Angelo Mathews Should Have Remained As The Captain Of The Side, Says Arjuna Ranatunga
Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that Angelo Mathews, the former skipper, should not have resigned as the captain. The World Cup 1996 winning skipper has conceded that at a time when the team is struggling very horribly to get things together, an experienced leader like Mathews would have added more positivity.
Sri Lanka is in the middle of an existential crisis. After failing to make a mark in the Champions Trophy 2017 hosted in England, the side has been struggling to maintain its status at the international level following defeats at the hands of Zimbabwe and most recently India.
The situation has worsened to a level where fans have begun to mob team bus and hurl bottles during live games.
Transition period has gone wrong
Following the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, the team has completely failed to maintain their aura. Several youngsters have been tried but none of them has managed to find their feet in the team and take the team forward.
“Mathews is the best captain I have seen after Ranjan Madugalle. When he said that he wanted to quit, SLC should have told him to hang in there without throwing the towel in. If I had any say, I would have told him that this is not the time to quit,” Ranatunga told Cricbuzz.
“When Sri Lanka whitewashed No 1 ranked Australia in the Test series last year, there were a lot of people to take credit, but sadly when he lost he was made the scapegoat and all the blame was on him. Mathews was a very positive captain, but due to constant changes and lots of chopping and changing he started becoming negative because he lost the confidence,” the former captain added.
One of the prime reasons behind Mathews’ resignation was his struggle for fitness. He missed a few critical games for Sri Lanka in recent times which along with a series of losses prompted Mathews to leave the post.
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