June 30, 2011

Cook has my sympathies

Being an international captain is hard, especially of England, whose limited-overs side are, like ours, in a phase of rebuilding and rethinking
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After a good win in Bristol in the Twenty20 on Saturday, we came back to earth with a bit of a bump in the first ODI at The Oval. But that's the thing when you play against top teams. If you make too many mistakes, they'll make sure you don't get back up, and unfortunately at 15 for 4, chasing 232, we were never in the contest.

We made too many mistakes in all departments, not just the batting. We started pretty well with the ball, but then, when play restarted after the thunderstorm, England scored about 110 runs in 10 overs, which was a big shift in momentum. We needed a good start with the bat, and a couple of big partnerships at the top, so that we could have wickets in hand to accelerate, but we didn't bat to a plan. They bowled really well and we didn't bat well enough.

There's been a lot of talk in the English media about James Anderson, particularly after the World Cup where he had a disappointing time and didn't play in our ten-wicket win in Colombo. But we've always known he's a quality performer. There will always be some days when you don't get it right, but more often than not the quality of these players will come out when it matters. We had to take chances chasing a big score, but he asked the right questions of us and got the rewards for his skill and accuracy.

As a former national captain, I had some sympathy for Alastair Cook in the days leading up to the match. It is tough on a guy like that, when he's getting beaten by the media before he's even taken charge of the team, although in the end it was a good first day in the job for him. The important thing is for him to realise going forward that his role in the team is not just as a captain. The most important thing for him is to get going and score the runs everyone knows he can make. That will help him settle.

It's early days for Cook and his team, and he needs time to find his feet. It's tough captaining any country, let alone England, where all your moves are going to be scrutinised day in and day out. But these are the challenges that modern-day cricketers face. Anyone in his role has to accept it as a good, positive challenge and give it a good shot.

On Tuesday night we said farewell to a legend of the game. Sanath Jayasuriya has had 20 years of amazing cricket. He has changed the way Sri Lanka play the game, and he's probably been the pioneer in revolutionising one-day cricket all around the world. When you take all that into account, and look at the records he's set over the last two decades, you have to marvel at his career.

As has happened to other greats in the past, the time finally came when he had to let go, and he did. It wasn't probably the best way for him to go out, but I thought it was strangely fitting. He hit his favourite cut shot, straight off the middle of the bat - but this time, sadly, straight to the fielder. He'll definitely be remembered as one of the legends of cricket.

Jayasuriya has changed the way Sri Lanka play the game, and he's probably been the pioneer in revolutionising one-day cricket all around the world

As a team we had a better day on Saturday, where we won convincingly, and from a personal point of view it was great to finally get some runs after a tough tour. I relished the opportunity to bat with a bit more freedom and play a few more shots, and it was an important chance to get back into the groove. The way we played as a team was very convincing. It was good fun.

There's only so much that can be read into a Twenty20 game, however. In that format you are always going to win some and lose some. If a team makes a couple of mistakes, it's very difficult to get back, as we found in the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean last year, when England beat us in the semi-final.

Their team had got into a really good rhythm in that tournament, but they've had to rebuild and rethink their line-up since. Likewise, in 50-over cricket we've had to do the same since the World Cup final in Mumbai, so you expect some blips along the way. You just have to look at it as a good investment, because the rewards will come in the future.

It was particularly good to see Lasith Malinga back in action for us, and his spell in the Twenty20 was quite brilliant. We all understand that he cannot sustain his pace in Test cricket because of the injuries he has suffered, but he uses his skills in such a productive way in the shorter formats. He creates pressure and picks up wickets in short bursts, and he's great ammunition to have anywhere in the world. He's so good at reading batsmen these days, and has developed so many different variations. He's a key part of our future in the shorter form of the game.

We learnt after the Bristol game that Stuart Law is moving on from Sri Lanka to take up the role of Bangladesh coach. It is a disappointment, in the sense that we would like some stability in our management group, but Sri Lanka Cricket have probably got other plans, and over the past 10-15 years they have been good at attracting quality coaches for three- or four-year stints. These kinds of things are out of our hands as players, but Stuey has been great. He's a wonderful cricketer. We've learnt a lot from his knowledge and what he has contributed, and we wish him all the best in Bangladesh.

