August 1, 2010

India not as aggressive as a No.1 team should be

It was disappointing to note that India did not go for an early declaration to make a game of the second Test. However, the third Test should produce a result on a livelier wicket
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The most talked-about factor of the second Test was the pitch. The last one-and-a-half days may have made for dull cricket, but it was probably a better pitch than the ones we have played the last two to three SSC Tests on. It had more bounce, and the previous pitches kept getting slower and slower, and by the fourth and fifth day, the ball wouldn't even get up to your knees. The spinner didn't have anything, but this pitch gave the spinners some bounce.

But it just was a good wicket to bat on. You needed extraordinary bowlers to take wickets on this pitch. Probably that's why there weren't many wickets. At the same time both sides had quality batsmen, you had to take that into account as well. You shouldn't blame the pitch too much.

We probably need a bit more sporting pitches. One way of doing is to probably leave a bit of more moisture on, and not put those sponges on everyday. That's something they can think of, especially looking at the SSC pitch, so that it's not too dry: just leave a bit of moisture from the morning covers. I was happy there was bounce in that wicket, which we never had. We just need a bit more liveliness. If we can manage that, given the current bounce and pace, the SSC could become one of the best pitches in the island.

We shouldn't forget that we had still managed to exert a lot of pressure on India. Until we dropped Sachin Tendulkar, a follow-on was a distinct possibility. But Prasanna Jayawardene is probably the best wicketkeeper going around. Anybody can make a mistake. Unfortunately it was Tendulkar, and he made us pay for it.

He had Suresh Raina with him for company. We were all surprised he was not in the line-up earlier. Raina is a wonderful player. He now knows the feeling of a scoring a Test hundred. It took me three or four matches to get a hundred, and it is important to know that feeling. You know that you are good enough. Then you get hungry for that feeling all the time.

Overall we were quite happy with the way we played the Test. We were dominant, our bowlers bowled well in tough conditions, and created more opportunities than India's line-up did. We put a lot of pressure on their top order. We are quite happy that we were very consistent with bat and ball. We had a few fielding lapses, but I think we can take lot of heart from this.

We probably need a bit more sporting pitches. One way of doing is to probably leave a bit of more moisture on, and not put those sponges on everyday

We also had to go a bit easy on our bowling. Lasith Malinga wasn't a 100%, and Chanaka Welegedara wasn't in the greatest of rhythm. Even though he dismissed Virender Sehwag twice in Galle, we decided a week's work with the coaching staff will get his rhythm back. At the same time, playing two Tests in 12 days is not easy.

We are looking forward to the next match. We know we are playing the No. 1 team in the world, we are 1-0 up, and we know they didn't create any opportunities in the second Test. I was disappointed. I thought they might go for an early declaration and make a game out of it, which they didn't. I felt that they are not as aggressive as a No. 1 team should be. Hopefully we can take the upper hand and get a good start to the third Test.

The pitch at the P Sara Oval will have a bit more movement. It's usually livelier than the SSC. It will probably have more spin as well, on the fourth and fifth day of the Test. It will get slower towards the latter part, but it will be a result-orientated wicket.

A result is exactly what we are looking at, even though we now know we will not become No. 1 even if we win the series 2-0. It's not a big issue. Mentally you cannot go in that frame of mind of just protecting your lead, especially against a side like India. It's important that we play aggressive cricket. Even in the previous Test we went for the kill. The only way you can play good cricket is when you bowl the first ball or face the first ball, you know you are going for a win. As long as we know we have beaten a No. 1 team in a Test series, it would be a feather in our cap.

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

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  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | August 7, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    I think Mahela might just have spoken too soon. Also, one more thing - Mahela seems to be a serial cheater. He claims catches which actually aren't. He cheated by claiming a catch of M.Vijay. This was the second such 'catch' claimed by Mahela in the series. Is it not a huge shame that the Sri Lankans seem to be popularising the art of cheating either through dubious bowling actions or appealing for catches that have not been cleanly taken?

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I hope you are happy today Jaya... And NRR of 3.08 is not aggressive either, especially when you bat first on a subcontinent wicket (that too in Sri-Lanka ), and neither is strike rate of 36.36

  • POSTED BY South_Indian on | August 3, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    India is waste in cricket :P

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | August 2, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Thanks a lot Jaya... I hope indian players read this article and answer all these questions to you over the next five days.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Dear Mahela / SL fans!

    ur team couldn't win cause u dropped one catch...so R we to be blamed for it? do u want the 9 Indian players who are in the dressing area to field along with u?

    ur team has lost some important bowlers....what about the Indian team? Have they come with there full strength team?

    India is no. 1 as they have played more no. of matches? Do u want BCCI to fund and arrange matches for you guys out of sub continent?

    When people question the lack of wins of Indian team out side sub continent, do they ask to Aus if they are consistent winners in subcontinent? why the hard and green pitches be a benchmark for being worthy to be considered good team? if winning on flat & turning pitches are not to be considered as a benchmark for test rankings then please stop playing in sub continent.

    ALL I UNDERSTAND FROM THE VIEWS FROM NON INDIANS IS THAT THEY ARE JEALOUS OF THE MONEY POWER WE HAVE..HAVE WE STOPPED U TO CHALLENGE US IN THAT? COME BEAT US UNTIL THEN LET US RULE!!!

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | August 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think we are being harsh on India's bowlers. Even if Kumble and Zaheer were in the team, I don't think 20 wickets would have fallen in this test. The Indian team is doing what they can given the conditions and personnel. How about India Vs Sri Lanka tests in a neutral country like Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Nice! You expect only one team to be aggressive to produce a result in a test match! lets bat first post 640 odd, lay out a defensive field to wait for Sehwag to make a mistake and take the first wicket! then expect a team to declare before taking a lead. hey wait! if they expect India to do everything to make a result of a dead match then what is Sri Lanka's role in it? Agreed the last wicket was a little to slow, but Sri Lanka also could have been a lil aggressive to wrap up things, rather than complaining TRY! As for India being too timid for being no.1 in test rankings, heres some news, we can expect India to win a match away from home, not Sri Lanka! when was the last time Sri Lanka won a test out side the sub continent?

  • POSTED BY Deadly_Dude on | August 2, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Well said, Arshdeep !! What did Mahela expected from India ---- that India declare at the score of 500 and then wait for Sri Lanka to set them a 500 plus target in the 4th Innings? What prevented Sangakkara from declaring earlier --- even at the score of 642 for 4, Sanga was not sure about declaring, and the TV Cameras focused on him showed him repeatedly looking at his coach for input, and looking confused if he should be declaring at 642 !!!

  • POSTED BY EthanH on | August 2, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Mahela Speaking about declaring earlier, your memory cannot be so weak that you do not remember the time, when you were part of a SL team that refused to declare their 1st innings despite scoring 900+ runs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    SL,Best known for dead and flat wickets.How can expect a win out if it

  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | August 7, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    I think Mahela might just have spoken too soon. Also, one more thing - Mahela seems to be a serial cheater. He claims catches which actually aren't. He cheated by claiming a catch of M.Vijay. This was the second such 'catch' claimed by Mahela in the series. Is it not a huge shame that the Sri Lankans seem to be popularising the art of cheating either through dubious bowling actions or appealing for catches that have not been cleanly taken?

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I hope you are happy today Jaya... And NRR of 3.08 is not aggressive either, especially when you bat first on a subcontinent wicket (that too in Sri-Lanka ), and neither is strike rate of 36.36

  • POSTED BY South_Indian on | August 3, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    India is waste in cricket :P

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | August 2, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Thanks a lot Jaya... I hope indian players read this article and answer all these questions to you over the next five days.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Dear Mahela / SL fans!

    ur team couldn't win cause u dropped one catch...so R we to be blamed for it? do u want the 9 Indian players who are in the dressing area to field along with u?

    ur team has lost some important bowlers....what about the Indian team? Have they come with there full strength team?

    India is no. 1 as they have played more no. of matches? Do u want BCCI to fund and arrange matches for you guys out of sub continent?

    When people question the lack of wins of Indian team out side sub continent, do they ask to Aus if they are consistent winners in subcontinent? why the hard and green pitches be a benchmark for being worthy to be considered good team? if winning on flat & turning pitches are not to be considered as a benchmark for test rankings then please stop playing in sub continent.

    ALL I UNDERSTAND FROM THE VIEWS FROM NON INDIANS IS THAT THEY ARE JEALOUS OF THE MONEY POWER WE HAVE..HAVE WE STOPPED U TO CHALLENGE US IN THAT? COME BEAT US UNTIL THEN LET US RULE!!!

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | August 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think we are being harsh on India's bowlers. Even if Kumble and Zaheer were in the team, I don't think 20 wickets would have fallen in this test. The Indian team is doing what they can given the conditions and personnel. How about India Vs Sri Lanka tests in a neutral country like Australia?

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Nice! You expect only one team to be aggressive to produce a result in a test match! lets bat first post 640 odd, lay out a defensive field to wait for Sehwag to make a mistake and take the first wicket! then expect a team to declare before taking a lead. hey wait! if they expect India to do everything to make a result of a dead match then what is Sri Lanka's role in it? Agreed the last wicket was a little to slow, but Sri Lanka also could have been a lil aggressive to wrap up things, rather than complaining TRY! As for India being too timid for being no.1 in test rankings, heres some news, we can expect India to win a match away from home, not Sri Lanka! when was the last time Sri Lanka won a test out side the sub continent?

  • POSTED BY Deadly_Dude on | August 2, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Well said, Arshdeep !! What did Mahela expected from India ---- that India declare at the score of 500 and then wait for Sri Lanka to set them a 500 plus target in the 4th Innings? What prevented Sangakkara from declaring earlier --- even at the score of 642 for 4, Sanga was not sure about declaring, and the TV Cameras focused on him showed him repeatedly looking at his coach for input, and looking confused if he should be declaring at 642 !!!

  • POSTED BY EthanH on | August 2, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    Mahela Speaking about declaring earlier, your memory cannot be so weak that you do not remember the time, when you were part of a SL team that refused to declare their 1st innings despite scoring 900+ runs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    SL,Best known for dead and flat wickets.How can expect a win out if it

  • POSTED BY vinitvishal on | August 2, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Its easy to say India is not playing like number one team based on last two matches. However if that is the case , Sri Lanka is not playing like top 5 team either. Winning the toss on flat pitch , getting 650 odd runs on flat pitch and still conceding lead to opposition is not hall mark of a good team. The best thing is not to judge any team on a flat pitch , had India won the toss in both the matches , we would have been lauding them. Something similar happened in New Zealand when India got thrashed 5-2 but no one noticed that India lost 5-6 tosses on the green top wicket and new zealand had the advantage due to which they won all the matches very closely. Toss should not be such an important factor else lets toss to decide the rank one team.

  • POSTED BY Daran9 on | August 2, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I am sorry to say that Mahela was right in most of the article. Team to be a No1 has to perform in any conditions or any wickets regardless without any excuse. I doubt that India will keep this No1 position for long. At the moment most or all of the countries except West Indies, Zimbabwe & Bangladesh are unbeatable at home even New Zealand! No countries would say that they will win a series overseas. ICC granted permission to prepare pitches to each each countries without any restriction. England will prepare a bouncy swinging pitches to suit their bowlers and India will do the same when they at home. Players need to improve their skills to adapt to the conditions! Mahela is a proven player has more than 9000 test runs. He is a humble intelligent friendly cricketer as well as a nice human. You need to be better than him to give any negative comment about his article. Think before you write please!

