March 3, 2012

You need to fight Australia for every run

Sri Lanka did well to move on from the Hobart defeat, defending a modest target to qualify for the CB Series finals. Now the last hurdle
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It would mean a lot for us to beat Australia in the finals over the coming week. We have not won a tri-series here before, although we did beat Australia 2-1 last time we toured, in 2010. You come into these tournaments wanting to win and it is brilliant to have achieved our first goal of reaching the finals, but the hard work is yet to come.

Australia are a tough opponent. They will come hard at us in the first final so it's important we keep calm and play our natural game. We have been handling the tough situations better than them in the past few matches and we need to keep doing that.

It has been a fun four weeks so far. This series has been a good challenge and the youngsters are really stepping up. Dinesh Chandimal has been right at the top of the list as far as consistency is concerned. He has handled tough situations really well and has been the standout among our younger guys. But everyone else has stepped up as well. Tillakaratne Dilshan has had a really good series, Kumar Sangakkara is back in his usual rhythm after a slow start, and Lahiru Thirimanne, who is still gaining experience, has shown he is a very competent player.

Our lower middle-order batsmen don't have as much experience as the top order but they are learning all the time. They might make the odd mistake here or there but they are still young and we need them to be able to handle tough situations. Then they can become very good long-term players for us. I'm backing them 100% to do the job.

The bowling unit has been very good as well. Lasith Malinga is leading the attack but a lot of guys - Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Farveez Maharoof, Thisara Perera - have performed at different times. It has been a real collective effort. I was especially happy with the way the bowlers bounced back after losing to India in Hobart.

After that match we had a ten-minute meeting and all I said to the boys was that we know we can play much better cricket and that we would not suddenly become a worse side because of that loss. Our bowling unit did not become a worse one overnight. Everyone moved on from that, which is what good teams do. To come back in the next game and defend 238 against Australia with two bowlers getting injured showed a lot of character. I'm very proud of them.

We lost both Thisara and Angelo Mathews to injury during Friday's game. Unfortunately Thisara will not be able to play in the finals because of his back injury and will probably fly back home, but Angelo seems to be okay, and Farveez, who missed the Melbourne game with a sore back, is also getting better. We will assess them before the first final and make a call.

We know it will be tough to beat Australia in the finals but we will go in confident because we have beaten them in the last three matches. To beat Australia you have to compete with them. You need to fight with them for each run, each wicket. That's what we have been doing, and we have handled some situations better than them. We haven't let them take the game away from us. It's very important when you play Australia that you don't let them loose. You have to keep at them all the time.

I think they will still be confident because the matches have been closely fought. They haven't been big wins for us. In any format, the start is very important - that's when the platform is built. We've managed to keep Australia's openers quiet so far and hopefully we can do that in the finals as well. We have kept our plans to them nice and simple - bowling straight and adapting well to different surfaces.

From a personal point of view, it has been a good challenge to captain my country again. It was a position I could not refuse. There was work to be done in the team, and I knew I should take on the responsibility. This has also been our first series with a new coach, Graham Ford, who has introduced some new things into the set-up. We have been really happy with the last four weeks, after starting out with two losses.

There have been some issues along the way, including when Lahiru was run out backing up too far against India. I think we and the Indians handled the situation well. I don't think Lahiru had been given a warning before it, but he was at fault. I spoke to him about the rule afterward and told him he was leaving the crease too early and he understood that. He is not taking off too early anymore. He knows he can take a small start but not take advantage of it.

We are also playing without the DRS in this series. I am a big fan of the DRS because I think we should use whatever technology we can to help the umpires and improve the decision-making process. I'd love to be using it in this tournament but the umpiring has been pretty consistent and we have been happy with it.

It is one of the many things players cannot change, so we are focusing on the things we can control. That is what we must do to beat Australia, which will be a very tough challenge.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is the country's leading Test run-scorer

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  • Indian_Lady on March 6, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    To ProdigyB, If Australia could take India in they would happily do it, but they had no control over sri lanka. What you need to understand is Sri Lanka given you chances as they did in WC 11 final.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Not only Mahela, all the sri lankan team had proved that they can do it. Mahela I am so proud that you took over the captaincy and had showed your colors. I wish you all the best for the 2nd game.

