Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane

Series win best of my captaincy - Sangakkara

Peter English at the Gabba

November 7, 2010

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Kumar Sangakkara drives through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, November 3, 2010
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Kumar Sangakkara has rated the series win over Australia as the best of his captaincy, but said his team must avoid lapses like the one at the Gabba if it is to be the best in the world. Sri Lanka followed their Twenty20 victory last week with two wins to claim the ODI trophy, but stumbled to an eight-wicket defeat in Sunday's dead rubber.

After their batting was so strong over the rest of the tour, the tourists were knocked over for 115 in only 32 overs to end their chances of a clean sweep. "The real thing about today is we know we're a good team, but if we want to be the best, things like this can't really happen," Sangakkara said. "We are on our way to where we want to go, but we've got fine-tuning to do."

Sangakkara, who took over from Mahela Jayawardene in 2009, led the side to their first series victory in Australia and said the result was "definitely" the best result of his captaincy. "We had a couple of targets, one was to try and beat India in India, which we couldn't do, and the other was to try to beat Australia in Australia. We managed to do that and it's a great team effort and we are very happy."

Sri Lanka now return home to prepare for a three-Test series against West Indies starting on November 15. "Sometimes it's a good thing [not having much time between games], when you're in form and in rhythm," Sangakkara said. "Sometimes it's important to keep playing, and winning games."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (November 11, 2010, 18:58 GMT)

harsh_vardhan2002, OK MAN, YOU GUYS BECAME 2ND IN COMMONWEALTH GAMES, YOU GUYS ARE THE RICHEST OUT OF ALL BOARDS, SURESH RAINA EARNS MORE THAN SANGAKKARA.. OK IF YOU SAY SO, BUT EVENTUALLY THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, SL WON THE WORLD CUP IN 1996, ENTER THE SEMI FINALS IN 2003 AND FINALS IN 2007, WON THE ASIAN TEST CHAMPIONSHIP AND ETC.. BEING THE POOR NATION (AS YOU THINK) WE ARE WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS MUCH IN THIS SHORT TIME. BUT YOU GUYS, COULDN'T EVEN MAKE SUPER EIGHT IN LAST YEARS WORLD CUP, KICKED OUT OF THE LAST T20 WC'S EVEN BEFORE THE SEMI FINALS, ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY YAAR, ITS ABOUT PERFORMANCE!

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 11, 2010, 11:16 GMT)

@ALTAAF WELL THEN WHY COULD NOT YOUR BOARD USED UDRS IN THIS YEAR'S INDIA SRI TEST SERIESU WERE THE HOSTS AND I AM ASKING ABOUT GOLD MEDALS WON HOW MANY U GOT ONE TWO LOOK THIS IS CRICKET SHOW U SHOULD NOT HAVE DRAGGED RUBGY INTO THIS AS SUCH WE HAVE ALREADY GOT CWG AND U ASK OF BIDDING A DECADE LATER AND 12 PLAYERS OR 15 PLAYERS WINNING SPIRIT DOES NOT HAMPER ANYTHING I THINK U PEOPLE JUST CANT ACCEPT THE HARD TRUTHS AND FACTS THAT EVEN AFTER U HAVING THE BEST OFF SPINNER IN WORLD U COULD NEVER WIN A TEST MATCH WITH HIM SHAMEFUL THAT U CANT DIGEST FACTS SORRY NATION PITY ON U GUYS STILL FEED ON BCCI DONT HAVE YOUR OWN AUTHORITY TO USE UDRS IN YOUR OWN NATION HAHAHAHAHAHA LOVE THAT ALTAAF MATE

Posted by   on (November 11, 2010, 10:54 GMT)

SL played test cricket in Australia in 2008? not so sure mate, SL's last test tour to SL was Lasith Malinga's maiden Test match, Im talking about test cricket, look at my previous comment crefully. and the other thing is If you a judging a team by their performance in the past rather than present its rubbish. how do you or me know that tcurrent SL team can't beat SA in SA? I know that SL can beat Aus in Aus in ODI, becouse they just did that, you can't say SL will lose to SA this time because they lost to them 10 years ago!, can you, make sure you post only the truth next time!

