August 13, 2010

'We've got our World Cup squad more or less in place'

There were a lot of positives from the Test series; now the focus shifts to the tri-series, and a lot of emphasis will be on the big one, six months away
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Having played the kind of Test we did at the P Sara Oval, I wonder why people want to change Test cricket. It's sort of like the way, not only with cricket, but in day-to-day life, people start talking about something and then forget it four or five days later. You have to know that people are going to talk about the feasibility of Test cricket and then also look forward to the next Test match.

Some Tests might not seem result-oriented, but people put hard work into those games as well. To score 600 runs is not easy, even on batting tracks. A lot of hard work and concentration is needed. Sometimes batsmen get it easy, sometimes it is tough. You have to appreciate everything, not just one aspect. Pure Test cricket lovers will enjoy whatever is on offer, and it is just some who don't have the patience to watch the long game who start talking about the need for Twenty20 and one-dayers. Real cricket fans enjoy Test cricket because they know how much hard work goes into it, even when there is no result.

That said, we are disappointed with the final result, a 1-1 drawn series. We played some really good cricket throughout the series, but in the last Test, perhaps the last two days or the last three or four sessions, we were outplayed and India came back in the series. We had our opportunities more than the Indians did, but we let them back in.

In the first innings we had batsmen getting starts and throwing their wickets away. We probably should have scored another 150. When India were batting we dropped a couple of chances at crucial times. Their last three added 86 runs, and that is where the momentum shifted. That dropped chance off Amit Mishra made a huge difference, otherwise we probably would have got a crucial lead. We didn't capitalise on those opportunities. The way we batted in the second innings, losing five or six wickets for 80, was not good enough. We knew it was going to be tough on that wicket, so we were positive, but we were also reckless at times.

Suraj Randiv's performance on those last two days was a huge positive. We knew he had potential, but with Muttiah Muralitharan leaving Test cricket, and for Suraj to come in, we knew it was not going to be easy. The expectations were high, but he has managed it really well. He bowled really well throughout the two Tests he played. He is a bowler who can create opportunities even when the pitch is not turning, with his bounce. When the wicket provides assistance, like we saw on the fifth day, he can be really effective. He will learn from here. It was a huge occasion for him, playing at the highest level, staking his claim to be the No.1 spinner in Sri Lanka.

Even though India probably didn't have their best bowling attack, they had their best batting line-up. We knew it would be tough, but we played some good cricket. The way we batted through the series, except for the last innings, was very good, very consistent. The bowlers were really good under tough conditions too.

Murali will definitely come into play as we get closer to the World Cup. We thought that he had had a long season and needed a break after the Test retirement

Now we get on the road to the World Cup. Starting with the tri-series, not just us but other teams too will be trying to get their final combinations right. They will try a few things here and there before they make their decisions for the World Cup.

This tri-series is an important tournament in itself, against two top teams. You don't want to look at the World Cup at the expense of winning matches. You always want to win. The winning habit, the momentum, is a good thing.

We have more or less sorted out the 17-18 players out of whom the squad of 15 for the World Cup will be picked. Openings are few and far between. Perhaps the second allrounder's spot, to go with Angelo Mathews, is open. One more spinning option, and maybe a fast-bowling spot, are the ones people will be fighting for.

Murali will definitely come into play as we get closer to the World Cup. We have two more series, against Australia and West Indies. Then we have our domestic one-day competition as well. Murali will come into that. It's just that we thought he had had a long season and needed a break after the Test retirement. We know exactly what Murali brings to the party, so we don't need to wonder about him.

Dambulla is a great venue; just that conditions are tough under the lights. But there are always challenges. We are going to play at two brand-new venues, Pallekelle and Hambantota in the World Cup. R Premadasa (Colombo) is being completely redone. The pitch might not change, but the atmosphere will be different. So there can be surprise elements even for us. It's all about these kinds of challenges, and we are looking forward to them.

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

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  • Maui3 on August 16, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    They are at home, Won all the tosses where batting first gives you all the advantages, Oppoosition is without thier top 2 or 3 bowlers and he's happy with the resuts if a drawn series. Please give me what Jayawardanee has for breakfast. I want to be living in La-la land too!