Now we are heading off to Headingley for the second ODI, and hopefully Tillakaratne Dilshan can lead from the front once again after getting a bit unluckily in his comeback game at The Oval. He would have been fit for the Twenty20 but we didn't want to take a risk so soon after his recovery from a broken thumb. He is now 100% fit to bat, though having not played much cricket for the last few weeks, he'll take some time to get into the groove. But being in the dressing room and not playing cricket can be really annoying, so he's desperate to be involved again.

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

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  • dinith_sw on July 2, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Had I gone and watched it myself there wouldn't be the enjoyment of having a conversation. There will be no delight of learning from someone and sharing information. I wouldn't have the pleasures of this. This was a surprise, Greatbach. Especially with a media touting Jayasuriya. You have to accept that with the amount of ludicrous comments flying about this place, you only can take them with a grain of salt.

  • dinith_sw on July 2, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    So okay, that's quite good. Since you pointed out Greatbach, I went over his statistics on cricinfo. You're indeed correct. He has had a wonderful stint as an opener and definitely, So Greatbach did this before Jayasuriya! . Seriously, these commentators should be far more accountable towards what they say! Its quite good to know that both you (skr) and Samik have had the heart to point out. I believe the process was only in need of a benchmarking process after Greatbach. Jayasuriya did that by pulling it off in the 1996 World cup, the world stage. Those two knocks against England and India, and add to that winning the World Cup. That gave the public the image of what it needs to be an ODI opener. The aura. I distinctively remember pepsi carrying out an advertisement campaign with Jayasuriya named the Master Blaster after the World cup. Afridi debuted by 1997 so yeah that cemented the characteristics of the ODI opener.

  • aryan_ab on July 2, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @Crksl:Whatever stats are being put up, as of now, we are the number 1 test team in the world, and one day international world champs. And we feel extremely happy when frustrated guys like you post on these public forums to show how jealous you guys are.........hahahaha.......keep posting..........we are enjoying it.......LOL

  • crksl on July 2, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist, Sri Lanka has better winning percentage in Test matches than India http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;orderby=win_loss_ratio;template=results;type=team

  • 9ST9 on July 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    the point here is that even if there comes a player in future who scores a hundred every other innings and has an average like the don's. Indian fans will say still 'Sachin' (not tendulkar) is better. If SL build a team of invincible and beat every team home and away then Indian fans will say - they did not win a test at Bramall lane. So actually pointless arguing with these kind of people who just throw up some irrelevant rubbish to compensate for the hiding they received in the late 1990's esp 1997 and the glorious world cup of 2007.

  • Sendoh on July 1, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;orderby=win_loss_ratio;template=results;type=team

    There you go the win/loss ratio is test cricket both home & away. India having got test status in 1932, is at the bottom and is only better than NZ, Zimbabwe & Bangladesh. hahaha Don't throw rocks when you are in glass houses.

  • skr346 on July 1, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    @dinith_sw: first of all thanks to SamikDG, I was already feeling too old for remembering 1992. and now to you danith_sw, I never said Jaisurya was the only person who did it, I said in 1997 WC he did it better than others, ..anyway I did some research yesterday and by 1997 it was a common strategy to go after bowlers in the first 15 over, Afridi was doing it even more brutally, Tendulkar was on fire as a one day opener..so what Jaisurya did was not new, it all started in 1992 with Greatbatch..it was so successful that England started sending their hardest hitting batsman Botham to open the innings and believe it or not India sent Kapil Dev to open in at least one game in that WC..that was the impact of Greatbatch...and NZ almost won the 1992 world cup, it took a genius called Inzemam Ul Haq to bring NZ down, so NZ was quite successful and Greatbatch indeed was the one who redefined the role of One day opening batsman,I hope Jaiwardane reads some of these comments,btw he is classy too

  • on July 1, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    No doubt about his class as a cricketer, but his articles have lots of 'we', 'us' and 'I' very limited scope and more of personal expressions than something analytic or broad. Don't think he should write articles while playing...