  • POSTED BY Tokas on | August 2, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Mahela, I think simply wants India to take more risks in next test...thats all. But the truth of matter is Sri lanka despite all its win in home condition is still to play aggressively outside. The last tour of India was good example ...in 1st test despite being in good position the field was setup for a draw when India batted in second innings. India on other hand never claimed to be aggresive team to start with ...it will try to hold to No1 spot by being as defensive as possible. I think the only team that was aggressive was Aussie under Mark Taylor ...Ponting shows he is but not to that extent.WI of 80s did't need to be aggressive that was their natural game. India needs world class bowlers atleast one allout fast bowler and one world class spinner in calibre of Shane warne, otherwise it cannot be aggresive...it will be only foolish to pretend being aggresive and lose a test match !

  • POSTED BY Internet_Guy on | August 2, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    first ask your board to prepare sportive wickets,

    replying with 700 + runs in second innings ,is example that indian team can play good cricket

    if guys have guts prepare a good track not some unresponsive tracks

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    I am seriously sick and tired of Indians complaning about the pitch. Was it a dull pitch? Yes. Was it bad for Test cricket? Definately. Do I agree with what the curator said about the bowling sides? Of course not. But I don't recall anyone complaining when Sri Lanka played on a dead rubber pitch the last time we toured India, nor was anyone quick to complain about the favourtisim of the Rajikot pitch during the ODI leg of that tour. Indians should look to the nature of their own pitches before complaining about the Sri Lankan ones. As for Mahela's words, I'm not saying he's in a position to judge the Indian side but if Dhoni (or anyone else) said the same thing about SL nobody would be complaining. So please stop with the crying, stop with the ranting and let's just get on with the cricket.... which will hopefully have a result this time round.

  • POSTED BY kevinja on | August 2, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I agree with Mahela mostly but the wicket offered nothing at all. We could have gone for the kill knowing that we had a chance to be number one in the world. I see it as a wasted opportunity. I don't think that you should defend the curator of the pitch.

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | August 2, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    India is having the best batting side up to # 7 in the world. I agreed with Mahela to be the # 1, you should be able to bowled out a side twice in 5 days. This is what # 1 is all about. I was also voicing to BCCI for Raina and Kholi to be in the 15 man team. Raina. Raina is to me the worlds best cover fieldsman. Kholi can bat at any position, but if Dhoni want some one else before Kholi it has to be good. iI am alwasy saying that Dhoni must bat earlier in five days and 50 overs. Dhoni style of batting is very hard to get out. India should go with the 3 recognized spinners in this team with 2 fast men, or 3 spinnes and one fast man. Opening the bowling with Harbajhan he did open 50 overs and 20/20. India have to go back to the old days. Guptie,Chandrashekar and Prasana. Chandrashakar open the bowling some times. India have to try this again. They have no alternative to dra this series. S.N.singh U S A

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    India matched the Lankans in the 2nd Test, but what happened to them in the 1st? They never came close to being recognised as the top team in the world. In the whole test, the didn't have a single session to their name - bar the brief period that Sehwag occupied the crease. Their bowling is not upto scratch - that was evident in both the tests, although the Tendulkar-lead batsmen somehow managed to hold the innings together, in the 2nd. India has to pull up their socks in all departments of the game, and win the last test, and regain some lost pride. Dhoni appears to be flat in his leadership skills, as also in the choice of his words. It would be in India's interest to get the team selection right. The think tank must retain Raina, despite Yuvraj Singh and find a spot for Munaf Patel - not that he is a great bowler, but he just might prove to better than the two pacemen on show. Ishant Sharma continues to be wayward, and Mithun is just another trundler.

  • POSTED BY cskfangg on | August 2, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    I dont know why?.. This guy knows INDIA With out front line bowlers is a weak side.. then why these comments????...

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 2, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    @Prasanna Dhammika on and others well please compare your Sri Lankan team with India and please digest the fact that SL have never won any test in India, Aus and SA and others who think india is lucky to be one well look at the facts in the test in 2002 India drew series with England in England, in 2003 india drew series with England in England, in 2004 india won test series against Pakistan in Pakistan, in 2006 inda won test series against Wi in Wi, in 2007 india won test series against England in England, India also won a test against Sa, in 2008 india lost to Aus 2-1 we all know abou sydney india also beat NZ in NZ in 2008 so look at india's records then comment

  • POSTED BY cricdick on | August 2, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Well, one thing for sure, India is not playing right, but every team had such times, a couple of good performances will not make SL Team No. 1. It is sheer jealousy perpetrated by some 3rd party? Whatever. Lets not get carried on and look forward to good cricket.SLanks should not make unhealthy comments triggering a response to an unhealthy atmosphere. SothAsians have big mouth and some have unfair attitude.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    India will surely bounce back and prove you wrong

  • POSTED BY Lahori_Munde on | August 2, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    I always thought Mahela is well spoken and true gentleman of the game, but he disappointed me here with some of his comments. Why would they declare when SL was guilty of playimg almost two days and scoring 640 runs. SL is known to hog up and bat forever, why advise other team not to do the same?

  • POSTED BY Crckt-Xprt on | August 2, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    Am sorry, Mahela who I hold in high esteem, has spoken like a loser. A bitter loser. Does he think all those who follow cricket are imbeciles ? He claims that SL dominated the 2nd test. If so, I can say that I saw pigs fly ! In the overall context, it was india who got the better of Lanka in the 2nd test. If the match were to be a fight to finish game, Sri Lanka would have lost the game miserably. And Mahela has the gall (pun intended) to say that SL was dominat. I pity his naivety. Sri Lanka so far have been successful through cheating - as plain and simple as that !. Am sure they will miss the famous chucker, Murali. But am glad the game of cricket is rid of a colossal con. Besides, the SL success rate has been high only in their own country. They come out croppers everywhere else. So for a SriLankan to say that India is not aggressive enough to be No: 1 just because they did not give the opportunity to SL to bat is like a child crying for a deprived toffee ! Work for it Mahela !

  • POSTED BY caromball on | August 2, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    Hi,Arshadeep,East-West,Navin84..Mahela is dead right..How can India claim they r No 1.If so they what their wolrld class bowlers did till SL gets 640/4.Defenitly India need to pass that to evoid the follow on.But still India has to lose 9 wkts.Poor show by the socalled No1.If the visitors are Australia it could be a different story.Becoz Autralia is the most fighting side even at the death to date in international scene.It is shame full that World No1 claimers doesnt have match wining bowlers other than their regulars.INDIA SORRY TO SAY YOU ARE NO MATCH TO AUSTRALIA WHEN IT'S COME TO THE NO: 1 STORY.TRUTH IS BITTER.If 10dul-car doesn't score it's very hard to say India deserve which ranking.AMONG 1 BILLION PEOPLE INDIA CANNOT FIND EVEN ONE GUY WHO CAN HIT 150km/h mark.BUT AMONG 20 MILLION PEOPLE SRI LANKA HAS AT LEAST ONE IN NUWAN PRADEEP.FORTUNATELY FOR SO CALLED NO 1 HE WAS NOT PICKED TO PLAY.TO ME THAT IS AN UNDERHAND DEAL WITH SL CRICKET BY IDIAN BOARD WITH THEIR MONEY POWER.

  • POSTED BY rohit657655678776 on | August 2, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    forget what he said, he is a batsman of a team who dosnt have the fucking guts to play out side asia, look at their batting stats, all of them scored tons of runs at the dead pitches of asia, and the lions frm srilanka become rats whenever they tour outside asia, that doesnt mean they are very good in asian conditions they havnt won a single test in india... even bangladesh is a better team than srilanka..

  • POSTED BY ratee on | August 2, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Dead wickets, weak bowling sides and great batsmen/easy wicket bullies.

    This combination makes the most boring matches in the history of test cricket, well this one was on top of the list undoubtedly.It helps kill test cricket.

  • POSTED BY rakesh36garh on | August 2, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    there is no doubt that India is not playing as no 1 team. In fact in absence of Zahir and Anil Indian are far from no 1 team. But Mahila must not forget that in absence of Murli and favourable condition Sri Lankan are not top class team. In this series Indians are only behind due to two toss which India lost.

  • POSTED BY sanjayad on | August 2, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    lets see what happens ...India's batting line up is strong...But poor bowling and fielding..the had to improve those things.we expected more than this from india..

  • POSTED BY casper1111 on | August 2, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Dear People of India - There is no need to be offended. Mahela is just making a point that India should be the aggressor. And not SL. Bec India is the number one team in the world. Like when Aussies were the number one team - they went for results. They didnt worry about loosing. Instead they kept winning bec of their braveness. I understand the reason for these comments from indian fans. Its so frustrating to see a country like Sri Lanka with a small population kick your A*S in cricket. We have 20 million ppl as opposed to your 1 billion. It is you who should put SL out 49 times from 50.... instead bec of your swollen heads - and lack of unity - your team only wins half of what they can against SL. Look at aussie - they have a small population and they are kicking everyones behind. LEARN from the best is Mahelas message without talking shop and PRETENDING to be great.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    To all you jokers talking about declaration... its sri lankans who declared when they were only 4 wicket down and batted only 5 sessions. When india reached the same total they were 9 down and still had no plans of declaration.

  • POSTED BY amanroy on | August 2, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Typical Srilankan mentality. By doing this, he is just trying to bring the Indian players' morale down & put pressure on them. Mahela just try to give India bat first & then see. Your team put 600 odd runs & then you are trying to say that we have declared, but how could we until we match that total?? It just doesn't make any sense.

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | August 2, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Agree that India have not been agressive as a No 1 side, but look at the bowlers at Dhoni's disposal. We dont look like taking 20 wkts, especially when bowling 1st on days 1&2. Losing the toss on both occasions hurt India, as we dont have the bowlers to burst thru opposition defenses. India seem to have started depending on winning the toss, & that can never be a good thing, cos I am sure if Ind win the toss for the next test & bat 1st, they will score 450/500 and then put SL under tremendous pressure from day 3 onwards with men round the bat. For India to start becoming aggressive, we need to find an excellent pacemen and a bowling all rounder, & till that happens, wont be surprised if Ind continue to struggle, if they have to bowl 1st on day 1&2 pitches with little lateral movement. Harbhajan has also become far too predictable & gets frustrated very quickly if he does not get purchase from the wicket. He needs to realize that in the absence of Kumble Ind is heavily dependent on him

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Of course we are disappointed with a match which didn't gave a result. But keep one thing in mind dude. Being a No 1 team is not about being aggressive. Indians were aware of it and took the right decision there.

  • POSTED BY Muchi on | August 2, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Yes Ofcoures mahela is right.he is humble.why above indians are angry. you people are going to losse last test also.we are not funny fellows.wait and see what will happen for indians.

