November 27, 2011

We need to put the Pakistan series behind us

It has been a disappointing outing for Sri Lanka in the UAE, but we've got to look ahead to South Africa
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The UAE tour was frustrating because we had our opportunities but didn't convert them - especially in the fourth and fifth ODIs. In the fifth match we didn't hold onto our chances, while Pakistan had a couple of good partnerships and finished it off. We needed to be consistent with the momentum.

The pitch conditions are pretty similar to Sri Lanka, of course, but we were up against a very good bowling unit, who have a lot of variations. In the middle period it's tough to build a foundation if you keep losing wickets; and Pakistan's attacking combination relentlessly picked up wickets.

The new Powerplay rules create new scenarios. After the first 10 overs there is a gap of five overs, following which the fielding captains usually take the bowling Powerplay. This shifts the momentum because after the first 10 overs, the fielders go back. If you're batting well you try to hold on to your wicket because the next Powerplay might come any time soon, and that puts the fielding captain in a bit of a quandary whether to take it or not.

The batting Powerplay, between the 36th and 40th over, makes a huge difference. Even if you've lost just two or three wickets, you don't want to take too many risks because losing a few wickets would affect your momentum going into the last 10 overs. At the same time, it's a Powerplay and you need to score quickly.

I think you'll see scores coming down with the new Powerplay rules. Under the previous rule, teams kept wickets in hand and accelerated in the last five overs, in which they could get about 60 or more runs. Now teams get a maximum of 30-40 runs. With the field back in the last 10 overs you need power hitters to clear the ropes. The Powerplays and having a different ball at either end contribute towards making it an even game between bat and ball. It's a good challenge but teams will take some time to adjust to the new rules.

In the third ODI, I got out very early in the batting Powerplay. That slowed us down because it's difficult for a new batsman to get going immediately. Angelo [Mathews] had a couple of good overs but when [Dinesh] Chandimal got out in the last over of the Powerplay, Angelo had to restrict himself and make sure he stayed till the end.

In the fourth ODI, as soon as we saw the wicket we knew it was going to be a low-scoring game and that it was going to be difficult to bat against the spinners. Kumar [Sangakkara] and I had a very good partnership and it looked easy since we needed three-four runs an over. But when he got out, we lost a few more wickets. It's tough for the tailenders against spinners of that quality. I made a mistake as well; I was in two minds - whether to take chances or bat till the end. But credit goes to the Pakistan bowlers. They smelt an opportunity and were ruthless.

Looking at the bigger picture, we have a few youngsters coming through and we need to have faith in them. You still need to consider Angelo a youngster, although he has quite a bit of experience. The other promising ones are Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis. In one-day cricket particularly, we need to strike a balance between youth and experience, though there might be occasions when we need to fall back on the experienced lot until the youngsters get more confident. In Tests we need to place more faith in the experienced players.

Tillakaratne Dilshan has taken up a tough job as captain. It has not been easy because we have a reasonably new bowling attack and the selectors have picked a lot of youngsters. You need to give him time. At the same time Dilshan needs to think of his value as a batsman as well. Unfortunately he has had a lean period with the bat, which could affect his captaincy. He is capable of coming through these challenges and has done a decent job so far.

South Africa are going to be a bigger challenge mentally. We have to put this Pakistan series behind us. We cannot ride on what happened in the Middle East, take that extra baggage on board and think everything will turn around in South Africa. We need to play to our strengths and take positives from the Pakistan series.

Regarding my knee injury, I need two weeks of rest with medication. After that I will start a slow running programme and should be fit before the first Test in South Africa.

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

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  • HLANGL on November 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @"Posted by Uvindu Perera on (November 29 2011, 20:22 PM GMT)" But the fact is that especially S'kara bats without even concerning the end result of the game, where the game is heading I mean. Scoring a 70 in 100+ deliveries, or even a 100 in 120+ deliveries, may not win ODIs these days. I'm not mentioning about the 4th ODI which SL lost when they were chasing a modest 200+ total, but in general the average score in ODIs these days is much higher, so a top order batsman is supposed to score at a more decent rate. Moreover he doesn't bother taking any risk & lifting the tempo of the game even when it's badly needed, just remember the final of the WC2007 in which he took 40+ deliveries to reach his initial 18 runs. J'ya was going much better at the other end hitting 30+ inside 30 deliveries, yet S'kara didn't even bother rotatng the strike, thus killed the whole momentum of the run chase. Mahela may be comparatively more concerned regarding the end result, still very very inconsistent.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @HLANGL, Two players alone can't make an impact when the rest of the team fail miserably. In the second half of their careers, Jayasuria and Aravinda had better support from the rest of the team to be aggressive and take command. So did most successful batsmen in the history of Cricket. That just not the case these days where Sri Lanka can be 190-3 and then all out for 220. For example, Mahela has an excellent record opening in ODIs but he is forced to play in the middle order. Why? It's because unlike Jayasuria, he has to shoulder the weight of the team rather than just being aggressive.

  • Cannuck on November 29, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    @ Lord.emsworth, thanks & u r right, sad days are already upon us! @ Roshini, bet U r referring to Sauth Paw's "recent "pas" comment that's making rounds on cyber space. @ Chandau, can't remember me ever agreeing with you here before, but there's always a first time mate... agree 200%. I hate when people blame pro-athletes for making money, when that is their job! As you rightly said we rather see the players make money than the "suits" and politicos! Just saw that Samaraweera was added to he SA squad (wait for it) by the sports minister. Guess who has to eat his own words "Thilan is not in our future plans"?

  • vallavarayar on November 29, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    ...and then we'll need to put the South African series behind us look forward to whatever tour that comes up, and then we'll put that too behind us successfully and smell dandelions and spout poetry.

  • HLANGL on November 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    For the most part, the current pathetic situation for SL has come with their batting. Some are simply not making runs at all, even the one who makes runs doesn't mind the influentiality of the runs he's making.S'kara is talking about the necessity of making 25 test hundreds to be a good batsman, 30 to be a great, 10,000 runs being the benchmark, etc.. What nonesense as long as he cannot impose his authority in the middle & take control of the situation of the game?.Mahela shuffles whenever the ball moves outside the offstump at a failry decent pace.Both these are more biased towards the runs, averages, but not on the impact they make on the end result which is the one ultimately matters.That's the one players like Richards, Gilchrist, J'ya, Saeed Anwar, Ponting at his peak, & Aravinda De Silva to a certain extent especially during the second half of career, had & that's why they brought many a victory to their respective countries.The current SL batting is lacking this whole dimension.