  • crksl on July 1, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Jayawardene's 144 is the third highest score against England in Eng...behind Viv's 189 and Jayasuriya's 152

  • crksl on July 1, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    @SunnyGIsGawd, ha ha Mahela scored 144. Still a flat track bully? Watch out! more to come on the way!

  • dinith_sw on July 2, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Had I gone and watched it myself there wouldn't be the enjoyment of having a conversation. There will be no delight of learning from someone and sharing information. I wouldn't have the pleasures of this. This was a surprise, Greatbach. Especially with a media touting Jayasuriya. You have to accept that with the amount of ludicrous comments flying about this place, you only can take them with a grain of salt.

  • dinith_sw on July 2, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    So okay, that's quite good. Since you pointed out Greatbach, I went over his statistics on cricinfo. You're indeed correct. He has had a wonderful stint as an opener and definitely, So Greatbach did this before Jayasuriya! . Seriously, these commentators should be far more accountable towards what they say! Its quite good to know that both you (skr) and Samik have had the heart to point out. I believe the process was only in need of a benchmarking process after Greatbach. Jayasuriya did that by pulling it off in the 1996 World cup, the world stage. Those two knocks against England and India, and add to that winning the World Cup. That gave the public the image of what it needs to be an ODI opener. The aura. I distinctively remember pepsi carrying out an advertisement campaign with Jayasuriya named the Master Blaster after the World cup. Afridi debuted by 1997 so yeah that cemented the characteristics of the ODI opener.

  • aryan_ab on July 2, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @Crksl:Whatever stats are being put up, as of now, we are the number 1 test team in the world, and one day international world champs. And we feel extremely happy when frustrated guys like you post on these public forums to show how jealous you guys are.........hahahaha.......keep posting..........we are enjoying it.......LOL

  • crksl on July 2, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist, Sri Lanka has better winning percentage in Test matches than India http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;orderby=win_loss_ratio;template=results;type=team

  • 9ST9 on July 1, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    the point here is that even if there comes a player in future who scores a hundred every other innings and has an average like the don's. Indian fans will say still 'Sachin' (not tendulkar) is better. If SL build a team of invincible and beat every team home and away then Indian fans will say - they did not win a test at Bramall lane. So actually pointless arguing with these kind of people who just throw up some irrelevant rubbish to compensate for the hiding they received in the late 1990's esp 1997 and the glorious world cup of 2007.

  • Sendoh on July 1, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;orderby=win_loss_ratio;template=results;type=team

    There you go the win/loss ratio is test cricket both home & away. India having got test status in 1932, is at the bottom and is only better than NZ, Zimbabwe & Bangladesh. hahaha Don't throw rocks when you are in glass houses.

  • skr346 on July 1, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    @dinith_sw: first of all thanks to SamikDG, I was already feeling too old for remembering 1992. and now to you danith_sw, I never said Jaisurya was the only person who did it, I said in 1997 WC he did it better than others, ..anyway I did some research yesterday and by 1997 it was a common strategy to go after bowlers in the first 15 over, Afridi was doing it even more brutally, Tendulkar was on fire as a one day opener..so what Jaisurya did was not new, it all started in 1992 with Greatbatch..it was so successful that England started sending their hardest hitting batsman Botham to open the innings and believe it or not India sent Kapil Dev to open in at least one game in that WC..that was the impact of Greatbatch...and NZ almost won the 1992 world cup, it took a genius called Inzemam Ul Haq to bring NZ down, so NZ was quite successful and Greatbatch indeed was the one who redefined the role of One day opening batsman,I hope Jaiwardane reads some of these comments,btw he is classy too

  • on July 1, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    No doubt about his class as a cricketer, but his articles have lots of 'we', 'us' and 'I' very limited scope and more of personal expressions than something analytic or broad. Don't think he should write articles while playing...