  • POSTED BY HLANGL on | August 2, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    To begin with, I don't think there's any such clear-cut no. 1 side in Cricket now. Austrailians in 2002/'07 & the WIs in late 70s to early 90s were super class, there were no competition for them in most cases, they were clearly the best in the world at their times. Now we have few even sides like Austrailia, England, India, SA, Sri Lanka who can give one another a good decent fight on their day, none of them being invinclibles by any means.India & SL are very good at their territories, but would struggle quite miserably outside except on rare occasions.Austrailia would win important games, but certainly far more patchy than they used to be few years back. Even a row Pakistani team can fancy their chances.England are good under certain conditions.I mean all are more less even teams, having their strengths & weeknesses. Players like Mahela & S'kara would play aggressive iinings only 5-6% of their test innings, all other runs they've made is just by occupying the crease & stone walling.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Comments from Mahela - of course all of us know that we miss kumble much especially in the tests !!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | August 2, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    INDIA AND SL are killing test cricket. They need to make sporting wickets where bowlers have a even chance. As long as fast bowlers can make batsmen jump, duck bounsers and earn every run they score, test cricket will be a beautifull game. Any player born in india and Sl is destined to score heavily as they will play at least half of their match on wickets where even my grand father will be a good candidate to score a hundred. Its not cricket at all. this is totally an other ball game

  • POSTED BY charan200 on | August 2, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    while talking about india's performance 1st win atleast 1 test match in india mahela.....it's shame on ur teams part.....ur team is very good at ur local grounds where as outside ur country ur's teams performance is lacklusture these years....u dont have a right to say that india wont deserve no 1...1st u have to think dat ur side is correct to no...india have won in overseas consistently dats why they were awarded no1..out of your 28 centuries in test almost 15 to 18 test centuries u have scored in home soil..its not fair to talk like that..first win in overseas and then try to speak about india..india will bounce back with out zaheer, gauti and bag the third test..charan

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    @lords_cricket @Navin84 & @Rakesh Harsh: Truth hearts huh? ya rite. we no about da Indian crappy pitches made to kill Test cricket. ROLF

  • POSTED BY nandydesikan on | August 2, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    And not to mention SL's dependency on Murali to win tests abroad and at home on ,I think, most of the occasions. Your batsmen are good, no denying. Such a comment was not expected from a spirited cricketer like Mahela who is well aware of facts and actual stuff. This is just a futile attempt to tinge the psyche of the Indian Team. Mark my words, very futile. You dont even have the manpower to take out a side now that Murali is retired. Nurture more bowlers Mahela.....

  • POSTED BY nandydesikan on | August 2, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Let us wait and see. If Mahela feels India is not so aggressive, why cant you whitewash us 3-0 at home. Let me reiterate one thing, the only sub continent team which has performed best abroad is India. Having won series in WI, ENG, drawn in AUS and lost one due to "other" reasons, how more aggressive a team can be? Off late,India is hit by injuries and it has a visible impact on the team, we dont know if Bhajji is going to play the test match till a few minutes to start of play. So, Mahela's point is absolutely baseless.

  • POSTED BY pervin on | August 2, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Fact is Sri Lanka was not good enough to win in their home conditions, even after such a high score. They are certainly not a strong enough team. India would do better against SA, England etc. But the serious issue is that India needs to revamp the entire approach to team selection as far as bowling is concerned, and quickly discover some serious pace bowlers and not line and length trundlers. Spinners to back up Bhajji need to put in serious work and not just hope for friendly wickets. This series is an eye opener and indicator as to what lies ahead if proper benchstrength is not in place. Since the team is sri Lanka we may escape humiliation but had it been any other team, India would have been demolished batting wise also.

  • POSTED BY monty_lee on | August 2, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Great Mahela, I totally agree with you. Being an Indian, I have to regretfully say that India team is not a #1 team (Performance wise not considering ranking). Partially because of lack of strike bowlers and partially because of Dhoni's buddihood with the great so called "Six sixes" wonder. We all were surprised when Raina or Vijay was not picked for the first test. Why a player like Yuvraj should be given so many chances when he clearly lacks the test temperament. Well Dhoni keep playing Yuvraj!

  • POSTED BY Keralite10 on | August 2, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    I am an Indian fan.............But what Mahela said is 100% correct that India isn't aggressive as No.1 test team should be and India won't be until the selection committee start to think about developing a good bowling unit. India doesn't deserve to be no.1 with this bowling and fielding standards. There is clearly something wrong in the ranking system......................But I can't agree with Mahela when he says that India should have declared to make a game out of it....that doesn't make any sense......India only had a 65 run lead after the first innings and who would declare at that position..............no one would.......never mind Mahela...........everybody makes mistakes!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    I'm a die hard Indian fan, but I like to be realistic. India are definitely not playing as well as a no. 1 team should play. They have the potential (so do South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka), but aren't converting potential to victories.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | August 2, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Mahel at the mind games....I had to chuckle when I was reading this article. Setting the cat amongst the pigeons Mahela? The curator should have considered that the top rated bowlers were absent and given a bit more for the bolwers... but again SL did drop SRT and paid a great price for that. Dropping Virender too did not help. The partnerhips that were formed after dopping catches added stacks of runs. Mahela, get the guys to field better or you might find the boot on the other foot. Welegedera is overated in my opinion. How is he in the SL team..my mind boggles. Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    mahela i think that you all knew tat u can't beat INDIA and win the series tats why murali retired after the first match.... and give him a victorious farewell......why player of such a calibre should rteire in middle of a series involving the world no 1 team....in second test even after scorin 600+ runs not able to push for victory...

  • POSTED BY Arok on | August 2, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Oh oh Zaheeeeeeeeer Khaaaaaaan, where r u and what r u doing? come on. When you are resting these people talk and write whatever they like. We are definitely missing youuuuuuu. Everytime India have won a test match in the recent times your contribution has been significant irrespective of the pitch, especially the early wickets. Pleaseeeeeee come soooooooon; answer these guys with your bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    I think it was a rubbish pitch and Mahela is asking for India to be aggressive i think he forgot the 950+ runs by srilanka against india.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Mahela was spot on until he suggested India should have declared. No way would any captain consider that given their depleted bowling lineup, and shaky batting. I remember being at the SSC when Sri Lanka played Pakistan and Sangakkara laboriously played out a draw when a win was within sight.

    As for the rankings - you can't make a big deal out of it. India doesn't deserve to be no.1 and Sri Lanka are nowhere near that standard yet. England and Australia would still run circles around them. The problem is there is no fair way of judging performance because of the lack of opportunities sides like Sri Lanka get to play overseas. When you are exposed to overseas conditions all of a sudden - you can't expect miracles to happen.

  • POSTED BY Pakistan_is_King on | August 2, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Indians never like truth all the people are criticizing Mahela but my dear how many matches india won outside india (thanks to the partial umpiring) ?? some body has the answer .... Mahela is right from this crap bowling attack how can be a team claim the NO#1 side more than few months and how can indian claim to perform well with this type of 3rd class bolwing attack .... they should think the point.

  • POSTED BY ILaughAtThee on | August 2, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I agree, the Test ranking system is not proper. How can a band of clowns be ranked #4? Do they have anything to talk about outside Lanka? And their captain cool recently said at a press conference that it would be a proud moment for SL to be #1 ranked side! LOL! God bless.

  • POSTED BY Rubz on | August 2, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Mahela is spot on that india do no look like as aggressive as a world No 1 should be. First of all it is shocking to see how India become World No 1 team without winning in Australia,SA or Sri Lanka. The greatness of previous World No 1 Australian team also made India look like a toothless attack. With this attack, it will be surprising if India win any series abroad against a top team like England,Australia,South Africa or Sri Lanka. Infact India will really struggle to face Pakistani bowling attack in abroad.I hope India will bounce back when Zaheer khan will be back because he seems the only quality bowler among 1200 million People.

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | August 2, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    to be aggressive one needs to have good bowlers. How else on earth one can win or even think to win a test match! India doesn't have any repeat any good bowlers at their disposal, so only one team should have thought about winning. Did they? I don't think so...Sanga placed all defensive field all along the second match...

  • POSTED BY sanjeewakaru on | August 2, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    I'm a SL.I must say SL pitches aren't dead tracks.Last SSC pitch and 1997RPS pitch were the only placid pitches I can remember in SL. In fact last time in SSC (SL chase 493 in 4th 392/5 even SL could've won if sangkkara wouldn' t called off)displayed some ominous signs for this kind of headings.Kandy,Galle always produce results.If we go back to last INDIA tour of SL,those 3 pitches were placid and SL didn't have quality batting line up to bear scoring pressure, sehvage heroics and not using UDRS./at last I must say this India has pop 1.1 billion so their cricketing talent must higher than PK-140million,SL-20 million so surely they must have very powerful side.But is they have?,If they e have that kind of team buling fans pressure deny them from success(2007WC,2009/10 T20WC).FOR me,If PK can resolve their prob;s they can build a team like contemporary AUS.SL's 18 years test jorney is satisfactory, but the target(not the NO1)no way near(rem,if SL'd won last INDIA series SL is NO1)

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    i dont think sl was that aggressive as mahela quoted....they didnt have an agressive field...rather they were lost in being moderate...

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    india isn't playing the best of their sides. and lolz on declaring earlier? you kiddin? has any side done that on this pitch? it took you 150 something balls to get our number 10 wicket. take it the pitch was the culprit. even murali din't want his last test to be here for that matter :D

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I don't know why some Indian friends are so angry with mahela's Article he never made any bad comments against Indians he mentioned the reality in this series mahela never say SL going to get #1 rank . I do agree Mahela, India is No 1 test team, but they did not play like a No. 1 team at all, they always rely on their batmen only, SL bowlers are far better than Indian bowlers. SL bowlers managed to get 10 Wkt in each inn they bowl. SL played aggressive cricket than India compare the run rate between two teams SL rate higher than Indians. Apart from Sehwag & Raina's batting even Sachin gave a chance (he is very lucky get a double hundred).

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    I am not sure what Mahela wants to prove?

    What is he talking about ? Aggressiveness? India may not be as aggressive as Aussies (when they were no. 1 team). However what about Sri Lanka? They are close to being a no. 1 team and what aggressiveness they showed? Sri Lanka continued playing till they reached to 600+ runs with no reason at all. Mahela was more interested in personal record than the team's win. And he expect Indian team to declare early so that Sri Lankan batsmen can have some more batting practice in second inning? I am sure even if India had declared early, Sri Lanka would not have try to put some reasonable target to India on this pitch. I didnt expect this from Mahela.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I think Mahela is right but he also has to understand that India has the weakest bowling line up amongst the top cricketing nation, so they cant rely on their bowling by declaring early just to get the result out!

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | August 2, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Mahela i am Sri Lankan, and I think ur talking nonsense, so i can guess what the Indians are thinking! Can't remember ANY aggressiveness from from ANY South Asian team since the Pakistanis with Waqar and Wasim, the truth is it was a bad pitch ( seen worse though) but the game was boring because two mediocre bowling attacks bowled half-heatedly...that these two teams are no1 and .2, is a joke. India can't play outside India and Sri Lanka can't play outside SL

  • POSTED BY King_Viv on | August 2, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I agree with Mahela that India inexplicably batted slowly after passing 600. at that point it effectively became a two innings game so I did hope India would slog a quick 50 and get SL into bat to try and create something. that is what the Aussies would do. India could've opened the bowling with Bhajji and Ishant to try and force a few wickets and a panic by SL. however, SL tactics are also dull and rely solely on scoring 600 and tossing the ball to Murali to bowl 60 overs at one end, keeping it tight and inevitably take wickets. the bowlers at the other end would take wickets thanks to Murali's build up of pressure. now Murali has gone I really don't see how SL will win tests if they don't bat first and score 600. that's a dull tactic! I'm praying India win the toss tomorrow then we'll see a more interesting game. Mahela's stats are ordinary if you take out tests in Colombo. he is no Sehwag, Dravid or SRT who have scored heavily in every continent. Sanga is their only real class act

  • POSTED BY kitkarson on | August 2, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I thought Kumar is the only loud mouth in the Srilankan team.