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Mr Mahila, all this rubbish talk is all good but first have a heart. Have a heart large enough to accept that your guy was WRONG period and kick him on his back side. Instead of winning that he was "Little bit" his fault. and of course, have the heard heart to thank the aussies for putting you in the final.

  • Wolfpac on March 5, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Mahela your the best, a gentlemen of a cricketer

  • zenboomerang on March 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @Mahela Jayawardene...A great read from a very impressive captain who is both ruthless & a gentleman - hard to be both & pull it off so well :) ... Also a player who I have the utmost respect for... It is also good to get a Sri Lankan perspective with only Oz & Indian reporters writing articles - a pity & it should be corrected next series... Have always loved watching SL play in Oz & this series is just another example of 2 small countries playing some of the best cricket in the world today - compare it to Eng v Pak or SA v NZ in their ODI series... lol... Doesn't compare... Best of luck Mahela for the 2nd match & again prove the rest of the world wrong once again...

  • denwarlo70 on March 5, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, the difference is back then, we Lankans we on the losing side in every match and now, the table has changed and so have the mind set of people I guess , ha ha ha ha,,,

  • Mark00 on March 5, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    The problem with Mahela's captaincy is the same as his batting. He's afraid to rely on his instincts and innovate. He plays it "safe" and sticks rigidly to convention. That's fine for 90% of situations but it also means that he doesn't rise to challenges. We saw his failure as a captain and a batsman because he was afraid to step up. To his credit, he's done well at not getting in the way of other team-member's motivation and drive. As a result, Kula and other tail-enders rose to the challenge in a way that Mahela could have done twice as well if only he trusted himself more.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mahela we appreciate what you have done to the team. Your one of the best captain in the world and Sanga you too. God bless Sri Lanka.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    I liket to say something to Varunvinod06 all the commentators respect Mahela and also he is a good sportman nobdoy curse at our team. Matthew is great batsman,why should he be fine for what. Dhoni was fined. So stop harrasing our team. We are one of the best team in the world. We have to concentrate with our game. Good Luck SRI LANKA.

  • Harry_Kool on March 5, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    You are not only a credit to your country, but a credit to cricket, Mahela. Best wishes for your future.

  • Indian_Lady on March 6, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    To ProdigyB, If Australia could take India in they would happily do it, but they had no control over sri lanka. What you need to understand is Sri Lanka given you chances as they did in WC 11 final.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Not only Mahela, all the sri lankan team had proved that they can do it. Mahela I am so proud that you took over the captaincy and had showed your colors. I wish you all the best for the 2nd game.

  • ProdigyA on March 5, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Mr Mahila, all this rubbish talk is all good but first have a heart. Have a heart large enough to accept that your guy was WRONG period and kick him on his back side. Instead of winning that he was "Little bit" his fault. and of course, have the heard heart to thank the aussies for putting you in the final.

  • Wolfpac on March 5, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Mahela your the best, a gentlemen of a cricketer

  • zenboomerang on March 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @Mahela Jayawardene...A great read from a very impressive captain who is both ruthless & a gentleman - hard to be both & pull it off so well :) ... Also a player who I have the utmost respect for... It is also good to get a Sri Lankan perspective with only Oz & Indian reporters writing articles - a pity & it should be corrected next series... Have always loved watching SL play in Oz & this series is just another example of 2 small countries playing some of the best cricket in the world today - compare it to Eng v Pak or SA v NZ in their ODI series... lol... Doesn't compare... Best of luck Mahela for the 2nd match & again prove the rest of the world wrong once again...

  • denwarlo70 on March 5, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, the difference is back then, we Lankans we on the losing side in every match and now, the table has changed and so have the mind set of people I guess , ha ha ha ha,,,

  • Mark00 on March 5, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    The problem with Mahela's captaincy is the same as his batting. He's afraid to rely on his instincts and innovate. He plays it "safe" and sticks rigidly to convention. That's fine for 90% of situations but it also means that he doesn't rise to challenges. We saw his failure as a captain and a batsman because he was afraid to step up. To his credit, he's done well at not getting in the way of other team-member's motivation and drive. As a result, Kula and other tail-enders rose to the challenge in a way that Mahela could have done twice as well if only he trusted himself more.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Mahela we appreciate what you have done to the team. Your one of the best captain in the world and Sanga you too. God bless Sri Lanka.

