Labelling their loss to South Africa in the quarter-final as their worst performance in the International Cricket Council World Cup, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan skipper on Wednesday thanked old war horses Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for their benefaction to cricket.
The Asian islanders were bowled out for a trifling total of 133 run, which South Africa chased down in just 18 overs with 9 wickets to spare to enter the semi-finals.
Angelo Mathews said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here that this is easily the worst performance that they have done in the International Cricket Council World Cup and it happened to be in the quarter-finals. It is disheartening not to make it an unforgettable one for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. He wants to take this chance on behalf of the country and the team to thank them for their services.
He added that they have provided their services for more than 16 to 17 years and it is crucial service. So, they really salute them. The best thing would have been to go to the World Cup finale and win it for them, but sadly they could not do it and they will find a way to try and make them smile.
The 27 years old blamed their nervousness for such a miserable performance in the business-end of the International Cricket Council World Cup. He added that there were no demons on the wicket, they could have batted well. They could have at least got to 250 run and given their bowlers an opportunity, but sadly they did not bat well. They just did not go for the shots.