  • POSTED BY singissing on | August 2, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Well Said Mr.Jayawardena,You are not only a great cricketer..you are also a very intelligent person.i am a die hard Indian fan but the truth is India has not done anything great to become number 1 in the Test Ranks.do we have a No.1 bowling attack ?? do we hv batsmen who can be consistent in SA,ENG,Aussie wickets ??and also Sri Lankans has the right to pointout anything as they have always kicked us out on almost every Major Multi-National Tournament since 1995.Thats the honest truth.being such a tiny island,they are a bettercricketing nation.Satute Mahela Sir !

  • POSTED BY ssamara on | August 2, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    My god some of you lot don't half like to whine whenever anyone says a bad word about team India, do you? The point Mahela makes regarding India's aggressiveness (or lack thereof) during the 2nd Test is quite simple. Once they had reached parity with Sri Lanka's score sometime during the fourth afternoon, they had effectively averted defeat - there wasn't enough time left for Sri Lanka to make, say, 250 more runs and make India bat again. Therefore India could easily have declared and hoped for a SL batting collapse - unlikely to happen, sure, but better than letting your tailend batsmen waste time essentially doing nothing. They had nothing to lose beyond possibly their bowling figures being damaged a bit more by Dilshan & co - but so what?

    In case you all haven't noticed, India are behind in this series, so it is they - and not Sri Lanka - who have to make things happen. They simply cannot afford to play conservatively, even if the pitch is a road.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    can i ask a question to jaya?????? y dont u asian players make noise when aus remains no.1 team even after loosing????? have india or bcci made up this rating system if not then y they r making so much of noise if their neighbor is on no.1 position even after loosing.....????? if they cant understand the rating system they shud quit playing international cricket......

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Lol.. there goes the USUAL Indian whining when the truth is spoken outright on to the face.. Admit it.. Indian bowling attack is impotent.. :) just cant match the batting class of Mahelas and Sangas who ,unlike many Indian batsmen, HAVE proven not only in the home grounds but also abroad. Good luck at least in the tomorrow's match and for God's sake dont start whining about pitch,umpires,curator,mosquitos,air molecules,ghekkos.. :)

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | August 2, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    An interpretation of Mahela's observations:

    "Need extraordinary bowlers to get wickets on this pitch" - The pitch was made only for Murali.

    "You shouldnt blame the pitch too much" - its nice for me and Sanga to massage our egos with a 100s.

    "We probably need a bit more sporting pitches" - and we have enough of those in SA, Aus and England so lets leave well enough alone.

    "We were dominant and our bowlers bowled well in tough conditions" - we were expecting india to score 1000 but we kept them down to 707.

    "We are looking forward to the next match" - (Evil grin) Malina's back and we are looking forward to winning the toss.

    "Even in the previous test we went for the kill" - Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | August 2, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Though Indians don't like it I fully agree with Mahela's views. India at the moment has the worst bowling attack and those batsmen who flourish only in pancake flat wickets - that includes Mr. Tendulkar, Dravid in his current form, Dhoni etc.

  • POSTED BY SreedharGanduri on | August 2, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Most Immature comments from player like mahela.

  • POSTED BY Umar_razzaQ on | August 2, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Mehela is absolutely right, india is not worthy of no1 test team Title, it should be australia or southafrica..............

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @sangakkara i've seen ur comments abt the rankings...i think ranking is the same for every one..u win both home and away u get more points...not just win in SL and expect ur rankings to go high...funny...@Mahela do u expect a team to declare when they r behind??? i dont think a school captain will do that...even after we passed ur score the pitch didnt do anything...do u expect us to declare and then u play for the rest...all dhoni did was to make sure they had u (SL) in the field for as long as possible, knowing a result is virtually impossible..talkin abt dropped catches & saying had we held on to that one we could have had a different result is just not on...we can also say the same thing...had sehwag not got out for 99...with the kind of form he was in he would have scored another 300...but there is no place place for could and would in sports...so please grow up SLns and play cricket...not word war....

  • POSTED BY vedanthy2 on | August 2, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Meaningless discussion!On the face of it both teams do not have quality bowlers to really contain the batsmen.Mahela wins the argument on one fact SriLanka bowled out India boasting of 7 batsmen and 4 thorny stickers.SriLanka has 3 batsmen worth the title and 4 batsmen who will create a world record if they lasted more than 15 mins.at the crease. Most are blaming Sri Lanka for winning at home. They started Test Cricket in 1982 only.Who will Invite them for 5 test series?All biggies said play at home and show us your mettle.Surely they have. To win in away conditions one must not play Test with in 48 hours of landing in new environment.Olden days a full tour meant 2 weeks for acclimatisation etc.Stop this "only at home" babble.

  • POSTED BY chamila_sl on | August 2, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    We India simply do not deserve to be No 1 any way. They are just boring team to watch. Full of excuses and more concerned in advertisements then playing cricket. I think they should start worrying about their cricket and H o P E hey will perform not to get owned again.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Well India exceptionally played well in second test after massive total from Srilanka over 600 Runs. India is infact good team with good captain like Dhoni. The only India's problem is bowling which has been problems since long time but after Anil Kumble, they did not get a spinner like him..Leg spinners are more lethal than off spinners(exceptional case Murli,who is wrist off spinner). India,Aussie and Srilankan need spinners like Kumble,Warne and Murli in test cricket. Mendis is good in ODI, but not in test matches. Indian ,unlike Aussie and srilankan, require PACE ATTACK. Zaheer Khan,Irfan Pathan,and any other bowler who can deliver 140s km/h or 90 miles per hour with swings can make difference even FLAT pitches like last test match .Even preventing a team of massive total of more than 600 Runs! only 10 good deliver will make 10 wicket but very FAST as furious and good spin departement!

  • POSTED BY jaggss on | August 2, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    mahela.before you talk about other countries .please take in mind about srilanka.Srilankans are good mostly in srilanka and partly in other countries.As a great player in the world,mahela shouldnt be loose talking like this.beause u r writing blogs for every week , doesnt mean u can talk rubbish like this instead u can write about murali and his achievements.I beleive you and sanga are good at talking while playing in srilanka and for other countries,you people keep ur mouths shut.learn it from jayasuriya and murali, humble people of srilankan cricket and dont destroy youngsters with this...

  • POSTED BY nithakaran on | August 2, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    i am really sad about not only the indian team but also about their fans, there is a saying in our language some persons dont agree even after falling in the mud and say no i didnt get mud on my beard, it ls like that. you better look the stats guru for your statistics to find out how bad you are playing. if you have a good records overseas how come u cannot win in sri lanka, u just blame on things. show your colors man without blaming others. it is ur fault to loose the toss. ur captan is unlucky. when sanga declared 2nd inning how come dhoni couldnt fight? poor guy he is scared like all other indians and this cric info belongs to indians and they always for indians and not for the equals. you prove it on the 3rd test if you can. if TENDULKAR is out then india is lost the 2nd mathc as well. you cannot choose a 11 from your world highest population. it is very sad of you. good luck for toss on 3rd test... atleast dhoni can win that.. because he cant win the match

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well India exceptionally played well in second test after massive total from Srilanka over 600 Runs. India is infact good team with good captain like Dhoni. The only India's problem is bowling which has been problems since long time but after Anil Kumble, they did not get a spinner like him..Leg spinners are more lethal than off spinners(exceptional case Murli,who is wrist off spinner). India,Aussie and Srilankan need spinners like Kumble,Warne and Murli in test cricket. Mendis is good in ODI, but not in test matches. Indian ,unlike Aussie and srilankan, require PACE ATTACK. Zaheer Khan,Irfan Pathan,and any other bowler who can deliver 140s km/h or 90 miles per hour with swings can make difference even FLAT pitches like last test match .Even preventing a team of massive total of more than 600 Runs! only 10 good deliver will make 10 wicket but very FAST as furious and good spin departement!

  • POSTED BY Ashu0588 on | August 2, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    As Mahela, quoted India doesn't play like No. 1. India's bowling attack was not up to the mark in both the test. No 1 team means a team which should dominate in bowling, batting, and fielding. In the First test in all the departments India were lagging from Srilanka. Our side has given Mahela mouth to speak like this. the mouth can be shut from only by beating them in last test. So not be partial. Its all on our players now....

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Ironic to hear this from Mahela. India may not be the WI / Aus #1 teams of the past, but they haven't become #1 by being defensive. In Viru, they have one of the most aggressive cricketers of all time. SLC itself is full of defensive attitudes in terms of pitches, approach to bating / bowling, and batsmen who are flat track bullies. Nobody exemplifies this more than Mahela who averages 50 plus, mainly because of massive 100s "accumulated" at home, especially SSC. I can't remember any aggressive innings from him away that has set up or won a test match for SL. You remember Sangakkara at Hobart, and Jayasuriya in England, but Mahela? Here is a man who averages less than 40 outside Asia talking of sporting pitches and aggressive attitude - hypocrisy at its best! As far as this farce of a series is concerned, if India wins the toss they win, else I see SL batting for a draw. Fair tactic, but stop whining about India being #1 if you cant win a single test in Aus / Eng / SA.

  • POSTED BY doctorwho on | August 2, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    except Bangladesh srilanka haven't beaten any team overseas in past 3 years.

  • POSTED BY SajithKalinga on | August 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Well said Mahela. Why some Indians are not happy with these true thoughts? They never like to accept theiir weaknesses... Never mind. Will play yoru best. result will show them the reality.

  • POSTED BY guitarman.lk on | August 2, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    What Mahela said was correct.. These people are shouting about performance in outside subcontinent. I would like to ask them are there any ample oppertunities given to SL compared to IND. answer is NO. I think in a older post Mahela has mentioned about the lackness of playing in pitches of SA,Wi,AUS,ENG.. etc. So I don't even think sachin would get heaps of runs if he was put there without any experience. Dhoni would easily struggle with those blind technique. He also survives @ ODI top thanks to lot of matches in India. And i would like to ask one more question from this boasting indian guys..?? what happened to their World Cup in 2007 & T20 WC in 2010. though they shout they cant even survive in a bouncy track. accept the truth guys.. Dont spread rumours. SL stayed , stays and will stay within their limitations. But will certainly improve... no doubt..!! though SL is 60 lesser than india, i think the talent which comes out from this country is 60 times bigger than india. Hail LANKA.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | August 2, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    well said mahela. i believe sri lankans have positive attitude towards game n always soft spoken but atleast they are honest n straight forward. i totally agree with u if u r no.1 team then u have play like no.1 or else u better request icc to degrade ur rating. i mean indians never try to achieve any result neither their bowlers nor their batsmen. look how defensively tendulkar, laxman n later on ishant played. if indian fans still believe that pitch was flat then sorry guyz u should ask tendulkar to get retirement. how come he thinks of himself a great batsman while hiting tons on flat pitches. i mean is he not tiring of playing long innings in flat pitches or is he playing for personal records n achievement. man its enough now go n give some youngsters to improve their avgs n make their lives lavish like wat u did in ur entire career.