  • HLANGL on November 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    No matter what's being said or written, the reasons for this continued humiliation are pretty clear & I'm not at all surprised to see it. How many innings played by S'kara & Mahela could take control of the game, I mean not the runs made after eating up a plenty of deliveries thus letting the opposition to take control of the game ?. Where's the impact of the runs they make on the end result ?. S'kara is a throwback to the 80's where most batsmen used to eat up deliveries, & his consistency lies in fact that he doesn't take any risk at all even when it's badly needed. Both J'ya & De Silva were greater tallents who could counterattack & pass the pressure onto the other party whenever it's required. Dilshan is not a well polished material to launch the attack upfront on a continuous basis though he's done well during '08-'11.Why's Thilan Thushara not being picked instead of Lakmal or Welagedara ?.Why's Randiv picked over Ajantha Mendis ?. I can go on, but space here doesn't permit more.

  • dmqi on November 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    MJ, you can give all the explanation, and we fully understand it. Only thing I do not understand is why you and then Sanga both gave up captaincy. Captaincy is a tough job and the person must have some charisma which is missing in you presentr captain. Come back man or make Sanga the Captain. See, what Misbah did to Pak team.

  • Lord.emsworth on November 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Agree with Cannuck, except for the last sentance. Sad days are not ahead, they are already here! Of the last 4 Test series SL have played they have lost 3 and drawn 1. Todays SL are on par with emerging nations like Afghanistan, Kenya, Canada etc. Bangladesh, Zimb & Holland could easily beat this SL team. Pity, Cricket was the one sport SL were ever really good at and now this is gone too....

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Selectors and the captain has to be more justice full to the players and the country. Which has to guide and arrange always for a countries victory, not individual's benefits.. . Thus should STOP acting for underhand priorities and influences. Guys, Let's stop elaborating on what happened. Past is always a lesson for the present and future . Lets whish and hope for the best in SA … Cheers !

  • chandau on November 29, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    1. SLC has to shouldd must pay the guys ASAP if they want to see a reversal of performance. it is easy for so many arm chair pundits to comment and blame the players for bad performance; instead what they should do is to imagine themselves in a simillar position. assuming all these people who comment work for a living, imagine working for ur company or organization for 6+ months without being paid. doubt u will do that !

    cricket is a game played by 15 guys on the squad. although 11 take the field others contribute from the sidelines, in the nets, during off time. they are the bread winners for SLC powers that be who chose to waste the hard earned money on white elephants. sponsoers do not pay millions of $$$ for the board officials or the selectors or the team management; they play based on the players, like mahela, sanga, malinga et al. people do not come to grounds or tune to radio or switch on tv to look at duleep mendis the selector or dharmadasa the SLC chairman.

  • HLANGL on November 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @"Posted by Uvindu Perera on (November 29 2011, 20:22 PM GMT)" But the fact is that especially S'kara bats without even concerning the end result of the game, where the game is heading I mean. Scoring a 70 in 100+ deliveries, or even a 100 in 120+ deliveries, may not win ODIs these days. I'm not mentioning about the 4th ODI which SL lost when they were chasing a modest 200+ total, but in general the average score in ODIs these days is much higher, so a top order batsman is supposed to score at a more decent rate. Moreover he doesn't bother taking any risk & lifting the tempo of the game even when it's badly needed, just remember the final of the WC2007 in which he took 40+ deliveries to reach his initial 18 runs. J'ya was going much better at the other end hitting 30+ inside 30 deliveries, yet S'kara didn't even bother rotatng the strike, thus killed the whole momentum of the run chase. Mahela may be comparatively more concerned regarding the end result, still very very inconsistent.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    @HLANGL, Two players alone can't make an impact when the rest of the team fail miserably. In the second half of their careers, Jayasuria and Aravinda had better support from the rest of the team to be aggressive and take command. So did most successful batsmen in the history of Cricket. That just not the case these days where Sri Lanka can be 190-3 and then all out for 220. For example, Mahela has an excellent record opening in ODIs but he is forced to play in the middle order. Why? It's because unlike Jayasuria, he has to shoulder the weight of the team rather than just being aggressive.

  • Cannuck on November 29, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    @ Lord.emsworth, thanks & u r right, sad days are already upon us! @ Roshini, bet U r referring to Sauth Paw's "recent "pas" comment that's making rounds on cyber space. @ Chandau, can't remember me ever agreeing with you here before, but there's always a first time mate... agree 200%. I hate when people blame pro-athletes for making money, when that is their job! As you rightly said we rather see the players make money than the "suits" and politicos! Just saw that Samaraweera was added to he SA squad (wait for it) by the sports minister. Guess who has to eat his own words "Thilan is not in our future plans"?

  • vallavarayar on November 29, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    ...and then we'll need to put the South African series behind us look forward to whatever tour that comes up, and then we'll put that too behind us successfully and smell dandelions and spout poetry.

  • HLANGL on November 29, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    For the most part, the current pathetic situation for SL has come with their batting. Some are simply not making runs at all, even the one who makes runs doesn't mind the influentiality of the runs he's making.S'kara is talking about the necessity of making 25 test hundreds to be a good batsman, 30 to be a great, 10,000 runs being the benchmark, etc.. What nonesense as long as he cannot impose his authority in the middle & take control of the situation of the game?.Mahela shuffles whenever the ball moves outside the offstump at a failry decent pace.Both these are more biased towards the runs, averages, but not on the impact they make on the end result which is the one ultimately matters.That's the one players like Richards, Gilchrist, J'ya, Saeed Anwar, Ponting at his peak, & Aravinda De Silva to a certain extent especially during the second half of career, had & that's why they brought many a victory to their respective countries.The current SL batting is lacking this whole dimension.

  • HLANGL on November 29, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    No matter what's being said or written, the reasons for this continued humiliation are pretty clear & I'm not at all surprised to see it. How many innings played by S'kara & Mahela could take control of the game, I mean not the runs made after eating up a plenty of deliveries thus letting the opposition to take control of the game ?. Where's the impact of the runs they make on the end result ?. S'kara is a throwback to the 80's where most batsmen used to eat up deliveries, & his consistency lies in fact that he doesn't take any risk at all even when it's badly needed. Both J'ya & De Silva were greater tallents who could counterattack & pass the pressure onto the other party whenever it's required. Dilshan is not a well polished material to launch the attack upfront on a continuous basis though he's done well during '08-'11.Why's Thilan Thushara not being picked instead of Lakmal or Welagedara ?.Why's Randiv picked over Ajantha Mendis ?. I can go on, but space here doesn't permit more.

  • dmqi on November 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    MJ, you can give all the explanation, and we fully understand it. Only thing I do not understand is why you and then Sanga both gave up captaincy. Captaincy is a tough job and the person must have some charisma which is missing in you presentr captain. Come back man or make Sanga the Captain. See, what Misbah did to Pak team.