  • colombo62 on March 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    I liket to say something to Varunvinod06 all the commentators respect Mahela and also he is a good sportman nobdoy curse at our team. Matthew is great batsman,why should he be fine for what. Dhoni was fined. So stop harrasing our team. We are one of the best team in the world. We have to concentrate with our game. Good Luck SRI LANKA.

  • Harry_Kool on March 5, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    You are not only a credit to your country, but a credit to cricket, Mahela. Best wishes for your future.

  • Kolpak1989 on March 4, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Mahela is a fantastic captain. I think the captaincy in one-day cricket has been more exciting that the captaincy in test cricket lately. Probably because there are so many good one-day captains at the moment. Mahela, Dhoni, De Villiers, Clarke. Great to watch. Sri Lanka and Australia are very evenly matched so far in this series too. I think at the end of this series we will know who is the best one-day team in the world, South Africa is the only other team that would be in contention.

  • on March 4, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I'm loving the way Srilanka is playing. Great cricket from them. Well done.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Mahela is a lovable character. He LOVES the game and he RESPECTS his opponents. After the India encounter at Hobart, he walked up to Virat Kohli and caressed his hair and patted him on the shoulder. Now that signifies two things - warm applause for Kohli's remarkable achievement, and the fact there is a healthy relationship between both teams. This is why I continue to watch this wonderful sport. Mahela belongs to a dying breed of cricketers. Players like him who command respect and know how to respect. For Mahela's sake I hope SL continue to play good cricket. Being an Indian supporter, I will always admire Mahela as a player and human being.

  • chsj on March 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    The way Srilanka faced up to Aus, puts in perspective OZ's wins against India. Obviously India played horribly to make Aus look so good. Oz's challenges against good sides still remain the same as at the end of NZ's tour and prior to India's capitulation. OZ batsmen and especially bowlers still have way to go before they can win with good teams. And what we India fans suspect is reaffirmed, any team wants their batsmen to come into form - tour India; want to make their bowlers look good if not great - get India to tour.

  • cricmerc7 on March 4, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @.faraz. Ha haa... Yet another disappointed fan. What ever happen. Don't worry about mahela... He knows what he is doing and there are enough Sri Lankan fans behind him.

    CheerZ

  • kunderanengineer on March 4, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Mr. Jayawardene, great attacking field placements, choice of bowlers and overall leadership in the last match before the finals vs Aussies. It was truly a masterpiece in captaincy! As an Indian fan I have to bow my head to you and your team for achieving so much in a relatively short stay in Australia. Although your team just lost the first final it was certainly not for a lack of courage and effort as you almost pulled out victory from the jaws of what appeared to be certain defeat once again demonstrating that your wonderful team of promising young players has the heart to be champions one day. All the best in the finals! See you in the Asia Cup!

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    great job Mahela.

    you have shown cricket is not just simple batting or just hammering the opponents for mere boundaries and sixers. We Sri Lankans have a strong culture and you and the team have displayed it very well.

    with all respect to your leadership, ive got one question, why you all missed or ignored chanaka welagedara and continued with Dammika?

    I believe Wela is better a challenge to the opponents..

    just a thought...

    Good luck to the second final.. we shall win..

  • varunvinod06 on March 4, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    openers quiet. ya right. warner just scored 160 odd runs and wade too got a fifty in the first finals. exact opposite. mahela has got the commentators curse. and i really hope mathews get fine soon. he is a fine player and a big loss for srilanka if he dosent play the second finals.

  • .faraz. on March 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    mahela plz stop giving interviews and concentrate on ur game.....u r not worth for open the innings.....poor guy...lol....

  • Herath-UK on March 4, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Maharoof has a poor record when comes to batting and never seemed to have strung up a decent score.However he comes before Nuwan who has shown his ability on number of occasions. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on March 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Good Cricket...Both team played well...This is how someone should loose a match..Sri Lanka is in winning path..

  • .faraz. on March 4, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Today's match showing who is best....Throughout this series Sri lanka batted first....When u chase its a big thing...hope srilankan's feels now after their today's poor show....Anyhow srilankan lions has to pack up next match.....get ready...lol....lions doest not = gangarooooooooooo

  • johnathonjosephs on March 4, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Its funny... The last time Mahela wrote an article, the comments were talking about how he should concentrate more on his batting than his writing. Funny how times can change so quickly

  • on March 4, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Excellent job Sri Lanka. I read somewhere that Sri Lankan players havent even been paid for a year. Still they keep fighting and performing so well. Sri Lanka certainly deserves the spirit of Cricket award for this year.

