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Donald is my role model, says Fernando

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2000, 16:00 [IST]
 
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Durban: Sri Lanka's latest pace bowling find Dilhara Fernando has said that South African fast bowler Allan Donald has been his role model. Fernando, who took five for 98 in Sri Lanka's first Test against South Africa at the Kingsmead ground, said that he had always idolised Donald and had spent a long time studying his techniques. But his idol did not play the first Test, and may also be out of the second, which starts in Cape Town on Tuesday, due to a stomach muscle injury. It was Fernando's second appearance for Sri Lanka in a Test. "He (Fernando) stuck to his task very well. It has been a lot of hard work and we are very happy with his progress," team manager Ajit Jayasekara told the South African daily 'Citizen'. Fernando's colleague and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is getting much more attention during the South African tour, especially after he also took five wickets to bring him only four wickets away from his 300th Test scalp. But Fernando may soon become as well known, after his bowling speed was recorded at 147 km per hour on Thursday. India Abroad News Service

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