Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi

Back to the drawing board for Dilshan

Umar Farooq

November 23, 2011

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Aizaz Cheema dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah, November 20, 2011
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Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has asked his batsmen to take responsibility and arrest their worrying slide, after his team shuddered to a 4-1 defeat in the ODI series against Pakistan.

"I can still take positives, especially from the bowling unit - who did a great job throughout the series," Dilshan said, after the loss in the fifth ODI in Abu Dhabi. "[However], we must be worried about the batting as most of the batsmen didn't click. We played seven batsmen, but in every match only two or three were performing and the rest were failing. So there are some areas of concern that we have to sit down to discuss. Everyone has to take responsibility before going to South Africa."

While the one-sided scoreline suggests otherwise, Sri Lanka were in strong positions in a couple of games that they went on to lose. Dilshan admitted the inability to close out matches from winning positions cost his side. "The third and fourth ODIs, we should have won easy. At some stages we were going very well, but we didn't finish and hence lost the series. Otherwise we would have won the series 3-2."

Dilshan has endured a horror run with the bat since taking over as the full-time captain, but brushed aside the general impression that captaincy was denting his own form. "I took over the captaincy in England series and got good runs," he said. "Unfortunately, I broke my finger and after then I didn't play enough. After the injury I am lacking in confidence and form. But I know I am good and I can get runs. I want to go back to Sri Lanka work on few areas to get back my form."

Sri Lanka lost the Test series 1-0 prior to the ODI defeat against Pakistan. Their next assignment is in South Africa, where they are yet to register a Test win, and have generally struggled over the years.

"We have three weeks before the next tour starts," Dilshan said. "I think the batting group should be working on some area. It's better that we can go back to the Sri lankan domestic season and every one can play at least two-three matches to get the form. Everyone knows there are mistakes, and they can correct them quickly before going to South Africa - that is on the mind at the moment."

Dilshan further described Pakistan as a better side than his own. "They have more good players, with more options on the bench. They have seven bowlers out of whom, most can bat as well. So they are not a bad side, they are a good ODI side and in Tests as well."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 25, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

@OUTCAST . WHAT YOU SAID . YOU WOULD PUT SL ABOVE INDIA IN FOREIGN CONDITIONS . MY GOD , I THINK THAT ENG TOUR HAS CHANGED THE MINDS OF PEOPLE . WHAT SL HAS DONE IN SA YET , THEY ARE TOURING AFTER 9 YEARS GAP . THEY HAVEN'T WON A SINGLE TEST THERE . AT LEAST INDIA GO AND WERE ABLE TO DRAW SERIIES THERE .SL HAS ALSO 0 RECORD IN AUS . OK SO INDIA IS MUCH BETTER THAN SL . ATLEAST INDIAN BATTING IS GOOD THAN SL 'S IN OVERSEAS .

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

I was an unfortunate spectator who was at the grounds when Sri Lanka suffered losses in second test and 3rd and 4th ODIs. Dilshan clearly lacked in confidence when he was batting. Even during the only half century he scored in 3rd ODI he could have got out at any time in the initial overs. I always believe that captain should lead by example be it cricket any other game or even politics. Dropping Thilan was the biggest crime commited by SLC in recent selections. He was dropped partly because Dilshan could switch between opening and No. 5 positions whenever he wishes to and also he was a definite threat to his captaincy. Having lacked stability in the middle order they paid a heavy price for that in UAE. The indications are that worse is yet to come in South Africa tour.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

pakistan is weak team i think srilanka is also a weak team but better then pakistan srilanka have to find partners for lasith today in world only england india sa and australia are top teamsrest are far behind rankings sujjests now eng 125 india 118 sa117 thenaus 104 rest under 100 look at the gap look at the batting heavyweights in top teams and spinners in eng swnn india ashwin ojha sa imaran tahir fast bowlers eng anderson broad sa steyn morkel india if zaheer is fit then ishant bowling 140 and new young gunss aaron and yadav bowling above 145 no new talents in other teams and australi patrick cummins look at lanka only lasith is good pakistan only gul and ajmal but gul is bowling at 130 to 135 why he dropped his pace main test of pak willbe against india eng and sa they will thrash them

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (November 24, 2011, 13:42 GMT)

Can you believe all that phone calls to Sl, Flight costs, Travel Costs for the legendary CHAMRA SILVA to come and join the squad in Dubai and it was all for just 1 run!!? Brilliant....

Posted by OutCast on (November 24, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

I can't wait three week to see SL get SLaughtered in SA... On paper SL may look good, but I'd rank them below ZIm, Bang, WI and above India... Mahela & Sankakara are getting life on flat pitches, just like their India counterparts.. SL better stop playing tests until year 2020, then see if they get another Murali by then.... I mean SL should ask ICC to demote themselves otherthan becoming a laughing stock in cricket circles... hahah

Posted by anver777 on (November 24, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

As Dilshan said SL could have easily won the series 3/2...but its gone now..cricket is a team game & all must be blamed equally including officials who is involved......hope a victory in T20 will get some confidence back before the SA tour...Good Luck !!!!

Posted by lankavigi on (November 24, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

What a captain, Dilshan is. Marvellous, magnificent,etc. He's lost his last six series as captain and now concedes that his side were useless. It wud have been gud if had said that he wud retire as captain. His comments were immature. SL are finished. I predict whitewashes in SA, unlesss rain comes to rescue this embarassing and horrible side. SA have invited SL to help themselves get back into the top positon in both tests and odis. Gud descision SA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no other better side to convincingly beat!!!!!!

Posted by dmqi on (November 24, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

I am not at all impressed with Dilson as captain. I do not understand why Mahela and then Sanga gave up captaincy. One of them, I think Sanga, should have continued as captain. Is Srilanka cricket board having some problem with the two world's leading cricketers? Why did Sangakara gave up captaincy? He should be brought back for the future of SL cricket. They are a very good side without a good captain. They will be badly beaten by SA.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Sri lanka played well and its very normal what happened we can say it was a Bad Luck for Sri Lanka!They just need to focus more on their batting specially the youngsters!

Posted by Ellis on (November 24, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

Same old, same old, from Dilshan. More magical " positives", and batsmen who do not perform. Dilshan is the biggest batting failure. Chandimal next, who threw away two good chances of batting till the end for victory. If he does not sort out his weakness against left arm quickies, he is dead meat in international cricket. Tharanga is not too far behind these two. Too much hype in SL about younger batsmen who are going to take the world by storm, only to fall flat on their faces.Except for Sangakkara, none of the SL batsmen could pick Ajmal. SL bowlers may have fought hard but could not make the crucial breakthroughs that win matches. Malinga was below par and too much depends on him.Overall, the SL bowling is well below international class. All credit to Pakistan who played well as a team and played with purpose and a sporting spirit. As always, back to the drawing board for SL where hopefully they will find solutions and not delusional mirages.

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