  • Lord.emsworth on November 29, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Agree with Cannuck, except for the last sentance. Sad days are not ahead, they are already here! Of the last 4 Test series SL have played they have lost 3 and drawn 1. Todays SL are on par with emerging nations like Afghanistan, Kenya, Canada etc. Bangladesh, Zimb & Holland could easily beat this SL team. Pity, Cricket was the one sport SL were ever really good at and now this is gone too....

  • on November 29, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Selectors and the captain has to be more justice full to the players and the country. Which has to guide and arrange always for a countries victory, not individual's benefits.. . Thus should STOP acting for underhand priorities and influences. Guys, Let's stop elaborating on what happened. Past is always a lesson for the present and future . Lets whish and hope for the best in SA … Cheers !

  • chandau on November 29, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    1. SLC has to shouldd must pay the guys ASAP if they want to see a reversal of performance. it is easy for so many arm chair pundits to comment and blame the players for bad performance; instead what they should do is to imagine themselves in a simillar position. assuming all these people who comment work for a living, imagine working for ur company or organization for 6+ months without being paid. doubt u will do that !

    cricket is a game played by 15 guys on the squad. although 11 take the field others contribute from the sidelines, in the nets, during off time. they are the bread winners for SLC powers that be who chose to waste the hard earned money on white elephants. sponsoers do not pay millions of $$$ for the board officials or the selectors or the team management; they play based on the players, like mahela, sanga, malinga et al. people do not come to grounds or tune to radio or switch on tv to look at duleep mendis the selector or dharmadasa the SLC chairman.

  • Roshini on November 29, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    @Cannuk.,Let me say you an inspiration to me mate.Can't agree more with you on your analysis!!! Well more than being sarcastic I am only trying to be artistic in describing the current shambles in our game that has taken a nose dive since the WC final with no turn around in sight for years to come. With almost nothing left in our most passionately followed game, we Sri Lankans must feel exceptionally privileged and proud of our South Paw's exploits as you have rightly stated. When he was at his reflective best he gave the game a new dimension and now sitting up the commentary box the legend at his descriptive best is taking on the Oxford to a new dimension… What a legend..Don't we ordinary Sri Lankans get so excited to have him around? The only tried and tested Sri Lankan in the living memory to have had taken the inventors of the game and global language head-on… Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • Cannuck on November 28, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    @Roshini: Simply brilliant! Had me ROFL with your sarcasm. at this rate, I too might decide to put whole of SL cricket behind instead of each series!!! @Nishath Podakkudiyar: the reason he gets a column is because you & me keep reading, commenting no matter what he writes, which are all good hits for the site. However I wish like you, MJ could give a different perspective on the game as a player, instead of a repeat description of what happened, which we all know. As for coaching staff & SLC management, SL need to realize that just cause someone was a great player necessarily makes them a great coach (vise versa) Marvan may be superb bat, but Hathurusinghe was the better coach, who SL cricket got rid of. Same way Sana was a master blaster, but not a good commentator. The list goes on, including people like Duleep who needs to step aside. BUT this will never happen in SL, even with the SLC elections, we will continue to see same people rotated, with political backing! Sad days ahead!!!

  • Roshini on November 28, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Go Mahela Go...We are with you....Like you we also have learnt to put things firmly behind us but do remember to bring things to the front when we confront Zim and BD please. We wish you a pleasant Safari and once you guys are back give us some insights through this column as to how the boys so successfully managed to finish off every test before lunch on fourth day.

  • on November 28, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    we Sri Lankans like to see Pakistan wins too.but not against us.in last series SL was not the real SL.last time when Pak played in SL,results were the opposite.SL won tests 2-0,ODIs 3-2.both SL n Pak must develop their game to fight against the others.

  • on November 28, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Unity was not there with the team.by reading all those comments statements made by several people journalists we ordinary sri lankans can understand what z going on there..to get them back in to track we need good leadership to the SLC.then please remove Marven and Champaka from their roles.they just burring our team.Bring people who can work both seniors and juniors.Bring Waqar yonus as our assistant coach.TMD need to calm down as a captain first.He needs do develop his leadership qualities.then his bat.days will not always be yours.from the very 1st ball you cant hammer.just observe whatz going on.give good solid platform to the team.coaches should work with batting techniques of J Mendis,Methews and Chandimal specially.If Mendis plays as a batting allrounder at number 6,he must work very hard with his techniques.he looked like a U13 kid in front of Ajmal n company.If this going to be continued the same way for next few months we ll definitely stop watching SL play cricket.

  • KingOwl on November 28, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    To Suresh Duminda: Chandimal, 'the rising star'? What has he done so far? Nothing much. He needs to show some results soon. Chamara Silva hasn't done anything recently to show that he should be in the team. Paranawithana on the other hand is very solid. In fact, he is a far better player technically against quality fast bowling than Chandimal.

  • on November 28, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    i cant imagine the srilank team without sanga and mahelaaa......board should concentrate on proliferating young guns like what india did...the major worry for the the two countries named srilanka and west indies.. is financially weak.....thats why they are unable to do that...anyway....the pitches in southafrica not like continentalll.....so be very cautious about each delivery while batting..there is a lot of resp[onsible over sanga and mahela..go mem go sri lanlkaaaaaaaa

  • on November 28, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    someone please tell why does Mahela get a column? He is not Ed Smith or Cowan, they bring a different insight into the game, whereas Mahela purely JUST reports what happened on the field.

  • on November 28, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    other teams are rebuilding as well but the difference is the replacements deserve their place and are outprforming the older players. Our new place dont deservbe to be in the team but are given chance after chance without perfoming.

  • on November 28, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    pak is back in series btween pak vs ind .

  • on November 28, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    remove chamara silva from the squad as well as paranavithana from the test squad..and give a chance to the 'The rising star of the SL team' - Chandimal..don't destroy such a young talent by let him sit on the bench..

  • top_SPIN on November 28, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    Its not a matter of talent in ISLAND sri lanka, its a matter of how they manage it. Recently LARA 's said that some countries take average talented players and make them highly skilled players while some countries take highly talented players and make them lesser skilled players. This is true to some extend i guess, Sri lanka ve done very well since 1995, people who ve watched cricket know that. Problems lies in Talent management, and the winning formula. SL used the concept of lot of variations in balling attack few years back and now its not working, they used chasing what ever given in 90's . They must rethink of a simple formula to come up with what ever the talents they have got. spectators feel that SL team is out there searching for the key to open the door WIN, but other team has got a better strategy to get there before. SL lacks consistent batting at middle order, but still there are unorthodox bowlers, and players who can get use from PP, use them to find a new way out.

  • KarachiKid on November 28, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    All the best Mahela. We (Pakistanis) all love you and your team !!! And its not because we defeated you this time around, in fact after Pakistan, most of the Pakistanis for some reason support Sri Lanka.