  • crksl on July 1, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Jayawardene's 144 is the third highest score against England in Eng...behind Viv's 189 and Jayasuriya's 152

  • crksl on July 1, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    @SunnyGIsGawd, ha ha Mahela scored 144. Still a flat track bully? Watch out! more to come on the way!

  • SamikDG on July 1, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    @dinith_sw, Jayasuriya was definitely not the only one who was successful in that technique, but he was probably the most successful. Don't know if you will understand the difference. Since you yourself admitted, go and watch some of the NZ match videos from 92 WC. Greatbatch was immensely successful for such a small team as NZ and almost took them to the WC final, if not for Inzy's knock in the SF. So yes, Crowe and Greatbatch pioneered that. Crowe also pioneered opening with a spinner (Deepak Patel) and was pretty successful at that, only it did not catch on like the opener's role till 2011 WC :) IMHO, Crowe was one of the best-thinking captains along with being one of the most stylish players.

  • dinith_sw on July 1, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    What I tried to elucidate was, for something to be considered pioneered it has to be successful. It is this successful element that brings it into existence.I'll put it simply. Two people try to solve the same problem.One method yields no result, whilst the other does. The one yielding the result, hence successful, is the pioneering method. Since it is the one solving the problem whilst the other doesn't. So if I am not mistaken, you simply stated that Jayasuriya was the only person who could do it and be successful. So what are we arguing about here? You once said that Jayasuriya was the one and just to counter what I said you simply go on talking about this NZ creating a sensation. So one part of you is wrong. Which one is it? I've never had the opportunity to watch Greatbach or Crow play, I wasn't of age. If you could provide a clearer explanation I believe it definitely would do justice to this dialogue.

  • spiritwithin on July 1, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    @sangamahela..its a lame excuse to defend a poor overseas record,SL still played 88test AWAY matches(excluding zim & BD) and won just 11tests,i dont think 88 is a very small number,if u look at the sats then it reveals that SL played 88away tests in 29yrs-an average of 3.06tests/year but a win/loss ratio of of just 22 whereas india played 208away tests(excluding zim & BD) in 80years at an average of 2.6tests/year at win /loss ratio of 32....not a great figure for either of the team and definitely not an excuse for such pathetic win%..among subcontinent teams pak fares well with a win/loss of 66, ... SL won WC in 1996,so we check stats from 1996 onwards coz SL is no more a minnow since 1996-india played 73away tests-won 15(win/loss 55.56),SL played 52away tests-won 8(win/loss 28.6)...outside subcontinent-SL won just 5tests & lost 29(W/L of just 17.2),india-won 22.lost 75(W/L-29.3)..as u see SL is really a poor team away from home even when compared to india who's poor overseas record...

  • B.C.G on July 1, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @Sehwagwagwag...Why do u keep on crying abt the kallis boucher partnership preventing an Indian victory?One can also say that minus fluke Laxman partnership,S.A. would have won 2-0.(Zak was plumb out,wasn't given)You can't give that as an excuse for India's best ever test line-up failing to win in S.A.

  • on July 1, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Mahela all the best for today, hoping for a century from you :)

  • on July 1, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Jayasurya was great, and so are Mahela and Sanga. In fact, I'd compare Mahela to Tendulkar in that both are immensely talented, yet humble batsmen. They're ideal role models for all aspirants.

    I'm a little disappointed, however, with the current SL crop. Dilshan has flare but he's not Jayasurya. He doesn't do it consistently enough with either bat, or bowl. The rest are pretty forgettable. Same case with bowlers. SL will go down once the seniors retire. Same's the case with India. I wish some of the dedication and humility of seniors like Dravid, Tendulkar and Mahela would rub off on the upcoming players.... else it's gonna be England all the way for the next 5-6 years!

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on July 1, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    I fail to understand how this Sri Lankan team is in the phase of rebuilding?? Its almost the same team that reached the finals of WC.. I agree Muttiah Murlitharan s left a hole which is not going to be filled.. But the team has the same Batting order (Sanath wasnt playing since 2009) same meduim pacers and three good spinners randiv, mendis, herath.. Mahela just finding an excuse for not being able to challenge England on their pitches..

