Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 20, 2012

'We have made many mistakes' - Jayawardene

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Less than two weeks ago, when Mahela Jayawardene and the Sri Lankans landed in Dhaka after a spunky performance in the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia, he was asked what he had done to revitalise the side since taking the captaincy from Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardene had played down the notion of a magic wand, pointing out some of the highs under Dilshan's leadership before bringing out the old cliche, "a captain is only as good as his team".

Today, after three defeats in the Asia Cup and little to be happy about besides the resolution of their pay problem, Jaywardene was asked by a journalist whether there was something wrong with his captaincy. He was initially nonplussed by the question, grinning disbelievingly at being asked that, before regaining his composure.

"Amazing isn't it, two weeks of cricket does that to you, eh?" he said. "We played Australia in the finals and I can't become a bad captain overnight. A captain is as good as his team and there are no secrets to it, just that he handles certain situations. We haven't played good cricket, there are no excuses for that."

Sri Lanka came into the tournament as favourites, but have been flat over the three matches. The fielding, such a strength of theirs in Australia, was lacklustre, highlighted again by Sachithra Senanayake shelling a straightforward caught-and-bowled chance off Tamim Iqbal. The bowling hasn't shown the verve of the previous series, and some of the shot selection by the batsmen has been questionable.

"I thought the Indian game was crucial when we were 200 for 2 or 3, chasing 300-plus but somehow we failed to finish the game off and from that point onwards we have not been able to play consistent cricket," Jayawardene said. "We have to take responsibility for not playing all-round consistent cricket, that is the reason."

Sri Lanka were in Bangladesh less than 30 hours after completing a grueling tri-series in Australia, and didn't have a single training session until after their first game. Jayawardene, though, didn't blame the jam-packed itinerary for his side's listless performance.

"We knew it was a tough schedule for us but that cannot be the excuse," he said. "We made many mistakes with the bat, ball on the field, so we will go back home and assess it. We raised our game pretty well in Australia and had set some standards but we could not maintain those standards."

He also had words of praise for Bangladesh's expectation-defying performance in the tournament. "They have played some amazing cricket and as a group they have performed more than individuals."

Previously, in a Pakistan v Bangladesh match, it was clear who the overwhelming favourite was, but Bangladesh are starting to change that notion. Asked to pick a winner in Thursday's final, Jayawardene sat on the fence, though he did offer a light-hearted tip to both captains. "Both teams will be practising their tosses because batting second is a big advantage here."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Valavan on March 24, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @shivshankar bharadwaj, SA will wallop England anyday, probably you are still in 90s, even in 90s, SA never walloped England. England, SA and OZ can wallop india anyday when they get out of subcontinent. FYI, 2008 was the first time SA won in England since readmission. Its great that greatest indian batter Dravid retired now, so England will get a walking wicket in that position. cricinfo please publish

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @James anderson add South africa to that list of big boys . They will wallop England any day. Will see where England stand after that . Oh i almost forgot there is a srilankan series for them as well.

  • on March 22, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @chilled_avenger, you are right mate, spot on with your facts. It is nice to see at least someone is coming out with real facts. Kindly tell us what is Virus average in the last test series against Australia, or for that matter for Gautams? You were the No 1 team in the world but you were well and truly whitewashed in 2 occasions. Please also note winning dead rubbers can avoid the whitewash. I think India should not be playing tests abroad with big boys of Australia and England especially on fast and bouncy tracks. They should be playing more cricket with their neighbors in more friendly conditions in the sub continent. Let the big boys play on fast and bouncy wickets. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. A good championship unit is far better than a team full of individual champions. So please dont bash Mahela or SL. Please get your own house in order first.

  • gularan on March 21, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Mahela, please please not again. Don't you ever say " we didn't play good cricket". It is like a record stuck in the same grove. For gods sake do something about it without whinging like an old woman. One good thing came about from your loss to BDesh viz, the indians who always depend on SL to either win or loose in order for them to get thro' to a final were effectively kept out of the final to allow a well deserving BDesh to have a crack at the final. Now go home and play to your potential against England and don't give lame excuses if you loose badly.

  • on March 21, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    SL team well done in down under. You were the best team in the CB series. It takes a great man to admit his own mistakes. Please concentrate on beating the Poms. If you can give them a good hiding in our own backyard then all of this fiasco in Bangladesh will be forgotton. Mahela , SL pride is in your capable hands.Good luck Mahela.Mahela all Nalandians are very proud of you. So keep up your good work.l

  • SajithKalinga on March 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    You are the best captain we have ever made. Just focus on England series & get the things done correct. All the best Mahela!!! And thank you very much for the Bangladesh match. The entire nation would love that.