  • Mid_Wicket on November 28, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    You are spot on 3rd_man. this fellow has said the same thing after England and Australia series n no doubt he'll repeat the same after the south african series. all in all every time he gives credits to the players of other sides. its hard to believe why this fellow doesn't know that pakistan, india, australia also play with so many new players. they too have no of new bowlers in their sides. btw plz keep an eye on your own averages in all forms of the game in South Africa Mahela !! its far below the expected.

  • on November 28, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    @Mohammad Ahmad, do you know who was the quickest in UAE? it's Dilhara frenando, who bowld 140 + all thei time and his fstest bowl 150kph in last T20, and Not Singale pakistan bowler bowled delivery above 143,

  • on November 28, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    A wonderful analysis. If this is taken in conjunction with Sanga's Cowdrey Lecture you get a clear over-all picture of what's wrong not just with our under-performing cricket team but with the malaise gripping this blessed isle. Most of us who comment are arm-chair pundits. What a lot of cricketing KNOWLEDGE Mahela displays! Yes, Mahela ought to take back the captaincy - unless he can persuade Sanga to take it. Note how tactful Mahela is about Dilshan - who can be a devastating batsman. But Dilshan doesn't deserve the captaincy. Or let's forget the moral aspect; how can he command respect? There was that match in which he was first out. Clearly out! And he opts to take the only DRS (T.V. review) available for the the team. Nine other batsmen deprived of it. Sack him 'cos he can no longer be EFFECTIVE as captain.

  • Hareendra on November 28, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    This is like watching a replay and Mahela keeps repeating like a parrot. If all we can do after every series is to forget about it and focus on what's coming up, then there really is no point in playing. We need to make changes based on logic. By logic, I mean performance and skill. If you drop your second best Test batsman (Samaraweera) and still find place for the likes of Paranawithana, then goodbye Sri Lanka, see you at the bottom of the rankings!

  • Lord.emsworth on November 28, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    @whip and all those who attack SL's record in their past have short memories or are not competent in cricketing matters. Look up Wikipedia and check SL cricket's statistics since they obtained full membership. They have won nearly everything there was/is to win and when not, have finished as runner-ups. All this in such a record short time! I criticize this CURRENT SL team and its selectors constantly in these forums for their present useless performances but I will never take away their excellent past record. It was a great run......

  • SanasDoha on November 28, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    As far as considering the batting lineup Srilanka, i prefer Dilshan should be dropped in the order from opening to No. 5. Mahela can take up the job for facing the new ball. So Dilshan will get time to think about his shots and this will help Lanka to make a good total n the board.

  • on November 28, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @Whip, ' The truth is you should not even have gone to the final in the World Cup 2011'

    The fact is that we did reach the ODI WC finals in 2011 and 2007 as well as winning it in 1996. So the fact is that we have performed extremely well for a relative new full member which is not what can be said about most. For example when did England (birth nation of Cricket) last reached a ODI WC final ... 1992.

  • 3rd_man on November 28, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    this is what this guy have to say! even after England and Australia series, he wrote same thing.. I can guarantee this guy will say same thing after SA tour.

  • Kristy on November 28, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Why don't you guys discuss and put Sangakkata back as Captain. Captaincy is just not batting, bowling, filed changes, bowling changes, selecting players. He should have good outfit and speaking abilities.. Captain is the one who represent team.. who talk in public,,, so captain should be some one who look like a captain.. talk like a captain.

    agree with some one comment here.. Sri Lanka only beat NZ and ENG in World cup.. against Aussi almost lost.. and against Pakistan lost..

  • Pablo123 on November 28, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Goona be a tough series for SL in SA. SA are relentless anywhere they play, but at home, almost unbeatable.

  • Ignatiuscric on November 28, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    How many series to put behind Mahe, Australia Series and now the Pak series. Start to ask questions before SA series before ppl question your presence in the middle which is not inspiring either to the youngsters. Wish you good luck and to the team, but dont put things behind but ponder on how to take things forward from what you have fallen behind. Cheers

  • mrgupta on November 28, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    I think the problem with SL started as soon as Murli and Vass bid adieu and Malinga retired from Tests. The problems were there to be seen during the World Cup too but were ignored as SL reached the finals. Nobody seems to have noticed that out of all top teams SL only defeated England and NZ and when they came up against better teams like India and Pak they lost. Pakistan on the other hand, despite their limited options did exceptionally well and reached Semi's defeating teams like SL, Aus who were better ranked than them. Problems are still there and its disappointing to see that a senior like Mahela choosing to forget the series even though its a 3rd straight sweep of SL (lost all 3 Test and ODI series) since World Cup. I was surprised to see them loosing both Tests and ODIs even at home.

  • rohan024 on November 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    i think SLankans fans should be quite proud of what SL has achieved in cricket..It's one team that gets into the final of most ICC championships..However, problem is in test matches and though Sangakarra is a great batsman, most others Slankans including Mahela are flat track bullies..Their young batsmen should frequently play county cricket or emerging teams tournament in Australia etc..

  • on November 28, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    forget the format and rules... our team is terrible.. jus wrk on it..

  • on November 28, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    because next series ur performance gonna be worse than this 100%

  • ssduk on November 28, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @ Whip, Sri Lanka is facing internal problem which they can sort out quickly if SLC gives full authority. Nothing to do with players. Mahela is a class player he can play well in big occasions than any other players in the world. Im petty sure he will play well in SA like he did in last time scored 6 fifties In SA. Unlike other teams Sri Lanka is fully depend on his batting and he is having hard time at the crease coz no one is there to bat after him. There are good enough players in Sri Lanka but SLC not giving them chances. Sri Lankan cricket never dies as we are always producing naturally talented players.... will talk about this after this SA tour...!!!

  • goldeneye075 on November 28, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    srilankan cricketers need to go back and need to discover why they were sucessfull in the past ? It was the brand of cricket they played !!! They played attacking cricket and took the attack to the opersition ... played with fire .. played dazzling cricket ... which every one loved at watching... The current team has lost it !!!!!! need to think and need to go back to the old ways of doing if needed to sucessed. No point pondering in the dark that they lost Murrali, and guys like Sanath recently, cricketers of that caliber and class comes only for once in our life times ... they are greats ... crickets like that dont come often,, we were lucky to have them, but now they are gone.. gone for good... Need to get back to the fighting ways that we palyed cricket in the past. Good luck for the SA tour.. like to see some attacking cricket.. agressive stuff guys ;-)

  • on November 28, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    I think that the selection was not very good for the Pak series. Half fit peoplle like Mathews cant win games. Ajantha Mendis will have to take the responsibility now.Dilshan is completely out of sorts and Fernando and Malinga. Have been quite predictable. Srilanka didn't seem to be showing heart. Mahela I know its tough for you to admit but reality is that players are not happy with your board

  • cric_freak88 on November 28, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    more than the batting , SL bowling is worry , especially the fast bowlers .. not good enough talent coming thru !