  • POSTED BY na3f on | August 2, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    All the Indian's posting having hissy fits should just relax a little. It's been very clear that India have been moving a lot of their muscle to retain a number 1 position they do not deserve at all. Firstly they have been given a huge amount of home tests so they would not lose many matches, 1 loss in the last 17 you say? How many have been at home?

    The ICC ranking system suddenly changing a few days before the third test to now say that Sri Lanka can't be #1 if they win this one because they changed the periods is another clear indication of a governing body using their power to keep their lacklustre team at #1. How about you win an away series and earn it India? That bowling attack is on par with Bangladesh, this is not a number one team.

    Mahela did not say anything derogatory or offensive about the Indian team. He said that they were not playing like a #1 team, and they're not. Saying Sri Lanka didn't either doesn't justify it, they're not #1 and don't deserve to be either.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Yeah mahela you're absolutly correct, india is not deserved the no 1 test rank,there are many reasons for that,the way they bowl and the way that batting,if sachin's catch was caught by prasana jayawardane in second day,india will definitely lost the second test match.That is the turning point of the second match i suggest. India batting is very unsettle,if they gone a collapse,they continue it and all the batsman will be collapse,it happen in many occasions. And bowling, murali said that harabajan singh will has a chance to come near to his world record,but everyone can see harbajan is not good at all,in 1st test match murali took 8 wickets,but harbajan singh couldn't take a single wicket,second match all so he tried very hard to pick a wicket,and other bowlers also in the team is not well at all,they don't have a single match winning bowler.I think sri lanka deserved the no 1 spot.

  • POSTED BY KaZsa on | August 2, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Hey Indian fans, Your side didn't play as No.1.You can blame the pitch for that in the 2nd test.But what about the first.Get some bowlers who can bowl without coming up with excuses.There are better bowlers in Sri Lankan domestic clubs.I don't like Aussies,but when they were No.1,they gave a better fight against the SLs in these conditions and it was a fascinating test series.India is total rubbish,India only survived the test because it was a batsmen friendly pitch and Prasanna dropped Tendulkar.But see the rankings,India gains 6 points and SL looses 4 points.What an equation!!!Loosing side gets points and winning side looses points.India surelu must be No.1 in the world.And look at the Indian excuses.Brilliant.

  • POSTED BY chirankumar on | August 2, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    mr.jayawardene!! ve u ever seen india vs aus test match!! tat is a real test match!! u can see all kind f attacking feild placings!! srilanka aft scoring 642 ve 3 sweepers with india at 25 odd!! u say india is defensive!!

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | August 2, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Don't know why people are getting angry. Mahela knows as well as any others why India did not declare early. If India had any better bowling bench strength, the first game should have been a draw or a win for India. But anyway, all the best to India for the third test and for putting SL in place, also for wiping that condescending smirk off Mahila's face!

  • POSTED BY R.M.Pandian on | August 2, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Jaya, will see your performance on the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY doctorwho on | August 2, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    oh GREAT captain, now the team who batted 160 odd overs. on the home turf created as per your own guidelines . . . . after winning toss in sri lanka . where toss is as important as the quality of team it self.

    if sri lanka couldnt win against such depleted bowling attack and on their own home turf after winning the toss. i wonder how they deserve to be in that spot.

    i guess right now all test teams are at par. nobopdy deserve to be number 1. we miss those greats gone by,

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    First of all, when SriLanka won the toss it was made clear that they are going to pose a big total and bat for the first two days. Then what does one expect India to do? Should they bat for one day and declare just for the sake of the match? or they score all the runs as in a T20 game? The Lankans should first learn to change their game plan which they have been following for years, win the toss, to bat first score 600+ and get twenty wickets of the oppenents in the remaining two or three days...Do they think each and every team is Zimbambwe or Kenya???? This is INDIA Mahela....I bet you, it will be an entirely different match when India bats first..

  • POSTED BY VEGHA on | August 2, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka or Pakistan does not want India to be No.1 and Mr.Mahela Jeyawardhane was also captained Sri Lanka with world class bowler and even then they could not get success in India.If Australia was No.1 no one has questioned them.How many victories Sri Lanka has achieved in Australian soil.Nothing. Let him concentrate first to get victory in Australia and India

  • POSTED BY Lava_Ind on | August 2, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Srilanka - Aggressivenss - OXYMORON..., 6 fielder protecting the boundary when India were 34/0 and a huge 610 runs behind. If you call that as aggressiveness. Then Indians are not Aggressive.

  • POSTED BY saanand on | August 2, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    I feel all this crying about India being #1 should stop, India is #1 because no other team is as good as India, If Mahela or for that matter anyone who thinks their team is better than India then no body is stoping them to get #1 status.

  • POSTED BY sabinsp on | August 2, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    mahela dont praise yourself..if u can then take your team to number one position and talk.till then please dont speak anything about our number one position.we are the number one in world..sri lanka will never l become number one.thats why they so jealous towards indian team..your team is never going to win again without the legend murali...so mahela concentrate on your team and your batting..india is going to win 3rd test match..best wishes dhoni...

  • POSTED BY WajiraB on | August 2, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    I agree with Mahele on Aggresiveness. India does not look like No one team in the field. look how australia played when they were NO1. giving excuses like bowling is not full strenght is funny excuse. because as the no 1 team india should have reservs the back the no one team. you cam not say thet your no 1 only when seniors are playing. India is No 1, not any single playes. as as a team no matter who playes India should play as NO 1 team and always try to win. but this indian team body laguage says its always trying to save rather than win. No 1 team should take the initiative irrespective of conditions, toss and who playes. thats real No 1 team.

  • POSTED BY true_cricketer on | August 2, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Ha ha ha ... its funny .. The team who set a defensive fielding since 1st over they speak about attacking cricket ... fast bowler bowling round the wicket in initial over and speak about attacking cricket..... and why you guys are worrying about India's number 1 status .. what you guys think .. you deserve a number 1 spot .... he he he ... Jaya your comments make me laugh .... grow up buddy ... you are a great cricketer and you must understand that. .. Please look the Sachin the way he manages his status ... anyways good luck for 3rd test .. I hope we will see a great contest between 2 best teams of this era ..

  • POSTED BY apyboutit on | August 2, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Wow! Oz-ish! ... well, more English-ish!! Why did you wait to declare? because you (Mahela) wanted to try another double! India scored much faster than you all did, until the last couple of partnerships. It looks like your team is trying a unified policy to use the missed catch for some cheap pride?! Well, chew on this: What If Sachin didn't get injured and did not get out after tea on day 4!!! The lead wold have been 200! Then, the way it spun, and the way you all were struggling against spin the series will be 1-1 now. You say things like 1) give the batsmen some credit, dont blame the ptich, 2) both sides have good batsmen - and then you say one missed catch would have done India in!!!. Can you stick to a point. C'mon Mahela, seeing Ishant and Ojha grind you out for >50 overs, all of Sanga, Trevor, SLK and also you were thinking -" Oh God! what a dead pitch! this is heading for sure draw" and not "Oh! fantastic batsmen! in spite of this deadly result-bearing pitch!".

  • POSTED BY Mr.Cricket2010 on | August 2, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Mr.Mahela started to play mind games before the third test. First look after ur team before saying views against opposition.

  • POSTED BY dharhi on | August 2, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    hahah!! c'mon..evn indians are only gud wen they in india..but srilanks are not like dat...last year they lost the series it was an inexpierince team....its not an arrogant mesg!!! u guys are so scared dat indians might loose da 3rd match as well!! definilty sl is giong 2 win t,,,,,mahela is one of the best test cricketers in the world..what he said is 100% true..i will accept...go srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    ir respective of weather India perform well in the third test or not the fact still remains India is better than Sri Lanka period!! so mr mahela... remember those days when all the balls bowled to you were consistently beating you bat's outside edge and you were awful in the field.... you dont need a history to back you up just your current performance...

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | August 2, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I think Mahela is absolutely right. Indians are not like Australians in thinking that everyelse is rubbish if they have secured the No ! status in cricket. Theirs is a country of ancient history and Indians seldom like to rub noses on the ground when they have pinned someone. That is a quality which comes easily only to some human spieces. I do not see why so many people have taken exception to what Mahela has said.He is not given to playing mind games and is cast in a different mould to even Sangakarra. Maybe he would realise that some people are not given to being aggressive. The West Indians even in their pomp could never sledge.It is just that some people are not made that way.

  • POSTED BY Niju_001 on | August 2, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Well well well!!! When you win and are 1-0 leading a series you can come up with all such comments. Had India batted first and posted 600+ how would have the Lankans responded? would it be anything different to what India did? I guess not. If the Lankans were aggresive try batting second in SSC against any opposition and come up with similar comments. Have guts Mahela? Indians are weakened with the bowling dept. at the moment. Still the bowlers showed some heart in bowling in this dead pitch. Give theme a little more conducive pitch and they will come good. Bowling in this kind of wicket will give them a world of good experience. How well they learnt one will have to wait and see. Still if India wins the toss in the next game we'll come to know who is aggressive. This makes me feel why not go the pak way and play a test in a neutral venue. Otherwise subcontinent players will be playing test cricket against each other in the same turf only. Any comments?

  • POSTED BY ashish_soni on | August 2, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    oh oh mahilaaaa................ we can understad this is your fustration to not get to no.1 team in the world. any cat is tiger in their won home so please mahilaaaa go and win against the county in their country to become no.1. india is no.1 and they deserve that. think about your county first. india will bounce back

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | August 2, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    who exerted extra pressure? Even in the lifeless pitch chasing a score of 642 and taking leading is not an easy thing. For about 30 overs you could not separate the 10th wicket pair. Had India secured a leading of 150 plus the story would have been different.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well said mahela.Why some of them got hurt if it's true?india has to bounce back.they are good team.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | August 2, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Remember what the curator said? He made the pitch for world class bowlers like Murli & Vass, where are they now? Both of them have retired if he hasn't realised that. He also said that both teams had weak bowling line ups, WEAK? SL had their best combination there, I could agree that India's was weak. How could you prepare a pitch like that with more than 5 world class batsman and still expect a result. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe would have also scored more than 450 on a pitch like that against the strongest bowling line up in the world. Mahela needs to watch his mouth, the tables would turn.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Are you serious??? You're the ones who put up 640 (!!!) in first innings and then you expect India to declare without matching you??? What a load of rubbish. If you want to see results:

    a) prepare better wickets b) do not continue to bat till end of eternity in the first innings c) tell your captain to be a little brave in his field placings.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | August 2, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Here is the GUY who claimed to be HUMBLE when he equaled or beat DON's record, and NOW says that India didn't play like #1, well, what do you want from India Mahela - cocky and arrogant??? or play with their limitations irrespective of their strengths!! Funny, he talks about exerting pressure, but Mahela's face and Kumar's face was LIFELESS when they were struggling to take the wickets of Ishant/Ohja and now Sri Lanka talks about playing like they were UP!! Idiotic pitch! as someone said, if Sri Lanka had b@#$S, they would have asked INDIA to bat first! but Sri Lanks knows that it is a dead pitch, and made maximum out of it! if they want to win, they would have declared at 450 and showed their mettle to INDIA! but look at the result!! Mahela at least start performing outside subcontinent!! will you!!

