would dream of dropping him from any side.

Put it this way, both Akram and Vass had ball moving skills, (OK Akram was a far more of a majician) but essentially Akram was 10-15 MPH faster than Vassy, hence a deadlier bowler.

Need for Skills, yes , essential and obvious. Pace is also needed, otherwise this guy will end up like almost all our fast bowlers in history and end up on the wayside...

Imran Khan's memmorable words to Wasim in the 1992 world Cup final..."Bowl as FAST as you can".."dosen't matter of a couple of wayward balls..." Wasim destroyed England, and the rest is history....

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