  • gandabhai on August 16, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    'We've got our World Cup squad more or less in place' .I suggest you stop bragging, take your time and do a better job .After todays' Thrashing' you might want to put a bit more thought & effort into it .

  • kapilesh23 on August 16, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    come on mahela grow up ,have some sportsman spirit .i think thats why you are never even rated in the places like aus and sa.you think that your team played better cricket than india in almost all the series except the final 3-4 sessions .i just want to know who took the lead in the second test match it was india .and india won third one so who played better cricket india or sl .dont talk drop catches there were many drop catches in the first match as well from indians.

  • Number1CricketFan on August 16, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    MAHELA IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. GOOD ON YA

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Atthipatti. I don't agree with your comments here. Mahela is a great player. i consider him as one of the top 3 players in the world cricket now. I feel that you don't check statistics. Well go on this page check yourself. I appreciate if you check the last test series in Australia. Mahela scored a Hundred. He can walk in to any ground in the world and score a hundred and he can take any bowling side apart. He does not have to prove anyone how good he is. Just listen to commentators when a match is going on. Any team is good in their own soil. India has not won a test series away. I mean with good test teams. But India is a very talented side. Otherwise they cannot be No 1

  • atthipatti on August 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Can anybody please explain to me what LORD SANJEEWAKARU is trying his heart out to say especially in his last line?????????

  • on August 15, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    I fear that cricket is dying in srilanka because iam seeing crowd reducing for every game.

  • ASA_A on August 15, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    everybody knows that teams like india and srilanka cant win the worldcup srilanka usually qualifies to semi final and finals and then they fail to win the finals wheras india only qualifies in groupstage and then failure and failure well ithink india dont have a team to win a worldcup because they dont have good bowling attack and they e too dependant on tendulker if tendulker all fail and thats what willl happen i think worldcup 2011 will be won by england they have better batting lineup than india i bet morgan is exactly like tendulker his class is seem he reads the game better than tendulker and they have a better bowling lineup than srilanka just like pakistan

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Mahela please don't talk about the test series against India. We played so negative cricket since the second day of the 3rd test that's why we lost the game. Can you play under pressure? If your answer is yes, then prove it. I'm not angry with you guys it's just that we depend too much on you because you both are great cricketers. Sanga just threw his wicket away in both innings. Leadership is action, not a position, Leadership is defined by what we do, not the role we are in. I want Sanga and you to prove that you have taken your games to the next level. Kindly coach a player as a vice captain to take over once Sanga is gone. Comfort zones are good but be challenging. I'm very disappointed with the Sri Lankan coaching staff. What are your contribution guys? We have great players and what are we lacking? It's strange that we feel not knowing which team is playing on a given date. Sometimes good is not good where better is expected. I think Watmore and Moody did a lot for our cricket.

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Mahela I do respect you as a world class player/captain. But I don't think we are ready for the world cup. We may have few senior players lined up but some of the players in the middle order are still questionable. Kapugedara has not scored a century and has played 78 ODI's so far. I respect his fielding. He is going to be a world class fielder and has the potential to be a great player too. Mathews still does not have the punch. We keep trying Kandamby and still no luck. I feel he is little over weight. The light at the end of the tunnel is Tilan Samaraweera. Please bring in Dinesh Chandimal? We have Welagedara and Prasad but how good are they? I doubt they are going to make an impact. What happened to Thilina Thushara, Isuru Udana? Mahroof is lack of fitness. If you take former fast bowlers like De Mell, Rathnayakes, and Vass, were wicket taking bowlers. We are lucky to have Malinga on our side. I believe Kulasekera and Dilhara Fernando are better bowlers than Welagedara and Prasad.

  • Maui3 on August 16, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    They are at home, Won all the tosses where batting first gives you all the advantages, Oppoosition is without thier top 2 or 3 bowlers and he's happy with the resuts if a drawn series. Please give me what Jayawardanee has for breakfast. I want to be living in La-la land too!

