Colombo: Sri Lankan bowler Dammika Prasad could not have wished for a better debut. The 25-year-old unsettled the famed the Indian top order with his three-wicket haul that included the wicket of his favourite player Sachin Tendulkar.
“It's like a dream come true. But the icing on the cake for me was claiming the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. I have admired him so much and he's my favourite player and I was thrilled when that finger went up,” Prasad said at the post-match media conference.
“I had played in the warm-up game against India two weeks ago and it helped me to gain some confidence, but to bowl to Sehwag was a challenge and I was a bit nervous. It's been a perfect day for us, and hopefully we'll go on to win this one,” the debutant said.
Gautam Gambhir, the opener who scored his third fifty in the series, said his side gave away the initiative.
“There was nothing on that wicket and we should have batted well. But having said that, that's part and parcel of the game. We are still in the game if we can get a few early wickets in the morning tomorrow, that'll be great,” the Indian opener said.