  • Whip on November 28, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka was admitted as a full member barely a couple of decades ago. On the back of the dream run a few unconventional cricketers, it fared reasonably until recently. But that's as much a small country with limited talent can aspire to do. The truth is you should not even have gone to the final in the World Cup 2011; now England, Australia, and Pakistan have rightly put you in your place. Stop whining, Mahela, for you are not Punter, Lara, Dravid, nor Tendulkar, and your team is going to lose everything in South Africa.

  • hifayas on November 27, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    I really love watching u guyz the great Mahela and Sanga combination batting. I remember the two days u both scored 600+ partnership against the same SA team. go SL, v'll do it again!!! I'v no doubt abt it. I'v never come to think about the other great batsmen like Sachin or ...err cliche!!, whenever i had a bat in my hand in the middle, I really try to feel like a 'MAHELA'. the elegant and the class!!! u r one of some great elegant stroke makers, the cricket's ever seen!!! I can watch a full day, u r driving through extra cover....

  • Harmony111 on November 27, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    SL's level have come down a lot since the WC final. They need to start looking carefully at a few things. MJ and KS are 35 each and won't be there for too long. Murali is gone now and without him, their bowling looks weak, esp in tests. I hope SL are able to resurrect themselves. The game already has a small group of nations playing it, we can't afford to see this kind of decline. On the other hand, Pakistan have surprised many. They reached the WC final and have now beaten SL in test as well as ODIs. While their batting is not all that strong, they seem to have a bowling attack for all surfaces. Afridi has come up as a real strike bowler in the last 18 months or so. Gul is another world class bowler. I wish we could see Ind-Pak playing at some point in the future but for the geo-politics. Sigh.

  • on November 27, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    If we want to rebuild, then lets leave mahela & sanga too, thy r gna leave in 1 or 2 year anyway. then we will hv to rebuild again. so better do it now. keep dilshan as opener. leave all those flop players like dilhara,silva,taranga. get anjelo as cap. chandi as his deputy,make a brand new team, let the play 2 years no matter what, then we can think of a future i guess

  • on November 27, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I think Srilanka need players like Aravinda and Sannath in batting department and bowlers like Vaas and Murli. Mahela and the rest have almost never dominated the opposition as Aravinda and Sannath. Leave Dilshan aside and you are left with a team which cannot dominate good bowling attacks. Sangakara is a great batsman and leader but Srilanka needs some game changers like Afridi, Sehwag, Watson etc Unfortunately bowling has also not been good. They need quality spinners and atleast one good fast bolwer who can swing the ball both ways at 140 km not at 120+. I like Srilankan team and I hope they become the dynamic team that they once were. Currently they are a bit boring. I am a big fan and want to see the flare that was associated with Srilanka. Peace

  • maddy20 on November 27, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    "We need to put the Pakistan series behind us" and the Austriala series and the England series and the tour of India and soon the tour of SA. The current batch of youngsters is not doing the job for SL. Give them another chance and if they fail again, look beyond them!

  • Nathan_123 on November 27, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    There you go again. Yesterday one ex cricketer talking about persisting with youngsters, he himself played until the age of 41, and denied so many youngsters careers. Now Mahela talking again and again putting the series behind us. This talk is getting too cheap and does not address the real issue. We all agree SL got few youngsters. Please tell me which country does not have youngsters? And why the Srilankan's youngsters like Chandimal, Mendis, Matthew and others won't perform like Shaun Marsh, Philander, Kolli, Ashwin etc? I believe the answer the lie in the Srilanka's domestic cricket set up. I don't believe the 1st Class and other youth set up in Srilanka competitive enough to prepare and produce talented future cricketers. Until SL tackles this issue Srilanka cricket will continue to decline.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 27, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    SRILANKA are commiting a crime by not selecting Smaraveera. He always scored heavily against pakistan and it was that thin late middle order that deserted them each and every time. Sure Chandimal looks good but then there is no other. Dilshan is surely suffering and that is obvious in his batting. Angelo is an other culprit. He is just off or may be he isn't that great stuf.

  • on November 27, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I would be very surprised if they even win a single game in South Africa, including the tour games.

  • on November 27, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Putting the series behind you won't help my friend !! Cause you will reproduce it again in South Africa. The main facts are that some are going through a lean patch thus should be dropped and bring Sanath as a batting consultant because you need to attack as a batting unit or we will leap to our pre 1996 era where only our fielding could hold against the others.... And for you Mahela, you must be more smart by picking a single for every ball !!! Yes every ball because you have no confidence to hit boundaries. Best of luck

  • Raj2000 on November 27, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Come on Mahela, it's not Pakistan's great bowling that let SL down, it's SL's top and middle order, apart from Sanga that didn't perform. NONE of the top class batsman (yourself included) didn't perform as well as you should have. I'm not taking anything away from the Pakistan but let's face it, you guys didn't put up a good resistance in the tests or the ODI's. Man up - admit the truth...it's not Pakistan's great bowling that did you in, it's your under par performance as a batsman that let you guys down. There's no point in saying "oh we have lot's of inexperienced youngsters" when the truth is SL's batting line up wasn't doing what it's capable of doing.

    That said, learn from Pakistan series and do better in SA. Good luck!

  • kitten on November 27, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    'Also one needs to realise whether Dilshan is the best bet for the captaincy ? I think SL is loosing the batsman in him. Given all this talk about youngsters is it not better for Mahela to get back the reins and guide SL cricket through this difficult period. I dont see anybody better than that for the job'. I totally agree with these comments. If Mahela can take over for a period of 6 months or so, that will give a few youngsters a chance to develop, and also Dilshan will, hopefully, regain some of his lost form with the bat. I personally, don't think he is cut our for captaincy. Maybe, Mathews, can be given a shot at it, but after Mahela has steadied the ship.

  • LivingDead on November 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    does he give anything but excuses?

  • Stark62 on November 27, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I think SL might actually do quite well in SA because they've already lost to Pak and Aus hence, they might go there thinking "We have nothing to lose" and play fearless cricket.

  • Deepfreezed on November 27, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Yes, then find a way to get out of the SA tour. Only carnage waits in SA. Maybe the SLC can organize a U-19 tour instead of this carnage that is about to happen.

  • bill-iqbal on November 27, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    There is no question in my mind that Sri Lanka is a great team. These guys will bounce back. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. Whats noteworthy is that this team has not gotten paid in almost 6 months. Still....they have remained dignified and played on...for team and country. That says a lot about their character.

  • on November 27, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    mahela, instead of commenting on others, you should self-evaluate your own performance.