  • gandabhai on August 16, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    'We've got our World Cup squad more or less in place' .I suggest you stop bragging, take your time and do a better job .After todays' Thrashing' you might want to put a bit more thought & effort into it .

  • kapilesh23 on August 16, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    come on mahela grow up ,have some sportsman spirit .i think thats why you are never even rated in the places like aus and sa.you think that your team played better cricket than india in almost all the series except the final 3-4 sessions .i just want to know who took the lead in the second test match it was india .and india won third one so who played better cricket india or sl .dont talk drop catches there were many drop catches in the first match as well from indians.

  • Number1CricketFan on August 16, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    MAHELA IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. GOOD ON YA

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Atthipatti. I don't agree with your comments here. Mahela is a great player. i consider him as one of the top 3 players in the world cricket now. I feel that you don't check statistics. Well go on this page check yourself. I appreciate if you check the last test series in Australia. Mahela scored a Hundred. He can walk in to any ground in the world and score a hundred and he can take any bowling side apart. He does not have to prove anyone how good he is. Just listen to commentators when a match is going on. Any team is good in their own soil. India has not won a test series away. I mean with good test teams. But India is a very talented side. Otherwise they cannot be No 1

  • atthipatti on August 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Can anybody please explain to me what LORD SANJEEWAKARU is trying his heart out to say especially in his last line?????????

  • on August 15, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    I fear that cricket is dying in srilanka because iam seeing crowd reducing for every game.

  • ASA_A on August 15, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    everybody knows that teams like india and srilanka cant win the worldcup srilanka usually qualifies to semi final and finals and then they fail to win the finals wheras india only qualifies in groupstage and then failure and failure well ithink india dont have a team to win a worldcup because they dont have good bowling attack and they e too dependant on tendulker if tendulker all fail and thats what willl happen i think worldcup 2011 will be won by england they have better batting lineup than india i bet morgan is exactly like tendulker his class is seem he reads the game better than tendulker and they have a better bowling lineup than srilanka just like pakistan

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Mahela please don't talk about the test series against India. We played so negative cricket since the second day of the 3rd test that's why we lost the game. Can you play under pressure? If your answer is yes, then prove it. I'm not angry with you guys it's just that we depend too much on you because you both are great cricketers. Sanga just threw his wicket away in both innings. Leadership is action, not a position, Leadership is defined by what we do, not the role we are in. I want Sanga and you to prove that you have taken your games to the next level. Kindly coach a player as a vice captain to take over once Sanga is gone. Comfort zones are good but be challenging. I'm very disappointed with the Sri Lankan coaching staff. What are your contribution guys? We have great players and what are we lacking? It's strange that we feel not knowing which team is playing on a given date. Sometimes good is not good where better is expected. I think Watmore and Moody did a lot for our cricket.

  • Sageleaf on August 15, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Mahela I do respect you as a world class player/captain. But I don't think we are ready for the world cup. We may have few senior players lined up but some of the players in the middle order are still questionable. Kapugedara has not scored a century and has played 78 ODI's so far. I respect his fielding. He is going to be a world class fielder and has the potential to be a great player too. Mathews still does not have the punch. We keep trying Kandamby and still no luck. I feel he is little over weight. The light at the end of the tunnel is Tilan Samaraweera. Please bring in Dinesh Chandimal? We have Welagedara and Prasad but how good are they? I doubt they are going to make an impact. What happened to Thilina Thushara, Isuru Udana? Mahroof is lack of fitness. If you take former fast bowlers like De Mell, Rathnayakes, and Vass, were wicket taking bowlers. We are lucky to have Malinga on our side. I believe Kulasekera and Dilhara Fernando are better bowlers than Welagedara and Prasad.

  • DinakarAppaji on August 15, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    We keep hearing from Mahela and Sanga about Srilankans played better than Indians, created more opportunities but missed few chances against India and thus the series tied at 1-1. I would rather say that it's to India's credit that they came back strongly and didn't allow lankans to dictate on their soil and fought hard. One word of wisdom to Mahela - you have scored enogh runs on dead pitches back home and taking lot of rubbish about Indian cricket so as to elevate lankan cricket. It's high time to respect the opposition and work towards your team doing well in all around the world and excel in allround cricket.