Posted by altaaf on (November 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT)

harsh_vardhan2002 yeh we clearly so the statue of India hosting the commonwealth Games, delays, Slippery track & field, animals running in Athletes apartment,dirty pools and swimmers getting sick and finally empty stadiums. 2018 Srilanka will win the bid to host then watch us. on the other hand Last time we played test in India we had to play against 12 players.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

@TimmyF_23. As I said earlier we do not need due credit from you or the other fans.But history will say SL beat AUS 2-1 in ODI and T20 as well.That no body can erase or denied.That is the fact.I know may be you are Aussie Indian fan (Indian who got AUS citizenship).May be you give bogus credit to IND too.But one thing is for sure AUS is most feared about SL than others.Then any fans having a doubt why I am saying like that.Reasons: so far no body beat AUS in WC final like SL (convinsingly).And also SL is the one and only team who beat AUS in T20 on there won backyard so far.SL having 50-50 wining ratio in WC finals against them (SL batted under the darkness).And also SL is team where they put AUS out of T20 WC in WIN.So they are many factors around them my friend.That why they do not like.But lot of other fans intersed more on SL than there own team.Do'nt forget that.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 10, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

@ALTAAF OK SO U TALK ABOUT STUFF OUTSIDE CRICKET THEN MATE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WE STOOD SECOND IN THIS YEARS GAMES AND HOW MANY GOLD U WON CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WELL LESS THAN MY FIVE FINGERS THIS IS A CRICKET SHOW AND DONT TALK ABOUT DEMOGRAPHY AND OTHER SPORTS AS RUGBY AND BY THE WAY DO U SL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO HOST ANY SUCH EVENT WELL YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS MEDIOCRE AND SHAMBOLIC U CANT COMPARE THAT TO OUR STADIUMS FACILITY SO SRILANKA SHOULD NEVER EVER COMPARE ITSELF TO OTHERS JUST STRIVE TO SUCCESS UR OWN WAY BY THE WAY TALKING CRICKET YOU COWARDS HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH IN INDIA UDRS OR NOT MURALI OR NOT WINNING SPIRIT CANT BE HAMPERED BY ANYTHING ALONE UDRS CANT HELP ANYONE WIN THE TECHNOLOGY WHICH ITSELF AINT FOOLPROOF

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT)

@TATTUs. We lost against AUS in AUS is true.If not umpire's blinder SL could have easily Level the series.Later umpire apologise as well for that incident.Early days we lost against SA but not resuntly.Those days we minnows.But now we are one of the leading cricket team in the world.When SL played against them in Last time we won the series with 2-0 (that too with World Record).That is why they do not like to play with SL.But when SA toured to IND they Level series on both occassion in resent years.Don't forget When SL played last time is with SA in SA is long time ago.We had a better record against them in ODI as well.We won 5-0 (whitewash) as well in ODI against them where IND can not even think about that.Apart from SL only AUS is manage to have better record against them.So if they give us a chance we will win.

Posted by TimmyF_23 on (November 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker if you dont need our credit why do you sri lankans keep saying "aus should give credit when its due?" Ill tell you why, because deep down you no that Australia & world cricket didnt care about this series,Australia were not playing at full intensity and where doing various forms of fitness training for the ashes at the time of the series. So therefore your looking for justification for your series win, you know that every body knows the facts i previously stated and your insecure about what people think, which actually is "that they dont care about sri lankan cricket or wont recognise this series victory." As i said mate, we do give credit out where its due, for eg: IND deserved to beat us, well done. Sri lanka didnt deserve to win and did nothing to gain any credit from any cricket fan.

Posted by TATTUs on (November 10, 2010, 3:30 GMT)

@amila sampath

SL played in AUS in 2008! thats not 5 years is it?They still lost 2-0! Couldnt even draw one! Why would you go to SA> You were not able to even Draw more than one test there! LOL. Its as if - if you go there you will wreak havoc or something! LOL! Not even Drawn more than one, you are talking about winning!

Posted by   on (November 10, 2010, 3:15 GMT)

@harsh_vardhan2002.This is the game, it is not to see who are rich or poor.It is not measuring Forbes Magazine to pubish.This is just a game like other sport.At that point we have to take all the actions to play fair game and minimize the error.For that everybody need UDRS.Even run out decision also not 100% foolproof still we are using.Then why cant we use UDRS?You know the answer..... @TimmyF_23 .We do not need your credit in this series and history will say SL win T20 & ODI series that it.Furher will say SL is the First team to beat AUS in AUS in T20 can you denied??...That too comprehencively.Your bowlers can not get those two wkts means that is inability of your bowlers and our batters ability.Nothing else.I know AUS never give any credits to anybody.That is there way.

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