  • Black_Rider on March 21, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @hindh88 ::I think it is far better than 0-8....

  • dalpadadu on March 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    after every bad series you repeat the same words.where is the end of these words.it continues and we beleive it.selectors has to wake up now.axe dilshan for a short period and try with a new stand-by guy.dont keep hopes in angelo mathews becasue it looks he dont fit into the team and also as a vice captain.i have been watching him but nothing to get from him so think about another replacement.try to introduce a performance basic payment system rather than a fixed package.prepair a full blood b team as a stand by team to replace at anytime.

  • on March 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I agree with Mahela that captain is as good as the team. But one must realize that captain is one of the 11 players picked on merit. So he has a role to play as a batsman/bowler/allrounder. Mahela still has a point to prove that his test match batting form has not dipped having failed miserably in last 3 overseas tours in tests. His only innings of significance was that face saving hundred in Galle test against Aussies. Dilshan was also failing badly as a captain in his role as a batsman since his 193 against England. SA test match series was a disaster for him. What puzzles me most is how these two players get no pressure of been dropped (I am not suggesting to drop them) after a series of failures while Thilan Samaraweera the most consistent test batsman in the world since 2007(highest batting average) was dropped after failing in a single match? I exclude his 17 and 43 against Aussies in second test as failures considering the magnitude of repeated failures by both these players.

  • AMRules on March 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    How shame it is !! Losing the game is not a worry but the way Srilanka lost says everything. All players except maharoof are in good form and the best team SL can have, still they lost all 3 matches. It's time to learn basics, name the 15th captain for the consecutive 15th month but pls don't say that we learnt lot of new things, played positive game during presentation of each game. Where are you Ranatunga!! your tips are most welcome

  • Valavan on March 24, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @shivshankar bharadwaj, SA will wallop England anyday, probably you are still in 90s, even in 90s, SA never walloped England. England, SA and OZ can wallop india anyday when they get out of subcontinent. FYI, 2008 was the first time SA won in England since readmission. Its great that greatest indian batter Dravid retired now, so England will get a walking wicket in that position. cricinfo please publish

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    @James anderson add South africa to that list of big boys . They will wallop England any day. Will see where England stand after that . Oh i almost forgot there is a srilankan series for them as well.

  • on March 22, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @chilled_avenger, you are right mate, spot on with your facts. It is nice to see at least someone is coming out with real facts. Kindly tell us what is Virus average in the last test series against Australia, or for that matter for Gautams? You were the No 1 team in the world but you were well and truly whitewashed in 2 occasions. Please also note winning dead rubbers can avoid the whitewash. I think India should not be playing tests abroad with big boys of Australia and England especially on fast and bouncy tracks. They should be playing more cricket with their neighbors in more friendly conditions in the sub continent. Let the big boys play on fast and bouncy wickets. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. A good championship unit is far better than a team full of individual champions. So please dont bash Mahela or SL. Please get your own house in order first.

  • gularan on March 21, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Mahela, please please not again. Don't you ever say " we didn't play good cricket". It is like a record stuck in the same grove. For gods sake do something about it without whinging like an old woman. One good thing came about from your loss to BDesh viz, the indians who always depend on SL to either win or loose in order for them to get thro' to a final were effectively kept out of the final to allow a well deserving BDesh to have a crack at the final. Now go home and play to your potential against England and don't give lame excuses if you loose badly.

  • on March 21, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    SL team well done in down under. You were the best team in the CB series. It takes a great man to admit his own mistakes. Please concentrate on beating the Poms. If you can give them a good hiding in our own backyard then all of this fiasco in Bangladesh will be forgotton. Mahela , SL pride is in your capable hands.Good luck Mahela.Mahela all Nalandians are very proud of you. So keep up your good work.l

  • SajithKalinga on March 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    You are the best captain we have ever made. Just focus on England series & get the things done correct. All the best Mahela!!! And thank you very much for the Bangladesh match. The entire nation would love that.

  • Black_Rider on March 21, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @hindh88 ::I think it is far better than 0-8....

  • dalpadadu on March 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    after every bad series you repeat the same words.where is the end of these words.it continues and we beleive it.selectors has to wake up now.axe dilshan for a short period and try with a new stand-by guy.dont keep hopes in angelo mathews becasue it looks he dont fit into the team and also as a vice captain.i have been watching him but nothing to get from him so think about another replacement.try to introduce a performance basic payment system rather than a fixed package.prepair a full blood b team as a stand by team to replace at anytime.