  • ThetigersofCricket on August 15, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Sri lanka has good chance to win WC My favorite teams for WC are SL, England, India

  • sanjeewakaru on August 15, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Mahela is talented batsman.But he didn't use his talented batsmanship in many occations,especially in pressure situations. In my opineon he only scored 4 centuries in test in real testing,pressure situations(vs NZ in SL 1998 in Galle to win,vsENG in ENG in 2006 to draw,vsSA in SL in 2006 at4th ing to win,vs AUS in AUS at hobart in 2007 to lose).But he is very good captain.After loosing in India 6-1 in ODI under Marvan he led SL to draw test in ENG 1-1,5-0in ODI and WC2007 final until he give up to IND in SL 4-1 in2009.SO IF YOU TREATED HIM AS ONLY A BATMAN THAT'S NOT RIGHT,NOW HE IS vc IN SL.If someone say he is overrated batsman how about his captaincy,leadership quality and unprecedented captaincy transform with SANGA.With all of this aspect of his game he is not a overrated PLAYER.So don't upset IND with these kind of articles as those are not by a overrated bum.I think he is good captain than present day DHONI.

  • WhiteRaven on August 15, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    @ thenkabail .. you know, Dhoni's team leveled the series to 1-1 with his 2nd string bowling attack. and took leads on 2nd and 3rd tests. but sanka & co said they played better cricket than India, but its really India who dominated the series without key bowler Zak & Bhajji. i admit Mahela has attitude .. but its a problem. "ATTITUDE PROBLEM" spits venom after finding cannot reach no:1 spot. remind you, The only indian captain still who didn't lose a test series is Dhoni. his record speaks. we wish all the best to our Captain Cool!! and Happy Independence day to all Indian.

  • sanjeewakaru on August 15, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    I'm a Srilankan.I thoroughly believe that India has below par chance to make the definitive team that they can produce than SL,PAK even BAN.This because with one billion population the real cricket talent may hide and averager may emerge.As India has large population it must have the talented team in the subcontinent since SL have similar generation to IND(PAK some what different with they consistently produce good fast ballers).Still the most talented team in subcontinent is IND apart from fast bowling,But they have to perform in the required time that small to do with the talent.On this issue IND is the worst compere to their talent since largely because CROWD PRESSURE(if they performed they gods if not traitors),vast media who exaggerate mean issues,and lack of intensity (poor fielding,poor running,lack of practice due to more cricket).If IND produce their definitive team,their fans may satisfy with their team as SL fans with their small island team even in the lost.

  • atthipatti on August 15, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    I donno what Jayawadane thinks about himself and his team.....but we all Indians and the rest of the world knows that he is simply overrated, Mr. Jayawadane can you please explain why you fail to see the ball in the pacy wkts of Australia, NZ and SA....I bet he and his team will be a big failure in the forth coming tour of Australia and I dont imagine SL reaching beyond the Quarter finals of the 2011 World cup. Tough luck in advance, Mahela and Co.....Better luck next life!!!!!!

  • kartikeya on August 14, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @thenkabail: Dhoni was not complaining about too much cricket, he was complaining about the scheduling of ODI 3 days after a Test series in which India played 3 Tests in three weeks. Sri Lanka, if you notice, had a week long break between the final Test and first ODI. Sehwag, Dhoni, Mithun, Raina, Ishant, Ojha, are all in both sides. It was a legitimate point from the Indian captain

  • DeepuGeorge on August 14, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    I am a proud Indian - love and follow cricket, like most Indians. Without a doubt, our Indian team has a long way to go before being even regarded as world no 1. I am not one to pounce on them when the going is tough and to be waving the Indian flag when we are on a high. How many Indian players walk out to the middle and play their heart out - only a few names come to mind, Tendulkar, Dhoni, Raina, Dravid. As for the rest of them, they are multi-millionaires who have become bored of making a name for themselves and money. To the Indian team and Gary Kirsten, remember you are what you are because of us, the fans. Gary, our team needs to improve on all fronts, not least fitness, fielding and attitude. Do not test the patience of your fans too long. If a team like NZ, with no real big names can thrash us in the manner they did, God save us. Dhoni, stop giving lame excuses and give the Kiwis credit when it is due. Well done NZ. Wake up INDIA ..... Thank you.

