Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah November 21, 2011

Batsmen failed to take responsibility - Dilshan


Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has criticised his batsmen's inability to take ownership of a modest chase during the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah, a defeat that cost them the five-match series. Chasing 201, Sri Lanka were on course to level the series at 155 for 3 before they collapsed, losing seven wickets for 19 runs.

"It's unbelievable to lose seven wickets for 20 odd runs," Dilshan said. "[Shahid] Afridi batted and bowled well, but it was really disappointing to lose from a winning position. We were in a good position but we relaxed and no one took the responsibility. As a batting unit we should have finished the game.

"As a captain I can't do anything to change the players' game. As a team unit we have to take responsibility."

Since the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lanka have lost Test and ODI series to England, Australia and Pakistan. Dilshan, however, said he didn't think his leadership would come under scrutiny.

"I don't know what their [Sri Lanka Cricket] views are but I was appointed captain until the South Africa series [in December] so I didn't think [about being removed] but lets see how things goes on."

Dilshan also called for the younger players in his side to take the opportunities they're being given. "We are giving opportunities to the young players and they have to grab them. But at this point they aren't and are throwing their wickets sometimes. They have to learn and show that they are ready for international cricket."

Sri Lanka have already lost the one-day series to Pakistan 1-3 with a match to go in Abu Dhabi, followed by a Twenty20 international on November 25. "We have to finish the series in a strong manner," Dilshan said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • viran on November 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Mahela and sanga needs t retire and let young players into the team

  • Ranga on November 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and switching to women's cricket. May be we should institute women's team as the national team.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    well as a Pakistani i advise srilanka to change their Captain. its not an easy job to do as it requires great patience and tactics, as far as dilshan is concerned he is just aggressive and that just not helps. Sanga should take captaincy again as mahela is also struggling for form and confidence. Sanga is the right choice for me as a captain.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket board, can you see what people think and believe in SL Cricket?From all over the world people want to see our team doing well...They love our players and can't you'll do any damn thing to make this issue solved???For GOD sake people...Don't blame players only, the officers also must take the blame...Loosing matches are fine as long as this don't continue.We have our ups and downs, but now our team is not going down with the winning ability.There is something bad and serious going on with our team and officials.We love our players a lot even if they don't win matches, but this is something more than loosing a match....

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    From body language it seems the players are not happy under dilshan. Certainly Matthews is a talented cricketer but isnt playing to anything like his potential. The test bowling line up is weak but the odi one is a very good attack.

    The Pakistani bowling line up is probably up there with the best in odi's and so would trouble most opponents - therefore no shame in getting out. However the weakeness seams an over reliance by the lankans on sanga and jaya and dilshan. it seems one of these three has to go on to make a century for them to post a big total. Players like matthews who are extremely talented need to come to the party.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    sanga or mahela should captn the side.they have good 3,4 years left.and mathiwes want to take more respnsblty than this.he is a good player can lead the team but want practice under mahela or sanga.

  • Faisal on November 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and as such, naturally, support my team. But my second favorite team is always Sri Lanka. I have this to say to my Sri Lankan brothers: please accept the fact that Dilshan doesn't have what it takes to be a good captain - you can see that in his body language and facial expressions if you're a keen observer of non-verbal communication. Either Mahela or Sangakkara must step up and take responsibility; its not enough to keep contributing as a player; when you can see your team has a leadership crisis, you must raise your hand if you have the capability.

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    We've seen in the past how teams without efficient captains can do nothing proper, having said that we don't have an option either, Angelo Mathews more worried about keeping his place in the side, being wise captain that is, Mahela and Sanga don't want to the job anymore, Tharanga doesn't play tests, Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis have no assurance of playing continually since their form has been very patchy, if so we have only the bowlers and except for Malinga no other plays in the team regularly that leaves us with Dilshan and try some more new talent out in the South African tour. guys like Banuka, kithruwan Vithanage, Chathura Peiris and hope for the best we need to follow what India did after the 2007 world cup that was crisis for them

  • Raneesh on November 22, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera should be seriously considered to strengthen the middle order even in the ODI at least for the SA tour. Thilan may be aging. So is Misbah-ul-Haq. Thilan may be a single dimensional batsman. So is Misbah. Both of them have many similarities. But Misbah's presents in the middle order is helping the team to hold one end most of the times.

    According to the new ODI rules is would be more effective to go with 7-4 combination than 6-5. The remaining 10 overs have to be managed with part timers.

    My ODI batting line up for SA series is;

    1. Upul Tharanga, 2. TM Dilshan, 3. DInesh Chandimal, 4. Kumar Sangakkara (W), 5. Mahela Jayawardhana (C), 6. Thilan Samaraweera, 7. Angelo Mathews/Tishara Perera 8. Sikkuge Prasanna/Jeewan Mendis 9. Lasith Malinga/Dilhara Fernando 10. Ajantha Mendis/ Suraj Ravdiv 11. Nuwan Kulasekara

  • Raneesh on November 22, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    But in this critical phase of the SL cricket, Mahela should be appointed as the captain until we groom a youngster. Mahela is only 34 and he has got good 3 or 4 years of international cricket ahead of him. During the past he has proven that he can be a successful leader and even at the IPL he has shown great skills and enthusiasm as a captain. He has got one of the most intelligent and tactical cricketing brains in and off the field. Therefore, right now, Mahela should accept the leadership, if he is been offered. Sanga is not a natural captain. He is similar to Aravida De Silva who lead the SL batting during his time. Sanga and Dilshan should be allowed to concentrate on their batting. Dinesh Chandimal should be given the responsibility of keeping the wicket, gradually. But he is a better fielder than Sanga.

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