  • POSTED BY indiafinda on | August 2, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Mahela, all i can say is that you just got owned by all the comments

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Mahela and Sangakara both are frushtrated person. they know now without Murli they cant beat india at leAST in home series also because they did not win a single test match in india. ask Mahela Sri lanka deserves for no2 or not ( they became no 2 while playing in sri lanka only :-)

  • POSTED BY Manoj_Achan on | August 2, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Mahela is a very intelligent cricketer. He has posted this comment at the right time. The next test is at a ground, which will be favourable to the SRL bowlers, knowing that India's bowling is weak. By saying "India was not aggressive" , he wants India to be aggressive in the next test and lose batsmen early or make India's bowlers to overdo things. in order to get a result. He knows SRL are very good at home and they bat well, may it be first innings or second innings, they are playing at home. Even without Murali, Mahela knows, India cannot sustain nor win if India is batting in the 4th innings doing a chase. What India did in the 1st test was their habit [losing the 1st match in a series by being rusty ], but the second is a DRAW. India's batting form is back !!

    Watch Out Mahela, India will not DRAW nor lose the 3rd test. They will WIN it !!!

  • POSTED BY lords_cricket on | August 2, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Bigets joke hahahaha ?????????

    Mr Mahela why Srilankan team didn't declared when you're scored more then 900 run against India 6 or 7 years back?

    Srilanka only good in local grounds And to criticize a team you should have that standard and class And say if we are agree with you that India not up to the mark as No1a team, then what about Srilanka? First teach your players not to run on the pitch And please ask you people to prepare good test wicket, funny country and funny Srilankan people Cricket is a game Friend

  • POSTED BY SunsParadise on | August 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Irrelavent comments from Mahela .. I dont expect comments on aggressiveness from Srilankans .. I dont remember anytime they playing aggressive cricket in a test match .. In one days in jayasuriya's prime days with Aravinda in .. ya they played agressive cricket other than that I dont remember anything close to aggressiveness .. I have read a lot of articles from Mahela .. he always comes up with something or the other against indians .. I do agree with him that India is not playing like the number one team .. but other than that this whole article is utter useless and waste of time to read .. In the third test match I would like to see india winning the toss and batting first and making a score of around 500 .. then lets see who would exert more pressure on the opposition .. Finally Mahela let your bat do that talking which it does only in sub-continent .. dont waste your time in giving interviews or writing articles you are not good at it .. Sorry buddy ..

  • POSTED BY khalith on | August 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    yes mahela u r right in wat u talked abt ur team but not abt us (India) coz u guys can play good cricket in home only remember our rocrds in overseas are much better than u so stop arrogant interviews & learn how to respect the opposition from us Insha allah u wil see india's aggression in d 3rd test india wil rock & wil give u a good knock bye

  • POSTED BY sgthacker on | August 2, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    It was a dead pitch, why make ur bowlers slog on a dead pitch. Batting practice to tailenders made sense when practically no result was possible. On the pitch 14 wickets in 4 day and talking of making a match out it by early declaration

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | August 2, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    He is talking as if they are certain to win next match. What if next match sri lanka actually lost??? indians are number one just because they have WON matches. And may be they have won more matches than sri lanka in same time frame. So winning is not new thing for indians. About being aggressive, sri lanka could have declared for 500 runs if they wanted results. Indians were only replying 640 runs scored by sri lankans so there is no way they would declare when they were behind.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    SL only can win cricket on their home ground. Actually they can't win any match without their checkers. Let India bat first in the last game and we will see who is more aggressive. When was the last time SL beat India in India in test cricket? Stop playing in IPL if you hate Indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Well said, kiruthigai. However I feel Indian Team management should start looking for fast bowlers outside of India (Indian born living outside of India) now as the management has failed and failed miserably in picking/producing a a genuine fast bowler. Whoever he will be, he is long-long-long overdue.

  • POSTED BY dharhi on | August 2, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    oh ya.....very true.....excellent mahela...its true dat indians are not as gud for a number 1 team...evn pakistan, england, srilnaka are better dan indians.....url really cant compare srilnka wit india!!! srilankans are proffessional players...not like indians who play for money.

  • POSTED BY samindashj2002 on | August 2, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    EVEN SRI LANKA BEAT INDIA THEY SHOULD NOT THINK THEY ARE NO1,BECOZ EXCEPT INDIAN OTHER ALL KNOWS INDIAN TEAM NOT PLAYING LIKE NO1 TEAM,THEY PLAYD LOT OF TEST IN INDIA THATS THE ONLY REASON THEY COME UP,FOR ME THIS TEAMS ONLY AGGRESIVE IN THEYR HOME, OUT SIDE NO CHANCE..INDIAN BATTING BETTER THAN SRI LANKA,SRI LANKAN 2ND STRENTH BOWLING BETTER THAN FULL STRENTH INDIA..THIS TWO TEAMS CANNOT BE NO1 NEAR FUTRE

  • POSTED BY Ajayvs on | August 2, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    Just sample this,The last wicket pair of India batted almost till lunch on 5th day. So what do you make of the pitch Mahela!! Which sane captian on this earth would have declared on this pitch!! Say what ever you want but india has managed to stay on Number 1 spot for almost a year now with whatever limitations they have. Based on the results in last 2-3 years in India and Oveseas they deserve where they are, THANKYOU.

  • POSTED BY Ind_cric_lover on | August 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    I agree India doesn't possess kind of bowlers that a No1 side should have but still it is lot better than SriLanka . Their batsmen including Jayawardene struggle bigtime overseas and you take a look at the overseas(outside subcontinent) records of Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman & compare them with Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan & Samaraweera respectively. India were like SriLanka when they used to win only in their den but they never criticized their opposition or their tactics in the manner Jaya does. He never credits Indians & only says that we dropped catches or bowled badly and that's y they scored runs etc. Look at your batting record outside SL Jayawardene ( 10 centuries on 1 round and 20 out of his 27 in SL only ) .... No sportsmanship .. shame on u

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | August 2, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I think Mahela is trying to create a mind game with Indian team here. If the same scenario happened to SL team India, I'm pretty sure that we would bat for the rest of the match with out even giving an opportunity to the opponent to bat again. That's how we created a world record in 1996 against the same opposition in R.Premadasa.

    We have a long way to go before thinking of #1 position in Test rankings. Indians do deserve the position more than us compared to there performances against Aussies during the last 12 years.

    Naturally, our south Asian mentality is to preserve rather than committing for an un calculated risk. Hence, MS Dhoni's tactics could be justified. This polar mentality is the main reason why Australians are a breath a part.

    Mahela....Do not try this tactic. It doesn't work

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Even if we agree that India are a defensive side to be #1 in test arena, its amazing to see SL with all thr BEST in the class players (Prasanna, Sanga, Fernando, Medis, Mahela) couldn't enforce another chance other than the dropped catch of Sachin. If a team with 11 BEST in the world players can't create a second chance on an ordinary player like sachin, do they have the right to question the #1 status of the team that this ordinary player is a part of?

  • POSTED BY bharatvishwa on | August 2, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Jaya pls grow up man... what happened when u toured India recently... two consecutive innings defeats... did u even look like a 5th rank team??? funny tat srilanka wants to be a 1 rank team... Don even compare ur batting lineup wid India's... send ur team to Aus or SA or Eng nd see what happens...especially u jaya.. u don even avg 40 on those pitches.. Any one can score on home pitches nd scoring 10 centuries in a single home ground (SSC) isn't tat great ... Its true tat India didnt look like a no 1 team dis time.... the reason is tat India's zaheer khan & sreesanth were injured... when they r bak India will be back on track... Hope India wins next match and levels the series...

  • POSTED BY ashy16in_ on | August 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    It is not surprising to see a player who has scored more than 2500 runs on a particular ground not criticize the lifeless pitch in SSC. I would rather see a result oriented Test match which is completed in 4 days than the farcical match played in SSC. I would also like to reserve my judgement on Suresh Raina until I see his performance on a lively pitch. I am of the opinion that Cheteshwar Pujara should have been playing ahead of Raina and Yuvraj in this series.

  • POSTED BY bvnathan on | August 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    Hi Mahela, your reaction to second test smacks hypocrisy and derides the sportsmanship required at your level. Agreed India with their limited resource attack iwas not agressive to their ranking status - but what about your team. Does your team have the resources today (san Murali, Vaas) to bowl and take 20 wickets. Don't maon about the dropped catch of SRT which you feel otherwise would have turned around the match - catches dropped are part and parcel of the game. Your team put up a socre 640+ and expect the opposition to make a match out of it and create a result - can't understand your school of thoughts

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    many of the SL staff said that had tendullkars catch had been taken a resultt MAY have occurred..never did they say that they would have.Plus on the eve of the fourth day baylis said that they would try to keep india on the field as long as possible and have some batting practice in the end...So please dont try to say that SL's performance dropped here kiruthigai.And SL need not comment on india's dropped catches in the first test as it's not their business..if anything indian team should bring that up..

  • POSTED BY maniag on | August 2, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Mahe..History speaks who is agressive and who is not. Its the habit of srilankan to praise themselfs / self boost themselfs with very little achievements. Remember India have prooved enough and more in test cricket to gain No 1 spot. We know when to show our aggression. We show them in Finals ..Not on league matches.. we know loose league matches delibrately to make sure we win finals.. we know srilankans will be under the euphoria for more than expected period.

  • POSTED BY Aravindreddy on | August 2, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    It is such a wonder, neither Sanga nor Mahela seems to have got maturity to assess test cricket at international level, representing a national team. The reasoning by mahela resembles an explanation of a kindergarten student when he can't win a match. Surprisingly sad!!! People have played hundreds of tests and doesnt seem to gain some dignity, as that of Sachin.

  • POSTED BY kilikar on | August 2, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Jst remember one old match, which SL made world record score in tests. At that time, when they batted on 2nd innings and they didn't declare for making a result, even after they crossed India's score. Dear Mahela, first u clear urself then blame others.

  • POSTED BY visualdp on | August 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Here we go Again!!!!!!!!! I dnt understand why Indian people misunderstand their opposition always. ( Of course Cricinfo is also an Indian .....). Here what Mahela saying is what are the qualities should no.1 team consist of & also where India lack of their performances. He pointed out their bowling line up is weak. Please try to understand what other people saying first & after that u can go a long way in Cricket!!!!!!!!!1

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    right ...i think they got the no 01 ranking for some luck....even they cant bowld out zimbabwe team twicw in a test match kind of bowling attack they have.. and the indians are the slowest run rate holders in a test matches in these days........

  • POSTED BY chandau on | August 2, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    more moisture or more grass Mahela? where do u strike the balance? watched the PAK v ENG match where wickets were falling like 9pins. did the rains help the Galle pitch or was it fair from day 1? SSC is fast becoming a bowlers' graveyard!!! May be SL shud have scored faster after the express start. May be SL batters need to score at around 70% from 2 - 6. May be SL shud have attacked at every IND batter from the 1st ball. May be SL had the wrong bowling combination. Dilhara for Malinga ok. Prasad for Welagedara? why not Thushara ? then Mendis for Murali ok. but why drop Herath for Randiv? we dont have another leggy since Sanath retired. Dilshan is a more than capable off spinner so why play 3? Malinga will make a difference in 3rd test but who will be the others? Bowling balance is key to winning and variety will make it easy to attack.

  • POSTED BY AllPaddedUpXI on | August 2, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    frankly, i thought SL acted like Indians were the world champions after all.

    SL did not declare even when they reached 600, may be for the record of a 200 that the author of this column might have been chasing. Had SL declared some 50 runs earlier, and the remainder of the match remaining the same, the match could have borne a result.