  • skr346 on June 30, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    @dinith_sw: Hmmmm...it could also be that many people don't even remember 1992 world cup and there is very little NewZeland media presence to remind the world 10 times a day about it, anyway if there are people who remember 1992 world cup, Greatbatch was quite a sensation and everybody talked about how that was a masterstroke from Martin Crowe...I think when we completely ignore the contibutions of others and start taking credit on behalf of everyone else by making statements like "He reinvented the game", "Redefined batting" etc.....that's when you see some raised eyebrows...and Success and Pioneering are not always the same thing....Dell is the most successful PC company without pioneering the PC or anything for that matter...anyway..Martin Crowe, Greatbach, Kalu and Sanath are all part of cricketing history now and they were all very good...Sanath was instrumental in winning the world cup and no one can take that away from him, did he re-define one day batting?..let me think again

  • sangamahela on June 30, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @Indian fans, Dear friends, we have won many games against India in big occasions, 1997 Independence Cup ,two times in1996 World cup.2007 World cup, 2008 Asia Cup are the example so please dont tell us that we haven't won out side Sri Lanka. Also we won the last series in Australia and we won 5-0 in England in 2006. I think this is enough for you guys. Well during Jayawardena's 14 years career(1997-2011) he has been once to SA and WI, twice to Australia,India,NZ, Pakistan and he scored 119 & 107 test centuries in Eng,101 in Aus, 140 in NZ, 125 in WI, 270 in India, 242 in Pakistan, 165 in Bang,100 in Zim and 98 in SA. So do you think that SL is getting enough matches to win out side SL ??? India and other countries getting enough matches but we don't. That is the main reason why we are behind in test cricket than India.

  • crksl on June 30, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka all out for 82 in Cardiff. I thought that was the lowest. But India all out for42 at Lords & 58 at Manchester earlier. If you not sure? see below list. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/team/lowest_innings_totals.html?class=1;id=1;type=host

  • dinith_sw on June 30, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Pioneering hinges around success. You can do something, but the day it succeeds that's when it starts to matter. Either way that's the whole point of it. Doing something different successfully. If that isn't case how can it ever be considered to be a novel process. That's why Jayasooriya and Kaluwitharana are synonymous with it. You can't take that away from them. That's the glory of success.

  • on June 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I don't know why Mahela feel sorry for Cook.In fact Cook should be delighted to be the captain of a team who performed so wonderfully that day.Your team seemed to be in a kind of dissaray and refocusing of the objective of winning matches is more appropriate and timely I believe.we expect a steadier performance in rest of the series.Mate ,you can take up your pen then .All the best.

  • skr346 on June 30, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    No disrespect to Sanath and the great Srilankan cricketers but I am not sure why everyone thinks that going after the bowling attack in the first 15 overs is something that Jaisurya pioneered...in reality it was under Martin Crowe's captaincy in 1992 WC when this started and Mark Greatbatch was the opening batsman who really pioneered this, and he went after bowlers like Walsh, Ambrose, Akram, McGrath One can argue that many years ago, Shrikanth also used to bat that way but he just batted like that - all the time. When Jaisurya started doing this, by that time every country was doing that - Amir Sohain/Saeed Anwar in Pakistan, Tendulkar for India, Mark Waugh for Australia...the difference was that no one could do it as effectively as Jaisurya and no one could score as quickly as him..and SL eventually won the workd cup. I still believe that it was Martin Crowe and Marc Greatbatch who pioneered this strategy.

  • Rus_95 on June 30, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    @khiladisher: I think you mean 'Test Series'.

  • WTEH on June 30, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Mahela stop writing nonsense and concentrate on your batting. That is what you are paid for. Once you retire, write, commentate live cricket. But right now you have a greater responsibility to your fans to perform well with the bat.