  • on March 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I agree with Mahela that captain is as good as the team. But one must realize that captain is one of the 11 players picked on merit. So he has a role to play as a batsman/bowler/allrounder. Mahela still has a point to prove that his test match batting form has not dipped having failed miserably in last 3 overseas tours in tests. His only innings of significance was that face saving hundred in Galle test against Aussies. Dilshan was also failing badly as a captain in his role as a batsman since his 193 against England. SA test match series was a disaster for him. What puzzles me most is how these two players get no pressure of been dropped (I am not suggesting to drop them) after a series of failures while Thilan Samaraweera the most consistent test batsman in the world since 2007(highest batting average) was dropped after failing in a single match? I exclude his 17 and 43 against Aussies in second test as failures considering the magnitude of repeated failures by both these players.

  • AMRules on March 21, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    How shame it is !! Losing the game is not a worry but the way Srilanka lost says everything. All players except maharoof are in good form and the best team SL can have, still they lost all 3 matches. It's time to learn basics, name the 15th captain for the consecutive 15th month but pls don't say that we learnt lot of new things, played positive game during presentation of each game. Where are you Ranatunga!! your tips are most welcome

  • Sinhaya on March 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Yes Mahela whatever may be, success against Engalnd in the 2 test series is a must!

  • ProdigyA on March 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Played 3 matches and lost all three matches. Do you have any shame?

  • lankanlioncric on March 21, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    mahela, loosing all 3 games is not acceptable. y is maharoof in the team? he doesnt bowl or bat. bosting 7 an over against BD

  • on March 21, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Win the toss & take the cup.

  • on March 21, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    You are playing good cricket Mahela and we all know that. .Don't worry about the media frenzy.The next challenge is at the door step already and you have to get buckled up.Feel sorry for you guys as you have to play cricket non stop which is a real concern.

  • on March 21, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    You did not make mistake because no one make mistake by himself but you was mistaken by bd.

  • Lion_96 on March 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka were lackluster during the whole tournament and my predictions came true. I said at the beginning of the competition, that Sri Lanka were gonna struggle to make it to the Final. Two long tours to South Africa & Australia (completely different conditions) injuries to Mathews & Perera (and unlike other top teams, we do not have the depth, when injuries occurs to key players, whether Mahela wants to admit that or not!) So this performance does not come as a surprise. Despite all this, one would be foolish to take anything away Bangladesh. They have been superb over the past week! And it would not surprise me, one bit, if they go on to win the 2012 Asia Cup! (Regardless of wins the toss!) Goodluck to both teams. And its pleasure to join the Indians at the airport!

  • nazim_ali on March 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    A well-playing sri lanka adds so much to cricketing world. I hope that they find their rhythm again. and Jayawardene is such a cool captain. Hope he turns it around as a batsman and a captain. Good luck in future. :)

  • xChaos on March 21, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    They just need a better roster.

    Sri Lanka is a legendary team, but without any of the good players, it might as well have been the worst team.

  • drdani on March 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    "We knew it was a tough schedule for us but that cannot be the excuse," --v rightly said..afterall we all r frofessional teams !! ... i also liked this line of the article---"Previously, in a Pakistan v Bangladesh match, it was clear who the overwhelming favourite was, but Bangladesh are starting to change that notion."-----gudluck to both teams !!

  • Baundele on March 21, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    The matches against India and Pakistan were easier for Sri Lanka. Their top order contributed; but the middle order flopped to lose from winnable situations. Bangladeshi bowlers (except Shahadat) bowled with great control and after losing the top three, it was not going to be easy for them. On the field, Bangladesh has been the most consistent team in this Asia Cup. Both India and SL looked a bit tired. Pakistan's real ability is anyone's guess. You never know what is happening when Misbah choose to bat first, fully knowing that 'batting under the light is quite easy'!

  • on March 21, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Arjuna Ranatunga predicted this disaster a long time ago losing to Bangladesh. I feel SL cricket go down hill from here onward. All the variable's are against SL especially the important political variable has to change and sad to say that it will not change for a long time. By the time that changes SL will be getting thrashed by Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, Bermuda and the Netherland. My deepest sympathy to Sri Lanka Cricket

    I also feel a jam-Packed Itinerary played it's part. But Sri Lanka with the risk of losing and with the England tour in mind should have played with fresh budding youth player or their A team. It would have bee ideal to test the bench strength and rested Mahela, Sanga and even Chandimal. But No excuses we got hammered.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on March 21, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What u can do when our reserve player NAZMUL take away your 3 top order batsman so quickly. But SL player well to score 232 at last.

