Sri Lanka’s chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has said that the side’s humiliating loss to India is a “bad dream” and hopes that the team will bounce back in the ODI series against England starting 26th November at Colombo.

Jayasuriya quoted:

I was not expecting miracles for Sri Lanka to win the series in India and all that kind of thing. What I expected was good, competitive cricket. If we are to play competitively, somebody had to bat a long innings like the Indian batsmen were doing. One of the top four needed to bat for 40 overs. Unfortunately it didn’t click, set batsmen got out. Overall, it was not the best performance but it’s a good experience for us.”

Jayasuriya wasn’t hesitant in admitting the fact that the second-string bowling attack and the inability of the top-order batsman to convert their starts into big runs were the most important factors that lead to their downfall in the series.

“The full strength of our bowlers was not there. We got the second-string bowlers for the series. It’s not easy bowling in India, we all know that. We had to give those bowlers the exposure one day, otherwise we would never get a chance. With injuries to so many bowlers, we had to put them in.

“India is a bad dream and it is not the first time we have gone through a series like this. People will criticise and say a lot of things about the team that we should not have gone to India and all that. If we had done well everyone would have said that was a good experience for the team. It can happen either way,” he said. 

Jayasuriya feels that this series loss can act as a blessing is disguise for the team as they’ll prepare themselves more nicely for the series against England, New Zealand and the World Cup 2015. 

This defeat in a way before the World Cup is like a blessing in disguise. Going through a bad patch I don’t mind that because there are 90 more days to go. If the team can start peaking from the England and New Zealand series till the end of the World Cup, that would be ideal.”


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