  • Humbert_Von_Humbert on June 30, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I know English is probably a second language for most of the people commenting here, but please make an effort. At least read what you've written before you post. And please start using some punctuation. Some of you might have something interesting to say, but we'll never know, as it is almost indecipherable.

  • 9ST9 on June 30, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    @Sehwagologist - this is becoming pretty boring "single test in india,sa,aus" this part is so repetitive. If you need help in new idea's i'd be glad to help you.

  • on June 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    @KK7980 take out every single Australian pitch mentioned... they are all horrible... South Africa is the only country that continues to prepare green pitches that have pace, bounce and movement... that is where a true Test of a batsmen can be measured... against the best bowling attack in the world, Steyn-Morkel and co.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 30, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Lakans are not good enough to win matches outside Lanka. That is a truth!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    @crksl why cant those 145 kmph bowler win a single test in india,sa,aus sl has not won even a single bilateral odi series in india where as indian has won 3 out of 4 the hardcore fact is if u r a good enough team then please win a single test match in subcontinent conditions in india then think about winning in aus,sa guess what u gotta tour sa later this year indian squared series 1-1 and if not for kallis/boucher p/ship chasing 150 3rd test and we would have won infact it was sa who was forced to limits@crksl why cant those 145 kmph bowler win a single test in india,sa,aus sl has not won even a single bilateral odi series in india where as indian has won 3 out of 4 the hardcore fact is if u r a good enough team then please win a single test match in subcontinent conditions in india then think about winning in aus,sa guess what u gotta tour sa later this year indian squared series 1-1 and if not for kallis/boucher p/ship chasing 150 3rd test and we would have won infact it was sa who

  • purple-haze on June 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    umm.....will somebody enlighten me about the 4 "fast" bowlers of SL about whom cricfan100 was harping out loud? And what's with this fascination about a century at Lords? So Mahela scores a 100 over there and he is better than all those who havent? Even Stuart Broad and Ajit Agarkar have scored centuries at Lords. Thats no criteria to judge greatness. @all those who think SL don't get chances to play in India, England, SA and Australia-- Thats a poor excuse to defend a poor overseas record. The fact of the matter is that even when they GET chances to play there, they hardly win anything. The ongoing England tour justifies this.

  • kasyapm on June 30, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Guys, lets not make it a case of SL vs India or anyother team. The article and what it says is something entirely different. I am from India and I respect the SL team as a whole and am a big fan of Mahela (whose century in the WI final is something I can never forget and we all probably might be talking about it even now if SL hadn't lost) Murali and Sanga. Let's respect each others' team and show our support in the right fashion.

  • KK7980 on June 30, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    @crksl: Since when Lords became the toughest pitch to bat on or English bowling attack firecest to face... Since when scoring at Lords is the biggest achievment than scoring at Perth, Sydney, Durban, Joberg or against the Aussies and South Africans...

  • on June 30, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    @Crksl: When did the fact that " one has scored a 100 at Lord's" become the yardstick to judge whether you are a good overseas player or not. It is just another great ground like MCG,SCG and Eden Gardens. Just check the overseas record of the player's name you have taken in your post and compare it with that of Mahela. I am sure you will realize Mahela is a real flat track bully and nothing else.

  • spiritwithin on June 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    @crksl ..so a player's career is defined by their performance in a particular stadium instead of looking at their performance in the whole country??@cricfan100,i presume u r a subcontinent fan(non-india),well may i know which four fast bowlers r u talking about who bowls 145kmph+,yeah malinga is one but he's also the one who cant even play tests coz of that,regarding hawkeye,well well y is it that we see only the subcontinent fans crying so foul of that incident,atleast read the article on sachin's dismissal in hawkeye website where they explained it with all technical outputs,if population is the sole criterion to judge a nation than i wonder y china is not doing well in football,y US the 3rd largest population with the best of technology is not a football power,y aus with such a less population is the best cricketing nation??dude if the talent is dispersed equally then it does'nt matter how big the population is in a country,and in WI india is doing well inspite of a depleted side

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 30, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    @crksl and still mahela cannot win a single test in india,sa,aus where did class acts sanga,mahela,murali run away when they have to win a single test in india ? first improve ur test win in india or else dont embarras u and ur team

  • dinith_sw on June 30, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    @somalmighty.... I think this guy is a sri lankan posing as an indian fan.