  • Lion_96 on November 27, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    wht i notice is alotta positive talk at the start of the series, and then when we lose it in the end, we talk about the "positives" and "putting this series behind:". this talk of putting series behind them is getting to familar. it happened in against england, australia and now pakistan. mahela is just passing his time by saying useless things. time to keep quite, and stop the positive talk at the start of the series and then saying putting the series behind them. im afraid we will see alot more of these articles in the near future. our batsmen keep making the same mistake over and over again. and when are we goin to blood more new batsmen?? we only have mathews and chandimal. lets see how the south african series goes. but i beleive it will be a slaughter and cud well be dilshan's last series as captain.

  • on November 27, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Well Mahela has been writing articles since the England tour saying the same thing every time , '' we need to put this behind us..'' , and Sri lanka is steadily losing every series they play in. Do something about the batting collapses that seem to be as consistent as the current Pakistan outfit and things might just start to turn around for us. Looking forward for the South African tour.

  • priceless1 on November 27, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    is Dilhara Playing in the SA series ? LOL

  • on November 27, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Well the difference between the two sides was the superior bowling attack of Pakistan. In the the 4th ODI knowingly their capabilities,It is surprising why Mahela had two minds about attacking or not.He could have just stayed and accumulated with singles.What an inning from Misbah ul Haq in the last ODI.He has taken the Pakistan team to a new direction.

  • Sinhaya on November 27, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Mahela please ensure that the runs per over is at least 3 or more per over! It was way to boring to watch Lankans bat slowly in the tests in UAE. If you continue like this in SA, it is disastrous as South Africans will come very hard

  • dicky_boy on November 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Srilanka lost to a worthless team , it was good when we beat them in the final But seriously Pakistan just won with srilanka , newzealmd and Westindies That's all nothing more , still they lack quality players , they will be whitewashed with England,sa,aus and India India just had a bad series in England due to injuries , but even our b team can beat Pakistan I guess

  • trickec on November 27, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    I think we may just beat Australia's total of 47...

  • on November 27, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    stop talking and start performing..cant look at any matches the way u people have performede very pathetically..

  • on November 27, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    if mahela is not there, then nothing watch.hope mahela will be fit for south african ttourr

  • Rakim on November 27, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Good luck SL from a Pak fan. You guys are a bunch of good player. I mean on the paper Saga, Mahela, Dilshan and Malinga. Magic quartet. Good luck against SA :)

  • Anwaar-Sandhu on November 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    best wishes for SA tour, its gonna be really tough. experienced men will have to perform especially big three (sanga, mahela, dilshan) in tests in order to save srilankan cricket from ultimate embarasment.... give confidence to young faster bowlers, they will have supportive conditions, just need to get their tails up and be confident. malinga may have been helpful on this tour but he has some other priorities.... if he was sincere to srilankan cricket, he shouldnt have retired completely and asked for occassional selection like this coming up series while being dropped from most other series, but anyways, best wishes for srilankan cricket, you still have batsmen who can perform against that bowling lineup. u r rifght mahela, forget this series n concentrate on whats coming. best wishes from PAKISTAN

  • on November 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Yep! and then comes the SA tour, which will be another 'We need to put the SA series behind us' :P

  • Sinhaya on November 27, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Mahela, the issue is that after you are dismissed in ODIs, no one to bat on for Lanka. Please score at 3 to 4 runs per over in test cricket for god sake! It was utterly boring to watch the UAE series with Lankan scoring at mere 2.5 per over. Remember fast scoring in tests is a must for a win.

  • on November 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Nothing like an in depth analysis by the pros themselves :)

  • getsetgopk on November 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Finally someone giving credit and acknowleding that Pakistan do have a strong bowling attack that is always relentless be it Hafeez, Cheema, Gul, Afridi or be it Ajmal all of them are attacking bowlers in the true sense of the word and you need to be in the form of your life to survive them and do better than par against them. Having said that, I think Sri Lanka did whatever they could under the captaincy of TM. Dilshan, Sanga played out of his skin to make a difference but in the end its just asking too much of one man against a rare lethal bowling attack.

  • aks1812 on November 27, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Tought times for srilanka who clearly at the moment dont have as gifted players(except sanga and jaya) as they used to have. But the disappointing part is that their planning has also been poor and has reflected that they are really short of confidence. For example it has been observed in the past that if you dont take that additonal risk to put off afridi, he can settle into a very good rhythm and become extremely lethal.The Indians have been doing this very successfully over the years because of which he does not have a good record against them.Lastly if they are going to play 5 bowlers then they really need to groom thisara perrera as a propoer batsmen , similar to what they did with mathews.He has got the talent, probably pushing him up the order in some easy ODIS or in domestic circuit can help.

  • Ahsan_Shere on November 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Really optimistic comments!!!! You can't justify thus, senior players should be dropped except Sanga

  • mits6 on November 27, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Well i m not happy with SL performance and application in the just concluded series , it was below their standard

  • on November 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    So Mahela, are you really alright with taking orders from a clearly blind board that even isn't paying you your well deserved money. Isn't it about time you and your fellow players have the guts to stand up to the people holding SL cricket back. Stop being diplomatic and thinking you must work with what you got. Why aren't you opening the batting when your average is bradmanesque as an opener instead of Upul Thanranga who just hogs the strike and notches up runs in a somewhat selfish manner? Sri Lanka seems to be filled with talent, but it seems the people within in it handle it horrendously to be honest with you. From Austalia

  • RandyOZ on November 27, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Mahela will be "putting every series behind him" for a long time. This is not the answer to SL's woes. Address the problem properly and you will see a quick turn around ala Oz. Political interference is just making the revenues smaller and smaller.

  • stormy16 on November 27, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Its the same story three series in a row!! Unfortunately the toughest of them all is SA away and expect a thorough thrashing unless SL are able to do something different. Having faith in experienced players is great but when they keep failing series after series where do you go from there?The younger players are not really doing much to have faith in them either. Its a nightmare situation for SL and its only going to get scarier against SA in their conditions.

  • kothumalli11 on November 27, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Hi Mahela, Very good article.In advance I'll tell you this, afer getting thrashed from SA we have to put SA tour behind as well and focus on the next series.When we gonna see an aricle where you really pointing out the facts and admitting we are not good enough compared to other teams?

  • on November 27, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    From Pakistan, but a huge fan of yours Mahela. Can't wait to see you hit your best form, love watching you bat at your best.

  • on November 27, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Mahela, I am a Pakistani and after Pakistan team, Sri Lanka is my favorite team. It hurts me to see you guys crumble down so easily. Regardless of the points you made about a young team and giving them time, there has to be a flair, a passion and an urge to fight until the last ball is bowled. I saw that only in the T20I. I hope you give South Africans a nightmare on their own soil. I know you guys have it, all you need is one big bold step, which you have to decide how and where it should be taken.

  • zee4far on November 27, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Now this is a great and wonderfully written article... Great Batsman talking the realities... Accepted own mistakes.. Gave the credit to opposition where due, not just lame excuses like Dilshan we have been seeing through out the series.... In the end.. Great Batsman.. Great Personality and best wishes for him and SL cricket... Pak RoXX...

