With India extending its dominating run under Virat Kohli with a thumping ‘tour wash’ in Sri Lanka, former Sri Lanka captain Marvan has called Virat Kohli & Co. best not only in the subcontinent but also in the world.
Team India arrived in Sri Lanka after an impressive outing in the last one year which saw them registering Test series wins over Windies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. The performance in limited-overs was equally impressive as series wins over New Zealand and England was followed by the march to the final in the Champions Trophy and another ODI series win over Windies.
India then continued its red-hot form in Sri Lanka too, whitewashing the hosts in all the three formats to seal a historical ‘tour wash’.
“Obviously I am disappointed (with Sri Lanka losing 0-9 to India). But India is the best team in the world in all the formats. It is not like good old days, now India is the best not only in the sub continent but outside too,” Atapattu told International Business Times.
The defeat against India, nevertheless, extended Sri Lanka’s poor run this year where they were also whitewashed in Tests and ODIs by South Africa, failed to win home series against Bangladesh, exited Champions Trophy at group stage before suffering a shocking ODI series loss against Zimbabwe at home.
And while many feel that the transition is one of the reasons behind the Islanders’ dismal run, Atapattu did not agree.
“Sri Lanka, unfortunately, have been having problems. I will stay away from using the word transition because that has been going on for too long for my liking. When you look at the players and the group, obviously, you feel that they lack self-confidence,” said the former opening batsman who is currently in Karnataka as a mentor of Belagavi Panthers.
Atapattu also hoped that the underperforming players would be given a longer rope in international cricket.
“Now that we don’t have the strongest domestic structure and the strongest school cricket set up you must be very careful in grooming players. Hopefully, you give them a long run once they are chosen to represent Sri Lanka, otherwise, you will be going forward and back. And you will realize that you are at the same place,” he said.