  • crksl on June 30, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    @Mob_King, You are so right. Sri Lanka play less matches. But still Mahela got 2 centuries at Lords. Tendulkar, Shewag, Dravid, Laxman & Dhoni yet to score a century at Lords.

  • somalmighty_UK on June 30, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @cricfan100....I think this guy is srilankan posing as an Indian fan...Still, even if Sachin/Dravid/Laxman retires India has got a good bench strength to offer a stiff competition atleast...btw..India is doing good in WI owing to their bowlers because all the tracks played so far have favoured the bowlers...WI is 98/5 themselves now....To dissapoint you a little more, Sachin/Dravid/Laxman has got no imminent plans of retirement...LOL

  • R.Waseem on June 30, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I'm sure Srilankans are gonna cm much stronger with much better game plans and beat the Englishmen and prove dat we are the best....!

  • spiritwithin on June 30, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    @crksl...['''Glad Sri Lanka made the test world record against India which is highest ever score an inning 952/6''']....is this comments anyway related to the topic??even if SL scored that many runs against india the fact is it was still a draw and SL was selfishly playing for the world record then instead of for a win,inspite of taking 200run lead they still batted till the 5th day,utter selfish,their were so many instances when other teams also scored 700+ but declared at the right time to get a result instead of going for a record..and y the comments of ''khiladisher'' sounds like an insult or hate speech for some SL fan??he's supporting england and obviously he wants them to win each & every match

  • debashisgamma on June 30, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    This is an exciting phase in the world of cricket as we see a change in guard for a lot of the cricketing nations.Ross Taylor for the kiwis,De villiers for the Proteas,Cook and Broad for the poms,Dilshan for lanka and Clarke,down under are the newly appointed leaders...Even though Strauss and Smith stay on as skippers in the longer formats,I think its a fair assessment to say that the Indian camp has the best captain in the world as of now.I cannot remember the last time you could have said that with certainty about an Indian team...Good Times!

  • Mob_King on June 30, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    @Khiladisher -- the problem with SL cricket, is that fat cats in India, England, Australia and South Africa don't let them play there!

    How can you win a Test match when you aren't even invited to play one?

  • cricfan100 on June 30, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @Khiladishar, I don't know about sri lanka as much as u do. But I know about my team india better than u.Once our master tendulkar retires my team india will turn out to be pussy cats for sure. We are showing early signs of that against westindies and it's our bowlers who are saving us there.And my team won the 2011 world cup bacause in the semi final sachin's lbw was overturned by hawkeye operater. And I am ashamed that none of the team india members turned out to thanks that hawk eye operater for the great job he did in helping my country to win the world cup. And I am really dissapointed for a country that has 1500 million people we still haven't been able to find a fast bowler who can exceed 145kph. And among such a huge population we have only few good batsman. But i think though sri lanka has only 20 million people they have got 4 fast bowlers who exceeds 145kph. They also have got several good batsman.So Khiladishar u should be proud of your country rather than criticizing it.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 30, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Mahela i feel sorry for u as u wont be able to win a single test match in ,sa,aus,ind as murali has retired and even vaas is absent to make matters worse sanga mentioned sl need to find other ways to win test match so will it br chasing 500 against SA in durban and 400 vs aus at perth is it ? can u imagine no test win in india in subcontinent conditions ?

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 30, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Come on Mahe!! Admit it. You are nothing but a flat track bully. Showed your true talent in "tests" by not scoring, and in the first "ODI" by not scoring, but scoring some in the T20, that had nothing for bowlers. Way to go man!!!