  • on August 14, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    @thenkabail why so much unrequired hate on the Indian team...Even as an ardent cricket follower, I find myself sometimes watching too much cricket...These cricketers have life beyond cricket, not to mention the training sessions and traveling...And at wat point did Jayawardane mention that too much cricket is good?

  • Deeda on August 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    India aught to prepare for the world cup too. India is not even decided on the probable squad. Indian Selectors are still looking for what they dont have and continuing to ignore the potential winners; The All Rounder IRFAN for instance, India needs to have him.

  • Percy_Fender on August 14, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    I think the time has come for the BCCI to name teams from a much bigger pool of players who are considered good enough to play for India. In fact I think even the captain should be rested. Players like Irfan Pathan and R P Singh can regain confidence only by being selected repeatedly in tournaments such as the latest one in Sri Lanka. In the Test series before this it was seen that Ishant and Mithun really evolved till the third Test by being persisted with regardless of their first test performance.If Nehra can come back despite being injured repeatedly, it is possible for any of these players to do so. That is because they seem to be only short on confidence. The pool should have 40 players and the should be given their breaks against the big teams like Australia and South Africa. Players like Unadkat,Pujara,Rahane,Ashwin,Dhawan,Mukund and Pandey should be in this pool. I am sure we can come up with answers to this fatigue business more effectively.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 14, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    when it is known that Dumbulla behaves so differently during nights whey are they playing D/N matches there? why not day matches?? Doesn't make any sense to me.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 14, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    No sir! People just criticized playing test matches on grounds like SSC. Most cricket fans like tests, but as long they have bowlers in the play. I know you scored 10 centuries out of the SSC and hence might have a sweet spot for it, but trust me those grounds are the ones that are bad advertisement for test cricket. I think most people enjoyed P Sara test, no doubt! Just encourage such grounds and eliminate the ones like SSC and you donn't have worry about test cricket at all!!

  • TikoloFan on August 14, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    NZL were ranked no.3 in odis by ICC, after first game of this series they reached no2 spot, after next game they slipped to no.4th!!!!

  • Crckt-Xprt on August 14, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene needs to stop writing because he embarrasees one and all whenever he opens his trap. In any case, what he says means precious little especially after seeing him repeatedly appealing and claiming cathes even when they have hit the ground before being caught. M.Vijay was the unfortunate victim of Mahela's cheating in the last test. It was very clear and wonder what prompted the on field umpire to rule him out even after the 3rd umpire was not sure ? Anyway, it reflects very shabbily on Mahel's integrity as a player. Shame on him.

    Also, Mahela stop giving excuses for your loss and acknowledge that Sri Lanka was beaten fair and square by a much superior team. Instead your unending litany indicating that Sri Lanka lost the match more than India wresting a win, makes you look like a sore lose . Even the 2nd test would have gone India's way. Indians were definitely superior to Lanka in the last test series and the scorecard can well read India 2 to Sril Lanka's 1.

  • on August 14, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Srilankans are not favorites to win the World Cup, but thats what makes the team dangerous. We have seen it on numerous occasions in the past, the media (especially India) write us off before the tournament, only to find their team knocked out of the big games by the "underdog" SL. E.g. 96, 2003 and 2007 WC, 2009 and 2010 World T20. Samaraweera should be regular in all formats of the game, also Mendis, Randiv and Malinga should play as much as possible before the World Cup. The regular playing XI should not be disturbed and we need an experienced team to take the field (like 1996), then we can expect a good show (may be the title World Champions again!). Play your brand of cricket with flair and best wishes Mahela :)

  • Dr.Adi on August 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    one of the most over rated batsmen.i read a beautiful article about asian batsmen and their averages on cricinfo and i was happy to know that my opinion abt mahela holds water.in sub continent he avgs in high 60's where he has played around 85 tests (a staggering no) where as his avg drops to around 39 something when he travels to places where batting is really tested (played only 30 tests outside sub continent).subtract his avg of 60 against zimbabwe and 66 against bangladesh and you have a very ordinary batsman (he has played around 20 tests against the 2).he avgs 34 against aus in aus,31 against south africa in africa,27 against new zealand (ordinary bowling attack but testing conditions) and 42 in england.......plus the fact that he is never able to dominate real fast men makes one think how unfortunate we r that ordinary batsmen have been hailed as greats due to lack of power packed fast men and real test pitches.i wonder if we will ever see a viv vs lillee competetion again.

