The Sri Lankan cricket team has been asked to ignore the continuous trolling which they are facing at the moment after a dismal run of results has ignited the fans to come hard at the cricketers. Even the government minister didn’t waste an opportunity to troll the players online. The Islanders have been pathetic in the last couple of months and haven’t been able to compete with top notch teams.
Mentor Aravinda de Silva conceded that the players shouldn’t be disheartened after losing the 2nd Test to India by an innings and 53 runs and rather look forward to the 3rd Test and salvage some pride. The hosts earlier lost the opening Test by 304 runs which came after the humiliating series loss to minnows Zimbabwe who hadn’t won an away for the past 8 long years.
Before the Zimbabwe series, Sri Lanka also bowed out of the Champions Trophy in the final group game after losing to Pakistan from a winning position.”Young players should not be discouraged by extraneous elements that seek to demoralise them via social media and gossip sites”, De Silva said as per a statement from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
One post joked that the Sri Lankans lost the 2nd Test inside four days because they didn’t want to play on the final day as it was a Buddhist holiday. Harsha de Silva, Government Minister shared a picture of himself on twitter with Indian skipper saying, “Told Virat Kohli #India Cricket to go easy on #SriLanka next Test. 600 a bit too steep.”
Some accused the Sri Lankans of having “pot bellies” by the Sports Minister after they lost the final do or die group clash against the eventual champions Pakistan. It is also learnt that the players met with top officials and coaches in an order to regroup as a unit.
“Sri Lanka are currently facing what is perceived to be a ‘slump’ in their performance and ranking,” the board said. The board is trying to rectify “a series of administrative and strategic missteps over the past several years”, the statement further added.