  • Lord.emsworth on November 27, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Hi Mahela.. Yes you need to put the Pakistan series behind you AND the Australian series at home AND the England tour this year AND the last West Indies tour in SL. Results? Lost, Lost, Lost, and drawn..You are in denial my good man and so is the whole SL cricketing establishment...Just admit SL isn't good enough anymore!

  • WeeBee on November 27, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Althogh i am a Pakistani Fan , But SriLanks was always been one of my favourite teams including Mahela in one of top batsmen they got. During This UAE series , i think there was not only one moment when i could say that SriLanka is not up to the mark , they tried tried tried but failed. Yes Mahela, Forget Pakistan for the moment and Lets Target South Africa. Well the reasons Mahela mentioned were reasonable. And this is game , all ups and downs are waiting for you. But i should also highlight the performance by Pakistani team , they performed regardless all the controversies and stories they are facing these days ... Get Well Soon Mahela and Good Luck for South Africa.

  • on November 27, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    we hope our team will be do better in SA.best of luck..Hahela

  • on November 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    We fans have alrady decided to put behind South African Series as well after CWC, England Tour, Australian Tour and this.

  • on November 27, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    there are few suggestions from me upul tharanga should be given a go for southafrica series and mahela udawatte should be taken for odi's

  • on November 27, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    i dont think its a right decision from the icc to fix the batting poweplay in between 36-40 overs.ths has to some extent finished the charm and suspense of the game,and thats the reason we see teams are not scoring too much score in this poweplay because during this PP batsman alaways think to save his wkt because of the remaining 10 overs.you cnt take too much risk in this scenerio if there is already 3 or 4 wkts down.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Sanga has a solid technique & why he has to play the half shot again n again which is very ineffective, chandimal has got a new bat lift which looks very uncomfortable for him & i dont think it's suitable for his batting style, we would like to see chandimal bat like the way he did in the CLT20. Jeewan has improved his bowling but need to work on his technique to be better on defense & needs to play proper cricketing shots more than the innovations. Was impressed to see tharanga attacking the ball more in the last two odi's n t2o, thats good sign for future, SL attacked the pakistan bowlingint eh first 10 overs & the pakistanis had no clue where to bowl, now thats the way we should have attacked in the odi's & pak bowlers kept changing their length in the T20 & they didnt bowl to their usual back of the length. Whn you atatck the bowling the bowlers wont bowl the same length n line, we were very defensive against ajmal & made him a superstar in this series.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    AUs in WI dominated world cricket because they had 11 players who could perform equal to 15, they had 11 match winners rather than like SL who depended on 4 players to perform everytime to win a match. what does the coach do, i can see the same mistakes & the same old performance from our players, what about taking our players to the next level, we are yet to win a test match in SA/AUS/IND, without muralitharan, we are like minnows, where is the belief. Does the coaching staff has a record of each players skills improvement, Dilshara has played 142 odi, well i wont agree, i would say he played 1 ODI 142 times. We have a batting coach for years now but still i cud see tharanga's technical faults for years & it's repeating. Sangakkara played his half shots throughout the ODI series & the T20 found wanting, he played that half shot in the 1st & the 3rd odi & t20 & there is no signs of stopping.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    well said pakistan deserved to win

  • longlivewoodoo on November 27, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    After some time , u will say that keep SA series behind !!

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    sorry mahela.. with all due respect I'd much rather you spoke from the bat and not from the pen. I didn't even read the article this is just a personal opinion.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    this is my odi batting order in the future 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Upul Tharanga 4. Sangakkara 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7. Jeewan 8. Thisara 9. Randiv 10. Eranga 11. Malinga

    would like to see sachithra senanayake replacing randiv in the future. I dont want to see Chamara Silva, kapugedara & dilhara fernando anyway near the sl team, they've being inconsistent throughout their career & there is no signs of improvement, the selectors shud be ruthless, they should inform these 3 players to be consistent & to work harder on their technique & mental fitness. Fernando showed his stupidity in the 2nd spell of the T20 match. though surprisingly he was among the wickets, he's a sort of player with "no brains". i wonder whether our think tank address the issues of weakness & mistakes, do we lern from our mistakes , well honestly i cant see that happening as we commit same again n again.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Sangakkara's real slow innings consumed lots of balls n we cud have reached 150 at the 30th over if sanga had scored at a rate of 75% strike rate. the ball became older n afridi n ajmal showed their usual brilliance n we lost 7 wickets for 22 runs. had sanga a much more attacking innings, we would have won the match in the 40th over with still the ball is new n shine & difficult to spin. We never took the quick singles & we never rotated the strike to get rid of the pressure, also running between the wickets were too slow, inclusion of chamara silva made no sense. PAk had a captain whose inspirational, calm, cool & made all the right decisions & brought the best out of the players, we had a terrible captain who did nothing but stood their & was looking all the comedy of errors happening. Mahela averages 61.80 as an opener & the think tank was happy to see him struggling in the middle order & happy to see our top order crumbling.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Credit is due to Pakistan but as Mahela said our team didn't click together well in UAE. As a unit Sri Lanka looks weak at the moment. What is more frustrating to see is the change of attitude. In the tests and the ODI's, batting especially seemed overly cautious and void of confidence. Comparatively to tests that took place in South Africa and India recently, our teams performance and attitude feels lackluster. Well ... whats done is done. Hope Mahela gets better and Sri Lanka put up a good show in South Africa.

  • landl47 on November 27, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Unfortunately, Sri Lanka are a side in decline. They've lost their main weapon, Murali, and Malinga is now only playing shorter format games. Their world-class batsmen are in their mid-thirties and the new players don't seem to be of the same standard. They haven't had a win in their last 14 tests and have lost successive ODI series to England, Australia and Pakistan. It's hard to see them doing well for the next few years until a new crop of players comes along. I hope their fans will be patient and remember the good times; Sri Lanka is a cricket-mad nation and their turn will come again.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    At the beginning of the series itself i mentioned in my facebook status, sl will lose if mahela doesnt open, also our batting was too defensive, the batting order was just no sense, chandimal needs some time to get use to the new ball esp. with two new balls, that was a bad move, dilshan didnt respect the opposotion attack, tharanga's lethargic approach always creates pressure on the top order, dilshan's defensive tacticc while bowling was frustrating to watch, in the 4th odi at one stage pak were 109/6 in the 30 th over, we have only 4 players in the 30 yard circle & the new batsmen takes a very easy single, that defensive field caused partner ship 77 for the 8th wicket between afridi n ajmal. very poor cricket, we never read ajmal's doosra, well if its back of the palm. it's a doosra, pity we couldnt read that. Sangakkara was super defensive in the entire ODI series, that led to our defeat in many matches, in the 4th odi at one stage he scored 37 runs of 86 balls, thats terrible.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    well, that tour was horrible rather disastrous for the Lankans. They lost in all the formats to dashing Pakistan. I mean, they have to now rebuild their team for future tours especially for the important one like South Africa. Lankans cannot only rely on Sangakkara, Dilshan and Jayawardene all the time... Youngsters must also know their responsibility. Young and Talented blood must be brought in the Lankan side.