    I mean, we could have been looking at 150 runs in the last match (50 from SL and 100 from India) and it could have been a match.

    Alas, for some time now, SL batsmen chase records. Unfortunately, Indian batsmen are flawed for such a crime. May the SL batsmen are better speakers.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | August 2, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Its not about aggression but sensibility. With India's current bowling line up it is better to put runs on board and apply pressure rather than through taking wickets.

  • POSTED BY vamos_rafa on | August 2, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    hehe..such a petite joke this is...whrs the chance of gttin aggressive??askin one to play on roads and then sayin tht we shud have gone 4 a win...lollz...just the diff b/w SL players and indians..sachin when asked abt the pitch said it ws a batsman's paradise with no respite 4 the bowlers..mahela on the other hand is defending it...maybe trying to defend his poor record outside by sgsting tht where he cn score runs r tuff conitions...and now the whole of SL is cncrnd abt no. 1 ranking..but wat did sanga say b4?and they shud luk at the way they bowled..all negative lines...and asking indians to play aggresively...lollz.

  • POSTED BY Sudathsri on | August 2, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Hi Mahela,

    You seems to be more agressive than Indian players. I am happy to see my countrymen talking straight to the topic. India as our mates, must pretend their title by playing better cricket. What Mahel says is technically correct. The second test they survived as Sri Lanka played without two key bowlers in their squad. The truth will take the top nothing else.

  • POSTED BY erangakavi on | August 2, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Mahela is 100% true.. if sri lankan didnt miss catches and chances they had a good chance to win.. Sri lanka in top level for third match...

  • POSTED BY MNIH on | August 2, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Ohh!!! too bad of u Mahela...what was ur team doing till u got out...were they not waitong for ur double too...it is that when u got out they decided to declare...and now u talk of agressiveness...come-on.........be sportive on ur part and then expect from others the same................................................it's not that i blame u or sanga for that decision, milestones are always important for a player...but after u starting the test in a negative way....u sh'ld not have talked all the crap.

  • POSTED BY Madmast_Hathi on | August 2, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Ah nice Mahela! If the Indians get aggressive then probably your average will go down further. Not a good thing. Home + 60....away...less than 40. Nice Mahela....good going.....your side is probably the most defensive side in the world. So please...please take a hike before writing such articles...maybe that would clear your mind.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Mahela, let us discuss about these after the tour. 1-1 result is a good result for visiting team and not for home team.

  • POSTED BY vinron on | August 2, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    I totally agree with McGorium,,,, coz if u look at the way the sril lankan approach they were waiting for their chances to take wickets. For eg. Sachin's missed chance. But the sri lankan side tried to intimate indian side by posting a huge score. Don't they get the point, test cricket is all about getting those 20 wickets. Well India were on the backfoot, in that respect, with a depleted bowling line up.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    nice joke....can you pls tell which team is no. 1 according to you?

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Mahela!!! you are talking like mahila(called woman in hindi), if you want to see aggression just put india for batting first if sanga(always crying baby) wins the toss. Mahela be a man.....not mahila!!!

  • POSTED BY thwacked on | August 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    ha ha ha ... Mr Mahela it is really interesting to know that you really cared for a result. And the way you guys posted 600 plus odd runs, it never really reflected. Oh, may be, SriLanka's win is what Mahela trying to say here. If you bat first and care for a result out of a match you dont go on and bat for 2 days. And above all then expect the opposition to declare. Dont try to be sarcastic. If SL really cared for a result, you guys should declare once you reached 500-550. Remember it had to be srilankas call as India were coming loosing the 1st match. So they had to put in everything to atleast save this one. You should try and take 'Result' as opponents win as well. Not just SriLankas win. Lets try it other way round in the third match. Whoever win the toss let India bat first and posT 600+ on board. Then lets see how Srilanka chase it with a 5+ run rate to bring out a result. Cant stand your sarcastic comments anymore.

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | August 2, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    It seems that the 1-0 lead has gone to the heads of Sri Lankans. Indians were not agressive and the Sri Lankans were. Taking 100 balls to take the last wicket.. I wonder Sri Lankans lose their aggression when they travel outside Asia, even to India. Now that you have lost your only matchwinner, try to be little humble and introspective.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    someone is sounding frustrated... after fielding for so longg... :P

  • POSTED BY KARKRISH on | August 2, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Typical Sri Lankan comments i can see here. India reached No. 1 largely due to downfall of Aussies, but India beat them faire & square as well. if SL wins the 3rd match, they will take the "fake No. 2 position" without having won anything against key nations. Let's see how SL fares even at home withour Murali.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 2, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Mahela: Please don't comment on others too much. The biggest reason for the poor 2nd Test was lack of venom in Sri lankan bowling. Had Malinga was there, everybody know what the results would have been.

    Anyway, we have to respect the Indian side for their batting lineup, which is easily the best in the world and no doubt about it.

    Do not worry much about the rankings, its clearly unfair. People talk about the averages of Sri lankan players against Aussies and South Africans. Nobody talk the basic fact that Sri Lankans get Test maches once in the blue moon against these sides. Some people talk about the large number of runs scored by Sri Lankan batsman against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and large number of wickets taken against these teams by Sri Lankan bowlers. If Sri Lanka get most of the test matches against these sides (and weaker bowling line-ups like in India), can't help the stats going high. Bigger Indian cricket market, more bloating of Indian Side, keeps fans alive!!!!

  • POSTED BY abhi_cricinfo on | August 2, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    So what type of aggression should India show? I mean something like AUSTRALIA did(2008)? or Like your team did - 30 overs to get rid of partnership between no.10 and no.11 batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    WOW :) Indian are hurt when someone try to correct them. Guys all he says is Indians aren't aggressive as the Aussies to be the No.1 side that's all. If you can get them 93/3 in the 2nd inngs why not go for the kill, declare early get a game out of it. All you guys did was blame the pitch. That goes back to the point where you blame floor when you don't know to dance, come on No.1! you should be able to do it anywhere aren't you? I thinks Aussies are the only one to be No.1. Not even SL after winning in 3rd.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    India wont remain at no.1 for long. the ONLY REASON india is at no.1 is because they played so many tests at home during last couple of seasons (Check The Stats) India doesn't look like a no1 team do they??? lol

  • POSTED BY usman_nazir on | August 2, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    em a pakistani but i dun mind saying tht india is no1 ofcourse because they hv played well n won the matches....as far as being aggressive is concerned,,,,,india plays under their own limitations....the hav to play like this because they dun have good aggressive pacey fast bowlers....so wotever the resources dhoni has got,,,he has managed well.....i mean he deoende more on spinners ,,,so the make slow turning pitches...ofcourse one doesnt like tht kind of mind set but i guess in the end wot matters is a WIN....thts it,,,,so i believe dhoni is an intelligent caption,,,,n managing his available resources well....

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | August 2, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    forget about India not being agressive and no: 1, i don't see India as no:1 team at all. What about the pathetic and scary approach of Sangakarra when India came into bat chasing 642 in first innings....It was a shameless display of cowardice cricket when 5 or 6 fielders were protecting boundaries when Sehwag came into bat..How much more runs does SL need to play agressive cricket ? How do you play cricket against sides which are so much afraid of a player ?

    As far as India is concerned, they have an ordinary bowling lineup..Having said that it looks better on overseas pitches with Zaheer and Sreesanth taking regular 5'ers...but overall not a no:1 team by any yardstick..Too much dependancy on Sehwag & Tendulkar to win matches as Dravid and Laxman are there only to score runs for themselves...

  • POSTED BY johcatrac on | August 2, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka is not the number 1 team in the world yet. Mahela, be quiet and focus on the 3rd Test. Be mature, and stop blabbering. Is Dhoni blabbering?

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    great mahiya..india is bit too defencisive...

  • POSTED BY nkommire on | August 2, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I do agree with all of you that Jayawardene was trying to push SL's failure to win the match on India. But if we introspect, the fact is our bowling is really spineless and unless BCCI wakes up and doesn't do something about this, we will surely loose our no. 1 test ranking. We have a tough test series coming up (NZ & AUS @ home and SA away) , so until we have good bowlers I don't see how India can retain their no. 1 spot. All along we have been criticizing our fast bowlers, but what is Bajji doing, we rate him as on the best spinners of modern day cricket. If that's the case then why does he rely so much on the pitch.

  • POSTED BY thenkabail on | August 2, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Indian not # 1: India is certainly not # 1 team. If you are a # 1 team you need to play like one. Their bowling is club standard. There is not a single bowler worth any mention. It is a sad state of affairs. They need to get Unadkat and keep encouraging Mithun. They need to groom young spinners as well: Harmeet singh\Iqbal Abdulla, Piyush chawla. Probably bring in Praveen Kumar for tests. Even in batting, no point in continuing with Laxman. Bring in Cheteswar Pujara. Drop Yuvraj- talent alone is not enough. Where is the focus and pride?. Bring in Rohit Sharma. Mahela has challenged India and India needs to take up the challenge. Sri Lanka too needs to prove themselves abroad. Malinga definitely throws. But they have quality bowlers and quality batsmen. India has quality batsment and very poor bowling. Even Harbhajan is a over rated bowler in tests. They need to scout for bowling talent.

  • POSTED BY dr.jha on | August 2, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    mahela.. please do not use cricinfo article space for pressure building tactics... please don't resort to such things...however i must also add up... if u did want to put pressure on india then it should have been more strong-worded an article than this ... when somebody like you talks or writes , the whole world sits up and notices... tell us something special that mahela would want to say .. not something that sri lankan vice captain would like to say ...

  • POSTED BY cvki on | August 2, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    What an innovative way to pass the blame! :D I would not be surprised if he wanted the Indian team to voluntarily follow on and then declare in the second innings, just to "make a game out of it".

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | August 2, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Wow, if Ricky Ponting had written an article like this about India we would be going to war. Typical subcontinental bias. Hopefully we can test this theory out when we play you soon.

  • POSTED BY kanindian on | August 2, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    Well one thing I don't understand is that all the cricket writers mainly the Sri Lankans say that India doesn't deserve to be No.1. I ask them did India say that make us No. 1. It is their play in the past 3 years which gave them the points that shows they deserve to be No.1. Somebody stopped SL from becoming No.1. Sri Lankans should ask themselves that question. You only shine in your stupid grounds. In foreign pitches your performance is pathetic. Yes, India is weak in their bowling this series. Zaheer not being in the side is definitely a loss. But that doesn't mean others are not of test standards. Unfortunately, the game is being played in Sri Lanka that is why the result is not in India's favour. Watch these same bowlers when they play in India and then these same cricketers will shut their mouth or rather not write anything. Hariharan

  • POSTED BY agajoji on | August 2, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    OK,The '952 run' Sri Lankans are the angels upholding cricketing spirit. HA HA HA HA HA HA! If they they want to differ from India,why the hell do the yprepare tracks like SSC. Off late the Lankans have been really obnoxious!! Lets teach them a lesson now!

