Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews was short of words after his side’s below-par performance against the defending champions India yesterday. Mathews made it clear that Sri Lanka are low on spirit and the fight that characterized their majority of the cricket in 2014, has not been seen in this series at all.
“I’m disappointed and embarrassed by the fact that we were not competitive enough against the Indians. They thrashed us in the first ODI and also here. It was a convincing performance by them. We need to get our game up in the next few games to win against them.”
Mathews was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka in yesterday’s match and he mentioned the fact that the ther batsman need to step up and convert their good starts into big hundreds.
“It would have been better if I had got a 60 and we won the game. Unfortunately we ended up on the losing side. I’ve been pretty good with the bat in the past six-eight months, so I’m trying to continue that and be as consistent for as long as I can, and to try and contribute with either bat or ball for the team. Whoever gets a start with the bat needs to get going for the team.”
Mathews was also sceptical about his bowlers’ performances and said that they need to rise to the occasion when it matters the most.
“We don’t have a few of our best bowlers here – Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake. But it is a learning curve for the bowlers. This is a difficult place to bowl. It takes a lot out of them mentally and physically. Our bowlers are quite inexperienced.
“But that’s not an excuse, because we are playing international level, so we have to try and do well when we have the opportunity,” he said.
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