  • on March 4, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Always love to read your articles and I've been waiting your article since your last article.I do appreciate you for sharing your ideas like this.Superb Captaincy, Superb Personnel.All the Best, Good Luck Mahela!!!You brought back Sri Lankan Brand of Cricket we Love yet again.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on March 4, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    "From a personal point of view, it has been a good challenge to captain my country again. It was a position I could not refuse. There was work to be done in the team, and I knew I should take on the responsibility." Great leadership quality.

    Shame for Tendulkar who has Zero leadership skills and wants to be compared with Bradman,Sobers,Ponting and Richard etc who were great players and great Captains who took real responsibility and not abstract terms like 'hope of Nation". You have made your Country proud. Just a population of 22 million and able to be on Par with a country of 1200 million. India is so great that they have to depend on Tendulkar for quarter of a century as they have no confidence in their population.

  • OutCast on March 3, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I didn't realize that cricket fans are as same as soccer fans.... How can people say India was the worst team in CB series? Indeed, statistically Aus is the worst team in CB series... if Ind-SL wasn't rained out India would've been in the finals.. SL is the chart leader and Ind owned SL in CB series... Aus is playing at HOME and COULDN'T CHASE DOWN 238 AGAINST NO-NAME BOWLERS? AUS couldn't defend 290 runs either.... When was the last time India was beaten in successive games in India? India never loses in India like Aus is losing to a team that hasn't won a series since 2011 January... To me, even if SL is all out for 99, Aus will not get past that number...

  • Ameega on March 3, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    This team can break the so called JINX, winning a final! First test win in SA, defeating Aus 3 in a row and defended 238, which is 3rd lowest against Aus in Aus! Last time SL in CB finals, they did first 40% on their way until Aus controlled the rest after they were 10/3 in 2nd final. Anything is possible if you guys well plan! Good luck both teams.

  • maxximoo on March 3, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Mahela: you, and your team, are most welcome to bring your spirit and fight to our shores any time. It is a pleasure to watch you play and lead. Your experienced warriors and young soldiers never cease to compete and entertain us. You have our respect. I am only sad that you have been here for such a short time this summer. I know I will enjoy watching you grow this team. Best of luck in the finals.

  • Mala_Yaka on March 3, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Congrats Mahela on a excellent job so far - and best of luck for the finals! It is really great to see our team back to their true potential!!

    One thing though ... once CB series under the belt you guys need to do something about our recent performances against India - not just the Hobart match, but our record against India in recent years has been unusually poor, and seems to be getting poorer. We fans really miss the days of Jayasuriya thrashing the likes of Venkatesh Prasad around each time we played India.

  • samindashj2002 on March 3, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    sri lanka you can do it...we r in the final again...this time we need to win it...thats it good luck sri lanka matha.........

  • on March 3, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Wish you all the best Mahela and the team.You have got the opportunity of lifting the cup. Grab it. Don't let it go.

  • mark2011 on March 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    It is better we understand how tough Aus going to come in finals. We should not lose focus on the match at any point whethr we seems to be better position or AUS seems to be in weak position. Specially do not let things go out of your hand when it is on your control.. we saw this happnd in recent past in SL team(not in this series excpet India matc Hobart).. so it is better to be ready for unexpected situations.. everytime things wont work according to plan.. so in such cases do something different or totally unsual.. dont just stick to conventional strategy alway.. use some unsula filed setting, bowlling to do something differnt or make opposition change thier thinking and try to go for the needed target as captain. so far Mahela you done a excellent job and succesful, specially in last game it was your captancy played major part in winning the match. I wish all the best you & the team in finals, hopefully will have the cup bring to SL..

  • on March 3, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Mahela's 'motto' for the CBS Trophy, " fight Australia for every run" need to be remembered when fielding and during batting. As our team learns from every match - lesson! The bestis from the last ODI when Mike Hussey's made an error in trying for a six or four in the first ball of our last over? Last 6 balls with 10 runs to score could have been easier, 2 runs per ball by Hussey, developing the pressure and winning the game. SL have made this mistake many a time, trying the big hits? We need to take Mahela's motto and steal one run or two but not in sixers or fours under pressure..

