Speaking for the first time about the lively exchange of words captured on camera shortly after losing the three-game series to India on Tuesday, Shanaka said Arthur shouldn’t have done it publicly.
“This is something that should have happened in the locker room,” Shanaka told reporters in Colombo. “He (Arthur) wanted to know if I deviated from the agreed plan and said no.”
He said the coach asked him if he had changed the tactic they had agreed to before the game.
“There was no heated exchange,” Shanaka said. “I explained what happened. I said that I did not change my plans and that there was no deviation.”
India beat Sri Lanka’s 275-9 with five balls to spare in Colombo on Tuesday to record a victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.
The South African coach of Sri Lanka was seen sharing heated words with Shanaka and gesturing towards the captain on the field after the game that they lost by three wickets.
He seemed to indicate that Shanaka should go with him off the field, but the captain did not move as Arthur walked away, in a video widely shared on social media.
Arthur called it a “good debate” when social media posts criticized his actions.
“It was actually a very good debate, there is no need for mischief,” Arthur said on Twitter in response to the match commentator. Russel arnoldThe comment that the exchange should have taken place in the locker room.
Sri Lanka entered the series with injuries and without hitting coach Grant Flower, who tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return with the team from a tour of England where they lost both the ODI and Twenty20 series.
From 193-7, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar posted an unbeaten position of 84 for eighth to secure India’s victory.
Shanaka said Sri Lanka was hoping to improve its performance for the third and final ODI on Friday.