Keshana Joins Lancs Cricket Academy
Monday, 08 February 2021
Keshana Fonseka, a Y10 pupil at Bolton School Boys’ Division, has joined the Lancashire Cricket Academy. He follows in the footsteps of Y13 student Praharsh Parikh and in those of Sami Waheed of Y12, who recently joined Lancashire's Emerging Players’ Programme. Keshana initially attended MCC Foundation coaching sessions at Bolton School before enrolling as a pupil. Talking about what he has been working on in training, he said: “The first thing that I have been focusing on is my strength and condition. In the Academy, the fitness levels step up massively. It is very important for playing long hours of cricket and still performing at your best levels, whilst avoiding injuries.
‘Another area I have been working on is batting a long innings. I have been batting against the Academy bowlers with a mat on the surface, to make it more match realistic. I have also been working on playing spin, especially left arm off spin. We have been trying to hit through mid-on and mid-off, on a sharp spinning surface, which is particularly useful in rotating the strike when there is a long-off and long-on. Furthermore, we have been looking to develop more scoring areas against spin, with the sweep becoming a really good option.
‘With fielding we have been looking at our technique. We have been working on picking the ball up and getting to the release point smoother and faster, which can make the difference in a run out. In catching, we have focused on our posture and keeping the head still and ensuring it does not go up or down. We have also used a speed gun to test out our throwing speed.’
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