  • rahulcricket007 on November 27, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    HMMM . MAHELA YOU SAID IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH THAT OUR BATTING FAILED ON FAMILIAR TRACKS BECAUSE WE WERE FACING A GOOD BOWLING ATTACK , IN SA YOU WILL FACE AN EVEN BETTER ATTACK THAN PAK ON GREEN BOUNCY PITCHES .OK THE TESTS VENUES ARE CENTURION , DURBAN , AND CAPETOWN . I CAN SENSE THRASHING DEFEAT ON DURBAN & CAPETOWN .

  • CRIC89 on November 27, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    They put lost of series bihind them for nothing.........................................

  • on November 27, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    and also the Australian Series, England series & WC Final, we have never won after world cup

  • on November 27, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    go sri lanka..forget about UAE..go and do well in south africa..i have a feeling sri lanka will rise in south africa..go sri lanka..we are waiting......yes....lions will roar agian..we love our team.....sri lanka are the best...............beware

  • on November 27, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It's always good to move on and put things behind and look forward.However, it's better if lessons are learnt in this process. Which does not seem to be the case. There are huge issues in our middle order though much is talked about the inexperienced bowling attack !One needs to put these into perspective and see whether we r selecting the right combination. Leaving Tilan Sam. out of the side is beyond any explanation. If u r saying Mathews is still learning his trade there should be some one to show him the way who else wud be better than a batsman who places lot of value for his wicket.Also one needs to realise whether Dilshan is the best bet for the captaincy ? I think SL is loosing the batsman in him.

    Given all this talk about youngsters is it not better for Mahela to get back the reins and guide SL cricket through this difficult period. I dont see anybody better than that for the job.

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  • on November 27, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It's always good to move on and put things behind and look forward.However, it's better if lessons are learnt in this process. Which does not seem to be the case. There are huge issues in our middle order though much is talked about the inexperienced bowling attack !One needs to put these into perspective and see whether we r selecting the right combination. Leaving Tilan Sam. out of the side is beyond any explanation. If u r saying Mathews is still learning his trade there should be some one to show him the way who else wud be better than a batsman who places lot of value for his wicket.Also one needs to realise whether Dilshan is the best bet for the captaincy ? I think SL is loosing the batsman in him.

    Given all this talk about youngsters is it not better for Mahela to get back the reins and guide SL cricket through this difficult period. I dont see anybody better than that for the job.

  • on November 27, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    go sri lanka..forget about UAE..go and do well in south africa..i have a feeling sri lanka will rise in south africa..go sri lanka..we are waiting......yes....lions will roar agian..we love our team.....sri lanka are the best...............beware

  • on November 27, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    and also the Australian Series, England series & WC Final, we have never won after world cup

  • CRIC89 on November 27, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    They put lost of series bihind them for nothing.........................................

  • rahulcricket007 on November 27, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    HMMM . MAHELA YOU SAID IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH THAT OUR BATTING FAILED ON FAMILIAR TRACKS BECAUSE WE WERE FACING A GOOD BOWLING ATTACK , IN SA YOU WILL FACE AN EVEN BETTER ATTACK THAN PAK ON GREEN BOUNCY PITCHES .OK THE TESTS VENUES ARE CENTURION , DURBAN , AND CAPETOWN . I CAN SENSE THRASHING DEFEAT ON DURBAN & CAPETOWN .

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    well, that tour was horrible rather disastrous for the Lankans. They lost in all the formats to dashing Pakistan. I mean, they have to now rebuild their team for future tours especially for the important one like South Africa. Lankans cannot only rely on Sangakkara, Dilshan and Jayawardene all the time... Youngsters must also know their responsibility. Young and Talented blood must be brought in the Lankan side.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    At the beginning of the series itself i mentioned in my facebook status, sl will lose if mahela doesnt open, also our batting was too defensive, the batting order was just no sense, chandimal needs some time to get use to the new ball esp. with two new balls, that was a bad move, dilshan didnt respect the opposotion attack, tharanga's lethargic approach always creates pressure on the top order, dilshan's defensive tacticc while bowling was frustrating to watch, in the 4th odi at one stage pak were 109/6 in the 30 th over, we have only 4 players in the 30 yard circle & the new batsmen takes a very easy single, that defensive field caused partner ship 77 for the 8th wicket between afridi n ajmal. very poor cricket, we never read ajmal's doosra, well if its back of the palm. it's a doosra, pity we couldnt read that. Sangakkara was super defensive in the entire ODI series, that led to our defeat in many matches, in the 4th odi at one stage he scored 37 runs of 86 balls, thats terrible.

  • landl47 on November 27, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Unfortunately, Sri Lanka are a side in decline. They've lost their main weapon, Murali, and Malinga is now only playing shorter format games. Their world-class batsmen are in their mid-thirties and the new players don't seem to be of the same standard. They haven't had a win in their last 14 tests and have lost successive ODI series to England, Australia and Pakistan. It's hard to see them doing well for the next few years until a new crop of players comes along. I hope their fans will be patient and remember the good times; Sri Lanka is a cricket-mad nation and their turn will come again.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Credit is due to Pakistan but as Mahela said our team didn't click together well in UAE. As a unit Sri Lanka looks weak at the moment. What is more frustrating to see is the change of attitude. In the tests and the ODI's, batting especially seemed overly cautious and void of confidence. Comparatively to tests that took place in South Africa and India recently, our teams performance and attitude feels lackluster. Well ... whats done is done. Hope Mahela gets better and Sri Lanka put up a good show in South Africa.

  • on November 27, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Sangakkara's real slow innings consumed lots of balls n we cud have reached 150 at the 30th over if sanga had scored at a rate of 75% strike rate. the ball became older n afridi n ajmal showed their usual brilliance n we lost 7 wickets for 22 runs. had sanga a much more attacking innings, we would have won the match in the 40th over with still the ball is new n shine & difficult to spin. We never took the quick singles & we never rotated the strike to get rid of the pressure, also running between the wickets were too slow, inclusion of chamara silva made no sense. PAk had a captain whose inspirational, calm, cool & made all the right decisions & brought the best out of the players, we had a terrible captain who did nothing but stood their & was looking all the comedy of errors happening. Mahela averages 61.80 as an opener & the think tank was happy to see him struggling in the middle order & happy to see our top order crumbling.