The Sri Lankan team is currently going through one of its worst phases at present with the team looking weaker than ever. After an unsatisfying outing against the lowly Zimbabwe at home, The Lankans have shown least amount of improvement in the immediate assignment – the ongoing bilateral series against India.
In the three match Test series – they have already conceded the series after going down 2-0 following losses at Galle and Colombo. To conclude, the India-Sri Lanka Test series is proving to be the biggest mismatch in the history of their rivalry.
Lankan Legend Unimpressed
Former Sri Lanka skipper, Aravinda De Silva was visibly upset with the performances made by his side. There was criticism from his side but the points he made were completely unrelated to the players and their capabilities and focussed on the financial side of the game.
He feels the Indian team’s strength is related to the financial health of BCCI which helps them divert more money to the development of grass root cricket while the weaker boards like SLC and others have been unable to do so due to limited financial powers.
“From the grassroots level, they have to be up to a certain level, so they (youngsters) work hard knowing what their (required) level is. It’s credit to them for doing it and coming up with such a concept (IPL).
He also credited the role Indian Premier League (IPL) in the advancement of Indian cricket.
“The IPL has helped them (Indian players) in playing against the best players in the world. They are able to bring in all the international players because of the monetary capability of the Indian cricket board. They all bring in the best knowledge into one country because all the best coaches are there in one competition,” said Aravinda de Silva.
“So you have the best knowledge, best competition in one package. That enhances your talent from a very young age,” the former Sri Lanka skipper said in a chat at his residence in Colombo.
Aravinda, one of the batting pillars of the Sri Lankan side in the 1990s was a key member of the 1996 World Cup-winning side. Aravinda along with other legendary names like Sanath Jayasuriya and Arjuna Ranatunga sowed the seeds of the new-age Lankan side that rose steeply in stature.
The veteran, nicknamed “Mad Max” for his free flowing batting, states that he wishes to watch more evenly contested games than lop sided ones.
“It gives me more pleasure watching a competitive game; it’s better to watch Federer and Nadal play than Nadal against an unseeded player.
“From a spectator’s point of view, they would enjoy a Mumbai Indians versus Bangalore Royal Challengers playing, that is where the real fight is,” said Aravinda de Silva.