  • anver777 on March 21, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    A tired SL team not shining at all in all three depts........... IND failed to reach 2nd consecutive finals.... a lucky escape for Pak in the 1st game.... BD playing some superb attacking cricket at the moment !!! Truly BD deserves to be in the FINAL !!!

  • Cvic on March 21, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Sure Mahela and team exhausted after long tour to South Africa and Australia. We never seen the enthusiasm and freshness during latter part of CB series and Asia Cup. injuries hurt the middle order and top order unable adopt to slow tracks after played in fast bouncing tracks for last four months. Their body language show this result when they play 1st game against india.

  • on March 21, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Come on Mahela, nice gift to India. Now they've enough time to prepare themselves at Geneva. _ From Sri Lankan fan

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    It is the tie to swap positions for BD and SL in ODIs.

  • singhrahulrnc on March 21, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Srilanka were not playing for win yesterday...that can be easily seen while batting,bowling and fielding of srilanka team...one example of that is when left handers bats mahela always use to give bowling to Dilshan but yesterday while tamin and shakib were going blazing Mahela didn't gave the bowling to Dilshan,while senanayeke was bowling well from other end...In the recently concluded CB series how srilanka shows desperation to win the last game against Australia while defending a small target of 220 or so..I have never seen Mahela bowled like that while batting...they were just flat during their fielding and bowling...I will not comment on the drop catch,they have been doing quiet regularly from the CB series...But coming as a favourate and losing all the matches to three different oppositions Srilanka couldn't have asked for such humiliations......

  • chilled_avenger on March 21, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Now Sri Lankan fans may realize that their Team is not as good as they think! Many SL fans claimed that this SL team is one of the Best in the World currently and is extremely good at playing away from Home just for qualifying for the CB Series Final even though they were down 3-0 in South Africa ODI Series before winnings 2 dead rubber games to reduce the difference and everyone spoke highly of the 2 ODI victories against SA even though SA was missing 3 first choice players i.e. Amla,Kallis & Steyn! When SL lost in the CB Final, SL fans said that it was because Matthews/Parera were injured but this logic wasn't applied in SA series previously when SA has rested some players. And they hardly ever mention that SL lost ODI and Test Series at home against Aus! Sanga averaged 30.66 in Eng tour and 30.0 in SA tour in tests and Mahela averaged 17.16 in Eng tour and 22.0 in SA tour in Tests yet fans say that SL batsman play well outside Asia! Get your facts right.......

  • stormy16 on March 21, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    This was always going to be tough assingment for SL given there is no come back or time to re-group. Still a dissappointing preformance all the same after the great performance in Australia and ironically both the WC finalist do not feature in the Asia cup final - its the beauty of the game I guess. For SL time to focus on the real challenge being test cricket and Eng and it will be interesting to see the difference of a new captain on the test arena.

  • bhaloniaz on March 21, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I am not impressed by his bowling changes. One of his bowler is keeping things under control or getting wickets. He takes off that bowler. It almost looks like he wants to please the other side. I know everyone else is happy with his unconventional bowling changes. I am not. He is immensely talented (as a batsman) and a good person.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 21, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    This is not even a proper full fledged tournament. Look at the results , India won two match but still did not make it to final. I don't agree with this one match against one opponent match in a big tournament like that. You should play a team two times at least to have a clear results. This tournament is time filler and do not justify any importance. Srilankan were tired and did not perform not because of their talent but schedule and less number of opportunities. India scored minimum 270 runs per innings in the tournament and is still out of final. this make no sense. This is not well plan and organized tournament at all.

  • Suresh_Joseph on March 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    This is most certainly not an indication of SL's quality... While India's batting and Pak's bowling are a force to reckon with, SL is easily the most well-balanced team in ODIs today... The absence of Mathew and Perera has hurt their team composition badly. Having said that, Bangladesh played like tigers in their den - it's left to be seen how they perform outside.

  • on March 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Mahela is great player regardless. I have lot of respect for him.

  • vswami on March 21, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Its a win the toss, bat second, win the match tournament.

  • fattypatty_Poorna on March 21, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    On that caught and bowled by Senanayake, I don't think its fair to say he shelled it. It dropped pretty short of him and you cant really say it was dropped or that the chance was missed. It was a good effort by Senanayake but not his fault that it dropped short. I don't think its fair to say he missed it because i don't think any of the Bangladesh, Indian or even Pakistani bowlers could have got to that.