  • Joby_George on August 14, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    What i cannot understand is, whenever SL lose a game aganist india, Mahela and Sanka tells about dropped catches. Cricket is a game where batsmen, bowlers, and fielders all have to perform well. Dropped catches means, fielding is poor. Indians also dropped sanka in the first test. So, please stop talking about dropped catches. Team that bats well, bowls well and fields well will win the game, that is the game of cricket.

  • Tamilan123456 on August 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    @thenkabail...sure india win this tri series..

  • Tamilan123456 on August 14, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    @thenkabail : give comments on your team...We know well what we do......

  • on August 14, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    I think our problem is solve but batting is still a worry we want another good all rounder I think either of Tissara or Jeewan can fill that roll .And Top and middle order batsmen have to be solid and consistent. It is better if we can find a another bowler who can bowler 140 + it will reduce the malinga 's work load and improve our chances in WC since all Asian teams struggle against genuine pace

  • sAiyAnstAr on August 14, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Let us hope that Randiv doesn't end up like Mendis. Yes Mendis is a good bowler, but he is being found out now, especially by India. I suppose with Murali still around, he will have a lot of advice to offer. I am sure once he has retired from all forms of the game, he will not be too far away from the Sri Lankan team.

    Mahela brings a good sense of confidence forth about him and the team, that is what all excellent leaders should do. I think that Sri Lanka have the talent and determination to play in another World Cup final and hopefully it is against India.

    Anyway, good luck Sri Lanka in this Tri Series and on the preparation for the World Cup. Can't wait to see them when they come here to Brisbane. Pity they are here for only 3 one day games.

  • on August 14, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    An overrated cricketer this Mahela. Whenever I look at his records, I am tempted to write a comment. Twenty eight test hundreds, out of which 19 had been scored in his home soil. And when you take his average in Australia, it is 34, in NZ it is 27, in SA it is 32. Pity that you are regarded as great batsman. And you are extremely lucky to play more test matches in your home soil, no doubt the reason you find a place in all time SL XI.

  • on August 14, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Mahela, I am a very proud Sri Lankan and follower of the team for many years. I hope we learn from what happened in the last test though. It seems that we are far too defensive in the field. You yourself said we let India off the hook. I've watched too much Sri Lankan test cricket not to notice that we always let teams back in. Granted this is sometimes due to the other team playing very well, however when you're defending 260 in the 4th innings, with 3.5 sessions to play, there are only two realistic possibilties; India win or SL wins. So, why wouldn't we have everyone around the bat until the very end without trying to set in out field and defend while attacking and achieve nothing in the end? If India batted long enough, not matter the field, they were going to win, so what does it matter if they won in 10 overs or 100. The only chance we had was to attack full throttle with our best bowlers especially when we had them 53 for 3 not sit back and wait for them to make mistakes.

  • simz504 on August 13, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    "Even though India probably didn't have their best bowling attack, they had their best batting line-up"

    You seem to forget a man by the name of Gautam Gambhir. M.Vijay is no where near Gautam Gambhir (yes I know malinga got him out real early in the 1st test). SL played really good cricket the first 2 test matches, but with that being said you guys just didnt knock out the Indians when you clearly had them on the ropes the entire series. Mind you India lost 3-4 first XI cricketers in Zaheer, Bhajji, Gauti, and possibly Sreesanth and still managed to get to 1-1. I know some SL lost Murali to retirement but injury and retirement are two different things.