  • on March 3, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    One of the Most Admired & Respected Captain, the Game has seen.. Mahela

  • stormy16 on March 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    The biggest difference to the team is runs from Mahela and it was a brave to move up the order against the new bal in Australia of all places and to take on the Aussies. That really was a fantasitc move and with it Dilshan gaining his old self back. Its also refreshing to see a captain with a plan and using resources in an intelligent manner. His plans on the feild and with the ball and field placements have been sensational. To beat Australia Mahela needs to have a master plan and in reality he needs to keep doing what he has been doing this summer. I feel the key to Australia is Warner and Watson - one of who can take the game away. The next is keeping the pace attack at bay which Mahela himself has take on - more of the same in the finals. There is one factor - Adelaid, this wicker will suit SL best and may give the spinners a role. Mahela will of course know all this!!

  • stormy16 on March 3, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    The biggest difference to the team is runs from Mahela and it was a brave to move up the order against the new bal in Australia of all places and to take on the Aussies. That really was a fantasitc move and with it Dilshan gaining his old self back. Its also refreshing to see a captain with a plan and using resources in an intelligent manner. His plans on the feild and with the ball and field placements have been sensational. To beat Australia Mahela needs to have a master plan and in reality he needs to keep doing what he has been doing this summer. I feel the key to Australia is Warner and Watson - one of who can take the game away. The next is keeping the pace attack at bay which Mahela himself has take on - more of the same in the finals. There is one factor - Adelaid, this wicker will suit SL best and may give the spinners a role. Mahela will of course know all this!!

  • on March 3, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    The Hobart debacle should have been cleared with a test for drugs, to make sure that no stains are left to be cleared. It is not too late even now !!!!!!!!!

  • on March 3, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Mahela, you have already proved that anything is possible and you have shown the way for a turnaround for Sri - Lanka. Keep it up and I'm sure the support of the seniors such as Kumar and Dilshan as well as the youngsters will be there as every one seem to be playing for the country and not to boost up the personal ajendas.

    Blessings to you and the team and good luck to Sri Lanka

  • Sinhaya on March 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Surely cant they have UDRS for the finals now that India is out??? Sri Lanka had a dreadful LBW decision when Nuwan Kulasekara was given out LBW when it was clearly missing leg and had UDRS been there, Kulasekara would have scored another 10 or 20 more runs.

  • playitstraight on March 3, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Well written article. Mahela, it has been a long time since you have written an article. Busy with captaincy, I guess:). Good luck for both Australia and Sri Lanka and may the best team win in today's final. Looking forward to a hard-fought and intriguing match!

  • on March 3, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    It is nice to see you are writing back again Mahela. I went to your official web address and saw some great work you did. Focus on your game and do well. We always know that you are doing your best. Also we were not ashamed of our team once that 320 beating came to us. We know it's a game and only one of those days you want to forget. Life will be happy with you are captaining for Sri Lanka. Graet to see you are opening too. Do everything correct. Don't get biased with fans comments. Leave the game at correct time. Then you will be able to spend a better later life unlike Sanath.

  • on March 3, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Yes, the umpiring was excellent

  • tpjpower on March 3, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Great article Mahela, but I would dispute your suggestion that you haven't had any "big" wins. Certainly there have been plenty of tight matches in this series but your win over Australia at Sydney was quite emphatic. Your team has looked the best in the tournament and your captaincy has been superb. Good luck for the finals - we love your brand of cricket in this country and I'm sure a lot of Aussies would enjoy seeing the Lankans win!

  • tennakoon63 on March 3, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Good luck Mahela. You guys can do it. You've been in the finals before 8 times. Break that Jinx and bring the trophy home. All the best.