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Complacency and player burn out is the only way to summarize Sri Lanka's mediocre performance at the Asia Cup.I mentioned earlier before the tournament that senior players should take a break from the Asia Cup to be ready for the England tour.It is high time that selectors follow a player rotation policy to ensure that players are given adequate rest to perform at optimum level.This will also help to introduce players who are on the fringe of wearing the national cap and increase the bench strength of the team when required.The selectors should re-think the composition of teams for different tournaments as many blunders have been made since the Pakistan,South Africa,CB series and now the Asia cup tours and tournaments.It is very disappointing to see Sri Lanka performing so inconsistently in the recent past.We only hope that Sri lanka will continue to perform to their potential in the future series.Congratualtions once again to Pakistan,Bangladesh and India for their superb performances

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    In a way good to loose. Lankans need that rest before the England tour starts.

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    There is no secret to it Mahela. You guys, much like India, were playing a fairly pointless tournament and needed some rest after the SA tour and the ODI series in Australia. Instead you are now going to rush into a very important series against England tired, jaded and flat.

  • sachinindiawins on March 21, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Hello- am not sure the Srilankans played their max level to defend/get any win, i think their should be some qualifying rounds even for recognised team for any major tournament , as example ICC T20 qualify rounds happening for other nations, , so that every team will play sincerely,anyway.. gud team performance by Bangladesh..kept their spirits..hard to hear again India out...irrespective of Kohlis master chase.... its beacuse of depending on other match fate...

  • Hindh on March 21, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    0-3 to jayawardene take that....

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  • Hindh on March 21, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    0-3 to jayawardene take that....

  • sachinindiawins on March 21, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    Hello- am not sure the Srilankans played their max level to defend/get any win, i think their should be some qualifying rounds even for recognised team for any major tournament , as example ICC T20 qualify rounds happening for other nations, , so that every team will play sincerely,anyway.. gud team performance by Bangladesh..kept their spirits..hard to hear again India out...irrespective of Kohlis master chase.... its beacuse of depending on other match fate...

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    There is no secret to it Mahela. You guys, much like India, were playing a fairly pointless tournament and needed some rest after the SA tour and the ODI series in Australia. Instead you are now going to rush into a very important series against England tired, jaded and flat.

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    In a way good to loose. Lankans need that rest before the England tour starts.

  • on March 21, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Complacency and player burn out is the only way to summarize Sri Lanka's mediocre performance at the Asia Cup.I mentioned earlier before the tournament that senior players should take a break from the Asia Cup to be ready for the England tour.It is high time that selectors follow a player rotation policy to ensure that players are given adequate rest to perform at optimum level.This will also help to introduce players who are on the fringe of wearing the national cap and increase the bench strength of the team when required.The selectors should re-think the composition of teams for different tournaments as many blunders have been made since the Pakistan,South Africa,CB series and now the Asia cup tours and tournaments.It is very disappointing to see Sri Lanka performing so inconsistently in the recent past.We only hope that Sri lanka will continue to perform to their potential in the future series.Congratualtions once again to Pakistan,Bangladesh and India for their superb performances

  • fattypatty_Poorna on March 21, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    On that caught and bowled by Senanayake, I don't think its fair to say he shelled it. It dropped pretty short of him and you cant really say it was dropped or that the chance was missed. It was a good effort by Senanayake but not his fault that it dropped short. I don't think its fair to say he missed it because i don't think any of the Bangladesh, Indian or even Pakistani bowlers could have got to that.

  • vswami on March 21, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Its a win the toss, bat second, win the match tournament.

  • on March 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Mahela is great player regardless. I have lot of respect for him.

  • Suresh_Joseph on March 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    This is most certainly not an indication of SL's quality... While India's batting and Pak's bowling are a force to reckon with, SL is easily the most well-balanced team in ODIs today... The absence of Mathew and Perera has hurt their team composition badly. Having said that, Bangladesh played like tigers in their den - it's left to be seen how they perform outside.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 21, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    This is not even a proper full fledged tournament. Look at the results , India won two match but still did not make it to final. I don't agree with this one match against one opponent match in a big tournament like that. You should play a team two times at least to have a clear results. This tournament is time filler and do not justify any importance. Srilankan were tired and did not perform not because of their talent but schedule and less number of opportunities. India scored minimum 270 runs per innings in the tournament and is still out of final. this make no sense. This is not well plan and organized tournament at all.