    It was an enjoyable series for the fans. I hope more teams come to SL to play the Lankans. Now that Murali is gone, maybe they wont be so afraid of the island fortress they call SriLanka.

  • mkskhan on August 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I think picking Murali at this age is not that worth, but being unaware of the situation in Sri-Lanka team I am in no position to say anything. Well Sri-Lanka is a great team. When they won the world Cup they won it by scoring fast in the openning overs, and with the fall of one or two wickets Ranatunga and Desilva gave stability runs and confidence in the team. They were great in fielding as well. This is great, but Sanga although being a great captain, doesn't have the charisma of Ranatunga. Their fielding is not that great as it used to be. I think Sri-Lanka needs a workable combination for bigger matches. I am sorry if I said too much. Love Sri-Lankan cricket.

  • Sachte on August 13, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    @ thenkabail Where did you hear that indian cricketers say that they want rest, dhoni said it once, and indians are playing the most cricket.

  • on August 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I think mahela is correct..u should enjoy test cricket..it is da real test in terms of hard work & patience...even sachin,ponting& many succesful cricketers have acceptd it...whn we consider abt tri series i think dz z good oppertunity 4 da likes of thisara perera,rangana herath& dilhara 2 book their ticket 4 da world cup..other than that i thnk the team is setteld & can beat any team in da world on any given conditions(as da world cup is staged in sub continent it will be a added advantage 4 sri lanka)

  • jasgagan on August 13, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    you need to accept that India was better team when it came to handling pressure in the final test.

  • Poks on August 13, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Indians are playing more matches because Sri Lankan Cricket board want Indians to play with them to raise money for their board.

  • onesh1790 on August 13, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    yes i think this the time where sri lanka has to look into the correct team for the world cup..so there attitude is right..this current team for this series looks like the best team for the world cup!

  • Ellis on August 13, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Mahela is right about Test cricket. It is the best all round test of cricketing skills. That said, there is no question that the SSC wicket was not a fair one for any cricket match, let alone a Test. Polonowita and Nishantha Ranatunga can keep their heads in the sand if they wish, but, objective cricket followers and players know that the wicket was found wanting. I do not know what is said behind closed doors, but, Sanga and Mahela are far too effusive in their public comments about " positives" after every game. The simple fact is that the SL team choked when batting in the last Test against India. SL have yet to win consistently away from home and must do so to be considered a top rank team. Also, at this point in time, the bowling is not one that will win the World Cup. Malinga, yes. Murali, perhaps. And then? Mendis has lost his mojo. Welegedara is not good enough. Randiv is learning. Kulasekera is OK, just. Dilshan needs to tighten up rather than being " Flash Harry" when batting

  • Diyan82 on August 13, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Seriously if u want to win the world cup SL needs to get thier middle order sorted out. You seriously cannot have Kapugedara for this world cup. We have tried him for 77 matches and clearly he's no use! Everytime we need our middle order to bat thru he let us down. Look at Angelo, he is showing already he has the potential to hold that middle order. We need to try Chandimal or Tissara Perera in here, I cannot get my head around this Kapu business. We must be the only team in the whole planet who try out failed players over and over again. Do you really think Aus, Eng, SA any other successful teams ever does this? It's not about young talent anymore, I spend a lot money following my team and as a fan I am entitle to know why we carry this kapugedara liability around?? I am sure a lot sri lankans would agree with me. We cannot win the world cup with this middle order as Kapu keeps letting us down. It doesn't matter how good u prepare urself for the WC, SL must get the middle order right

  • shanbhd on August 13, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I mostly agree with Mahela but feel that he shouldn't mention each time about only the dropped catches of Indians ignoring totally that there were crucial dropped catches of Sri Lankan players too.

  • thenkabail on August 13, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Mahela has the right attitude: I was sickened to hear that Dhoni and co think they are playing too much cricket. Indeed, if you look at every world cricketer, there are many Australians, Englishmen, Sri Lankans etc. playing more cricket than some of the Indians. Lot of Indian players are getting breaks. But the moment they start playing, they start complaining. That shows in their mediocre performances. Compared to this, Mahela is thinking right about preparation for world cup. Those Indian players who want rest, must be rested permanently (till they get their attitudes right).