  • 9ST9 on June 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Khiladisher has my sympathies for being so out of ideas, that he repeats the same thing in each and every article regarding SL...(yawn)

  • yohandf1984 on June 30, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Well said Mahela . we played poorly and lost and its a part of game . but we hav a good chance to come back winning the next game . nice to read yo articles with respects given to overseas teams , their players and also doing a fair annalyse on defeat . this is what helps cricket to be the gentlmens'game unlike destructional criticisms on teams / players from ppl like khiladisher.

  • HILMY10730603 on June 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    MAHELA, you are absolutely correct. An English Player who was not a part of their miserable world cup campaign and had not played many ODI takes over the England ODI Captaincy. What a Joke. You tried to say in an indirect manner. Meanwhile, that 110 run victory was a fluke for England after getting that overcast post rain condition to swing a little bit. For the remainder of the Series, TM Dil should bat first and put a big total so that England will struggle as how Sri Lanka did on Tuesday. Keep up this Writing Task. Good Luck for the remaining four matches to win 4-0 to teach a good lesson for COOK to fry off the PAN.

  • REH223 on June 30, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Hey MAHELA ! Stop worrying about other teams. JUST CONCENTRATE IN REBUILDING YOUR OWN TEAM.

  • rustyryan on June 30, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Ha ha only Mahela can write up like this after a humiliating loss.. :P

  • Ameega on June 30, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @Khiladisher, I can guess of which team you are a fan of. Enjoy cricket! Don't hate, insult or condemn others!

  • crksl on June 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Glad Sri Lanka made the test world record against India which is highest ever score an inning 952/6 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63762.html

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    GO MAHELA GO ENGLAND-5 LANKA-0

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    MAHELA HAS MY SYMPATHIES FOR PLAYING FOR A TEAM THAT IS YET TO WIN ATEST MATCH IN INDIA,AUSTRALIA OR SOUTH AFRICA.ITS A MATTER OF UTTER SHAME NOT WINNING IN ALMOST 30 YRS.

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  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    MAHELA HAS MY SYMPATHIES FOR PLAYING FOR A TEAM THAT IS YET TO WIN ATEST MATCH IN INDIA,AUSTRALIA OR SOUTH AFRICA.ITS A MATTER OF UTTER SHAME NOT WINNING IN ALMOST 30 YRS.

  • khiladisher on June 30, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    GO MAHELA GO ENGLAND-5 LANKA-0

  • crksl on June 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Glad Sri Lanka made the test world record against India which is highest ever score an inning 952/6 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63762.html

  • Ameega on June 30, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @Khiladisher, I can guess of which team you are a fan of. Enjoy cricket! Don't hate, insult or condemn others!

  • rustyryan on June 30, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Ha ha only Mahela can write up like this after a humiliating loss.. :P

  • REH223 on June 30, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Hey MAHELA ! Stop worrying about other teams. JUST CONCENTRATE IN REBUILDING YOUR OWN TEAM.

  • HILMY10730603 on June 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    MAHELA, you are absolutely correct. An English Player who was not a part of their miserable world cup campaign and had not played many ODI takes over the England ODI Captaincy. What a Joke. You tried to say in an indirect manner. Meanwhile, that 110 run victory was a fluke for England after getting that overcast post rain condition to swing a little bit. For the remainder of the Series, TM Dil should bat first and put a big total so that England will struggle as how Sri Lanka did on Tuesday. Keep up this Writing Task. Good Luck for the remaining four matches to win 4-0 to teach a good lesson for COOK to fry off the PAN.

  • yohandf1984 on June 30, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Well said Mahela . we played poorly and lost and its a part of game . but we hav a good chance to come back winning the next game . nice to read yo articles with respects given to overseas teams , their players and also doing a fair annalyse on defeat . this is what helps cricket to be the gentlmens'game unlike destructional criticisms on teams / players from ppl like khiladisher.

  • 9ST9 on June 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Khiladisher has my sympathies for being so out of ideas, that he repeats the same thing in each and every article regarding SL...(yawn)

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 30, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Come on Mahe!! Admit it. You are nothing but a flat track bully. Showed your true talent in "tests" by not scoring, and in the first "ODI" by not scoring, but scoring some in the T20, that had nothing for bowlers. Way to go man!!!