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    Mahela, decide which one it is going to be going forward: Do the rankings matter or not? Are they true, or not? You cannot say 'the rankings are fake' and then go ahead and take a pot-shot at the number 1 ranked team, because by doing so you're implying the rankings are true and that they mean something. Get it? Same thing goes for Sangakkara's ridiculous "The rankings are fake but we're very excited to be in the running for number 1" statement. Decide what it's going to be please, because we're sort of getting sick of the clay feet. And yes, if you're going to bowl three feet wide of the off-stump to Sehwag with five fielders on the off-side boundary, you have no right to talk about attacking or defensive tactics. Oh, wait, I get it. The number 1 team should always be offensive while all the other teams get a license to play however they want. Hmm, fair enough.

  • POSTED BY rtom on | August 2, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    "We probably need a bit more sporting pitches" the word 'probably" should be taken out in any case !!

  • POSTED BY cricket_mster on | August 2, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Mahela, You know that no body cam become number # 1 test side just by winning one match or loosing it. It takes years of consistency. We all know that Srilanka is a looser outside their own pitches. Now as Murali is no longer there, they are not even going to be consistenty at home pitches.

  • POSTED BY team_chandigarh on | August 2, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    I think Mahela should not talk about India not being aggressive... If Sri Lanka has guts put India in first after winning the toss...

  • POSTED BY szaranger on | August 2, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Bring in Mohamed Aamer\Mohamed Asif, and they will take wicket in SSC with in quick succession. Two weakened bowling attacks made up for a batsmans' delight for the last Test.

    India can't be number one with a bowling line up which is even worse than Zimbabwe's. Australia will definitely slaughter India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 2, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    these indians make me laugh, all they do is doctor pitches when a team come to visit and have the nerver to criticise other countries. Borderline retarded if you ask me. Remember the last Aus and SA tours? How they doctored the pitches to win. Atleast SL curators can put up pitches fit for play. Besides India's number 1 rank is a mere statistical joke and everyone knows it. Even Ian Chappel says then got their by "default". have then won series in Aus? Eng? SA? or SL? in the past decade?

  • POSTED BY jrm1186 on | August 2, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Mahela....teams declare only after they get some lead.....and India were all out just with 65 runs lead....wat do u expect??? India shud have declared earlier at 500 runs and given u the lead of 142 runs??? If it was the other way around, u guys wud've gone on playing till u score 952!!! How could u forget ur own team spirit when it comes to declaring?????

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Fake No 1 Team...................

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    All I am saying is that with Zaheer, really our only true superstar bowler, and yes he is one of the best in the world, our bowling attack is completely different. If he were in the side, it might very well have been india 1-0 up.

  • POSTED BY Mariakutty on | August 1, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Commentators were repeatedly questioning the decision of Sangakara to field 5players on the rope for Shewag when they have posted a score of above 600. Mr.Mahela, if India had declared on 500, would you have set a target of 400 for India to chase. I`m sure Srilanka would have put this target for India in 25 overs. Srilanka doesn`t even deserve to be NO.2. Lankans please stop these rubbish comments.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 1, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    SL were lucky to win the toss twice so that they had the best batting conditions to compile the runs. India had to bat after 2 days in hot & humid conditions. Aggressive batting is only possible when you are fresh not batting after being in the sun for 2 days and facing 650 runs. I like to see how SL will bat in the afore mentioned scenario. Dhoni's first task should be to win the toss. Gambhir & Sehwag need to compile at least a century partnership start and then the big 3 should put on a show of batting skill. Even Harbhajan might get more than one wicket under such conditions. India can replace Ojha with Yuvraj or Patel or play with just Gambhir for Vijay. India need to win the toss, play confidently with determination to win the test & level the series. Malinga's role was somewhat accentuated by poor batting by India in the first test. Gambhir has to show he can conquer Malinga and put up a big score. That is the main challenge.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Mahela right... india can be no 1.but there not strong to that positin.@ \Arden we dont fool any body.. india gona lost the 3rd test too..hahaha.......

  • POSTED BY NISH67 on | August 1, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Well said Mahela ! As the supposed Number one team India are expected to make at least a token effort to win a match but what they have been upto since arriving in Sri Lanka is being put to the sword by a second string SL side in a 3 day game , hammered inside 4 days in the Galle test match and scoring a few brownie points on behalf of their apologists by securing a 1st innings lead on an " indian " like track at the SSC as well as offering various excuses back and forth on their weakened ( mind you not weak ! ) bowling attack . I can just imagine the "GEMS" they will come up with once they are obliterated once again on a "sporting " wicket as Dhoni says at the P Sara , come the 7th . Watch this space folks !

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    "Bit more sporting pitces "?? for the benefit of humanity people should stop playing cricket in SL.....look at the averages of all lankan batsman...close to being called bradmanish, and abroad they are not even half as good...best exemplified by ur own stats....

  • POSTED BY jagan3 on | August 1, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    i am totally agree with KIRUTHIAL Mahela and company only talking about Sachin s missed chance i want to see if condition are same in next match and India bat first and make over 600 runs in two days and then how Srilankans handle s the pressure if they are in position like India were after Fourth day they declare or not and how he and Sanga Talks about India They never one a single test match in India and talking about India this is not fair

  • POSTED BY Brij_b2k on | August 1, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Mahela, probably you will never read this but it is quite surprising that this is coming from you.

    1. The pitch prepared is not India's responsibility 2. Please justify the defensive tactics employed on Sehwag. The field setting was ridiculous. And when a team is playing such cricket, they are not morally allowed to comment on other's aggressiveness.

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    SL should think about themselves because without Murali they cannot take 20 wickets on those pitches.

  • POSTED BY kiruthigai on | August 1, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    As I said in one of the other article related this match,these SL's are trying to create a image that they have didn't won the match only because of that missed chance of Tendulkar.. I ask these people where were you guys when you have won the first test match where India missed around 3 to 4 good catches during your first innings??.. each and everyone in the SL team talk about that missed chance of tendulkar when ever they get chance to speak with media (Sanga,Trevor bayliss,Jayawardene..)..remember guys you have batted on highway for the first two days of the match..compare your first innings performance 99/0 with the second innings 97/3.. this is what your capability..Jaya please don't talk too much think of your performance and average in overseas it is not even 40!!!!.. I understand this the culture of SL's in everything..

  • POSTED BY rohin_72 on | August 1, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I feel Mahela always criticises India unnecessarily, he should see that India have a weakened bowling attack and with that were in no position to declare. I don't like what Mahela is saying as other players in world cricket don't come out criticising their opposition. At the end of the one day series in 2008 in Sri Lanka, Mahela said Sri Lanka handled the pressure situations better, and that the Indians gave up easily under pressure. India won that series 3-2!!!! He should never have said that and his team lost, so this makes his comments even worse. In the future it is better if you don't criticise the opposition Mahela!

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    forget to win in next test mahela.................srrilankans are good only in there den & without murali you will prepare only dead pitches..............

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    MAhela... take care about our self. I mean take care of srilanka.. dont care about others... there are some fake number 1 teams.... :P

  • POSTED BY Arden on | August 1, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Jayawardane! All fair if your team can put India to bat on you winning the toss and then get to the match winning situation. We all know in the subcontinent pitches, the team who calls the coin right, gets to win. So, stop fooling us!

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | August 1, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Ooh, this is rich. SRL batted on to get 640+ (and sanga's 200) and he chooses to blame India's lack of aggression. SRL is the home side. A draw at home hurts the home side under the ICC ranking system. As soon as a side posts 640, there's only 2 outcomes: a draw or a win for the side batting first. SRL made sure it cannot lose, and then expects India to risk a loss? Yes, India batted slowler than normal, partially because many wickets fell initially. Later, Ishant Sharma found his inner Boycott, and perhaps that could have been avoided but at that point, there was no way India could win. If SRL really wanted a victory, they would have declared earlier. But hey, who can blame them? Why risk a loss?

  • POSTED BY usman.da.dude on | August 1, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Damn TRUE!!! Indian needs to raise their bowling... Else No.1 spot will b in danger

  • POSTED BY On.The.Up on | August 1, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Second test, second day, last session.. India put into bat... Sehwag batting and Sangakkara's field consisted of 5 fielders on the boundary. Angelo Mathews bowling bouncers 3 feet wide outside off stump, from round the wicket... They didn't have the courage to attack Sehwag and get him out the man to man way, they were waiting for him to get himself out... Talk attacking huh?!

  • POSTED BY shashankvaish on | August 1, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    thats right mahela.......n even they batted so slowly once sachin got out......so they dont deserve to be called world beaters ...they r no one only bcoz of ohter's slump

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  • POSTED BY shashankvaish on | August 1, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    thats right mahela.......n even they batted so slowly once sachin got out......so they dont deserve to be called world beaters ...they r no one only bcoz of ohter's slump

  • POSTED BY On.The.Up on | August 1, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Second test, second day, last session.. India put into bat... Sehwag batting and Sangakkara's field consisted of 5 fielders on the boundary. Angelo Mathews bowling bouncers 3 feet wide outside off stump, from round the wicket... They didn't have the courage to attack Sehwag and get him out the man to man way, they were waiting for him to get himself out... Talk attacking huh?!

  • POSTED BY usman.da.dude on | August 1, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Damn TRUE!!! Indian needs to raise their bowling... Else No.1 spot will b in danger

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | August 1, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Ooh, this is rich. SRL batted on to get 640+ (and sanga's 200) and he chooses to blame India's lack of aggression. SRL is the home side. A draw at home hurts the home side under the ICC ranking system. As soon as a side posts 640, there's only 2 outcomes: a draw or a win for the side batting first. SRL made sure it cannot lose, and then expects India to risk a loss? Yes, India batted slowler than normal, partially because many wickets fell initially. Later, Ishant Sharma found his inner Boycott, and perhaps that could have been avoided but at that point, there was no way India could win. If SRL really wanted a victory, they would have declared earlier. But hey, who can blame them? Why risk a loss?

  • POSTED BY Arden on | August 1, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Jayawardane! All fair if your team can put India to bat on you winning the toss and then get to the match winning situation. We all know in the subcontinent pitches, the team who calls the coin right, gets to win. So, stop fooling us!

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    MAhela... take care about our self. I mean take care of srilanka.. dont care about others... there are some fake number 1 teams.... :P

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    forget to win in next test mahela.................srrilankans are good only in there den & without murali you will prepare only dead pitches..............

  • POSTED BY rohin_72 on | August 1, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I feel Mahela always criticises India unnecessarily, he should see that India have a weakened bowling attack and with that were in no position to declare. I don't like what Mahela is saying as other players in world cricket don't come out criticising their opposition. At the end of the one day series in 2008 in Sri Lanka, Mahela said Sri Lanka handled the pressure situations better, and that the Indians gave up easily under pressure. India won that series 3-2!!!! He should never have said that and his team lost, so this makes his comments even worse. In the future it is better if you don't criticise the opposition Mahela!

  • POSTED BY kiruthigai on | August 1, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    As I said in one of the other article related this match,these SL's are trying to create a image that they have didn't won the match only because of that missed chance of Tendulkar.. I ask these people where were you guys when you have won the first test match where India missed around 3 to 4 good catches during your first innings??.. each and everyone in the SL team talk about that missed chance of tendulkar when ever they get chance to speak with media (Sanga,Trevor bayliss,Jayawardene..)..remember guys you have batted on highway for the first two days of the match..compare your first innings performance 99/0 with the second innings 97/3.. this is what your capability..Jaya please don't talk too much think of your performance and average in overseas it is not even 40!!!!.. I understand this the culture of SL's in everything..

  • POSTED BY on | August 1, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    SL should think about themselves because without Murali they cannot take 20 wickets on those pitches.