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  • thenkabail on August 13, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Mahela has the right attitude: I was sickened to hear that Dhoni and co think they are playing too much cricket. Indeed, if you look at every world cricketer, there are many Australians, Englishmen, Sri Lankans etc. playing more cricket than some of the Indians. Lot of Indian players are getting breaks. But the moment they start playing, they start complaining. That shows in their mediocre performances. Compared to this, Mahela is thinking right about preparation for world cup. Those Indian players who want rest, must be rested permanently (till they get their attitudes right).

  • shanbhd on August 13, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I mostly agree with Mahela but feel that he shouldn't mention each time about only the dropped catches of Indians ignoring totally that there were crucial dropped catches of Sri Lankan players too.

  • Diyan82 on August 13, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Seriously if u want to win the world cup SL needs to get thier middle order sorted out. You seriously cannot have Kapugedara for this world cup. We have tried him for 77 matches and clearly he's no use! Everytime we need our middle order to bat thru he let us down. Look at Angelo, he is showing already he has the potential to hold that middle order. We need to try Chandimal or Tissara Perera in here, I cannot get my head around this Kapu business. We must be the only team in the whole planet who try out failed players over and over again. Do you really think Aus, Eng, SA any other successful teams ever does this? It's not about young talent anymore, I spend a lot money following my team and as a fan I am entitle to know why we carry this kapugedara liability around?? I am sure a lot sri lankans would agree with me. We cannot win the world cup with this middle order as Kapu keeps letting us down. It doesn't matter how good u prepare urself for the WC, SL must get the middle order right

  • Ellis on August 13, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Mahela is right about Test cricket. It is the best all round test of cricketing skills. That said, there is no question that the SSC wicket was not a fair one for any cricket match, let alone a Test. Polonowita and Nishantha Ranatunga can keep their heads in the sand if they wish, but, objective cricket followers and players know that the wicket was found wanting. I do not know what is said behind closed doors, but, Sanga and Mahela are far too effusive in their public comments about " positives" after every game. The simple fact is that the SL team choked when batting in the last Test against India. SL have yet to win consistently away from home and must do so to be considered a top rank team. Also, at this point in time, the bowling is not one that will win the World Cup. Malinga, yes. Murali, perhaps. And then? Mendis has lost his mojo. Welegedara is not good enough. Randiv is learning. Kulasekera is OK, just. Dilshan needs to tighten up rather than being " Flash Harry" when batting

  • onesh1790 on August 13, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    yes i think this the time where sri lanka has to look into the correct team for the world cup..so there attitude is right..this current team for this series looks like the best team for the world cup!

  • Poks on August 13, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Indians are playing more matches because Sri Lankan Cricket board want Indians to play with them to raise money for their board.

  • jasgagan on August 13, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    you need to accept that India was better team when it came to handling pressure in the final test.

  • on August 13, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I think mahela is correct..u should enjoy test cricket..it is da real test in terms of hard work & patience...even sachin,ponting& many succesful cricketers have acceptd it...whn we consider abt tri series i think dz z good oppertunity 4 da likes of thisara perera,rangana herath& dilhara 2 book their ticket 4 da world cup..other than that i thnk the team is setteld & can beat any team in da world on any given conditions(as da world cup is staged in sub continent it will be a added advantage 4 sri lanka)

  • Sachte on August 13, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    @ thenkabail Where did you hear that indian cricketers say that they want rest, dhoni said it once, and indians are playing the most cricket.

  • mkskhan on August 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I think picking Murali at this age is not that worth, but being unaware of the situation in Sri-Lanka team I am in no position to say anything. Well Sri-Lanka is a great team. When they won the world Cup they won it by scoring fast in the openning overs, and with the fall of one or two wickets Ranatunga and Desilva gave stability runs and confidence in the team. They were great in fielding as well. This is great, but Sanga although being a great captain, doesn't have the charisma of Ranatunga. Their fielding is not that great as it used to be. I think Sri-Lanka needs a workable combination for bigger matches. I am sorry if I said too much. Love Sri-Lankan cricket.