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    sRILANKA DESERVE TO WIN BEST OF LUCK TO THEM FROM AN INDIAN

  • muneeb2012 on March 3, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    You were just spot on that night.go and do it for your country and asia.best of luck :-)

  • Shaksji on March 3, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Why would you call Mahela as the "Former Sri Lanka captain and his country's leading Test run-scorer"?? Isn't he the Present Captain of the team?? Btw, what are the chances of bringing back the DRS in to the finals since the Indian team no longer part of the competition and both Australia and SL are in favour of the system? Shaki Baki from Batti :)

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Whooooooooa..........that was a great performance!!! congratzzz mahela & SL team.............!!! I see a great potential in angi to lead the team in future with his cool head. But no offense with all these injuries of him making me doubtful for leading the team consistently as u guys doing. He's doing a important role in the team & if he missed out that is a huge blow for us & if he's the captain it'll be shocking to miss him............As for time being while you groom him captain please concentrate on CHANDI or THIRIMANNE too. Of course they are too young & it'll take few year to them to reach this position. But let the learning process start by considering them as leaders. Since both of them are batters like u & sanga their won't be that extra pressure that is on ANGI as a all rounder. Anyway all the best for the finalzzzzzzzz

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    If UDRS was there Christian wouldn't have got a hat-trick, since India are out i think they should use UDRS in the final. Mahela is a great captain, his decision making is superb

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    it is the other way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    With the ends in mind, work hard and focus on the things you can control and do it sincerely to the best of your ability, the results will take care of itself. This seems to be at the core of Mahela's mantra. An invaluable lesson applicable to most things in almost any walk of life

  • Master_Mihil on March 3, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Don't tire yourself up MJ. After matches if you have more time relax. It's has been a long season and there were some grueling matches. I don't know how you guyz do it, running around for 8 hours and traveling. After this series in a mere few days there's ASIA CUP as well. We accept you are too human beings (I'm not sure..may be you are GODS! Lol!) and need your mind relaxed and healthy. Don't worry we watch every presentation and every talk you give to the media and we get your message always and well.

  • on March 3, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Caption at of Mahela Jayawardena should now read as, "Current Sri Lankan Captain, and one of the best in the Business.." All the best Lanka.. Bring home the CB Trophy.

  • evenflow_1990 on March 3, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    it's not former sri lankan captain anymore! haha change the caption under his name

  • vallavarayar on March 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Good luck Mahela. Thank Gods you are back as captain. All the best!

  • on March 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    All the very best Mahela. Lets party.

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  • on March 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    All the very best Mahela. Lets party.

  • vallavarayar on March 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Good luck Mahela. Thank Gods you are back as captain. All the best!

  • evenflow_1990 on March 3, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    it's not former sri lankan captain anymore! haha change the caption under his name

  • on March 3, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Caption at of Mahela Jayawardena should now read as, "Current Sri Lankan Captain, and one of the best in the Business.." All the best Lanka.. Bring home the CB Trophy.

  • Master_Mihil on March 3, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Don't tire yourself up MJ. After matches if you have more time relax. It's has been a long season and there were some grueling matches. I don't know how you guyz do it, running around for 8 hours and traveling. After this series in a mere few days there's ASIA CUP as well. We accept you are too human beings (I'm not sure..may be you are GODS! Lol!) and need your mind relaxed and healthy. Don't worry we watch every presentation and every talk you give to the media and we get your message always and well.

  • on March 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    With the ends in mind, work hard and focus on the things you can control and do it sincerely to the best of your ability, the results will take care of itself. This seems to be at the core of Mahela's mantra. An invaluable lesson applicable to most things in almost any walk of life

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    it is the other way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    If UDRS was there Christian wouldn't have got a hat-trick, since India are out i think they should use UDRS in the final. Mahela is a great captain, his decision making is superb

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Whooooooooa..........that was a great performance!!! congratzzz mahela & SL team.............!!! I see a great potential in angi to lead the team in future with his cool head. But no offense with all these injuries of him making me doubtful for leading the team consistently as u guys doing. He's doing a important role in the team & if he missed out that is a huge blow for us & if he's the captain it'll be shocking to miss him............As for time being while you groom him captain please concentrate on CHANDI or THIRIMANNE too. Of course they are too young & it'll take few year to them to reach this position. But let the learning process start by considering them as leaders. Since both of them are batters like u & sanga their won't be that extra pressure that is on ANGI as a all rounder. Anyway all the best for the finalzzzzzzzz

  • Shaksji on March 3, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Why would you call Mahela as the "Former Sri Lanka captain and his country's leading Test run-scorer"?? Isn't he the Present Captain of the team?? Btw, what are the chances of bringing back the DRS in to the finals since the Indian team no longer part of the competition and both Australia and SL are in favour of the system? Shaki Baki from Batti :)