Sri Lanka v India, 3rd ODI, Colombo July 29, 2012

'Sangakkara injury provides useful break' - Jayawardene

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said that although Kumar Sangakkara's injury was unfortunate, it was good in a way as it allowed Sangakkara an overdue break from cricket ahead of the World Twenty20 tournament in September. "He hasn't had a break for nearly two years so if you look at it that way, it's unfortunate but he gets a deserving break. Hopefully he will get fit for the World Cup [World Twenty20]," Jayawardene said.

"Kumar behind the wickets is always the added factor for me as a captain because he sees things and he can analyse them and let me know certain things. It's a big opportunity for him [Dinesh Chandimal, who is] keeping wickets after a long time."

Kumar Sangakkara felt some pain after being hit by Ashok Dinda but decided to bat on, Mahela Jayawardene said. Sangakkara was on 23 off 29 deliveries when he was struck on the glove by a short ball and went on to make 73 off 95 before falling to Dinda. A scan showed later that Sangakkara had fractured a finger on his right hand, putting him out of action for at least four weeks.

"Sanga said that he had pain but he could bat through," Jayawardene said. "He knew there was pain but it wasn't really bad when you are in that situation. When [he is] batting in the middle he will bat through, but he did feel it so that's probably why he didn't go for big shots. I just told him to just bat through [the innings]."

Jayawardene backed his decision to bat first, despite recent results showing that the relaid Premadasa pitch favours teams batting second. Eight of eleven games at the ground since 2011 have been won by the chasing side.

"When we put runs on the board it is always easier for a side to put pressure [on the opposition]. Even after being 20 for 3, we ended up with 286. I thought if we had a good start we probably could have scored more runs. I thought we came back into the game when they were 180 for 4 after the [batting] Powerplay. I think the way we bowled in the last ten overs and obviously the lost opportunities [while fielding] probably cost us the game. We had them [under pressure] in certain situations, but just couldn't finish it off."

With India needing 65 off 44, Sachithra Senanayake, substituting for Sangakkara, dropped Suresh Raina on 19. Raina went on to make a match-winning unbeaten 65. Jayawardene, however, said Sri Lanka's fielding was largely good. "The ground fielding was excellent except for the couple of fumbles but we will definitely look into it because that's an area which we take a lot of pride in ourselves - our fielding."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | July 31, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    @nilankaraja How can you compare MJ with Dhoni? When it comes to captaincy, just like batting or bowling, the judging barometer for captaincy is test match captaincy. Dhoni is not a good test captain, extremely defensive and lets the game drift away. Mahela is an imaginative test captain (though nowadays is a bit short of bowling resources and to win test matches regularly the primary requirement is a good bowling line up) though Michael Clarke is probably the best captain right now (I won't blame Clarke for the weak Australian batting and injury prone Australian bowling). MJ in my view is the second best test captain in world cricket currently after Clarke. Dhoni with his defensive containing mindset and his calm demeanor is only good as an ODI captain.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 31, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Asitha18, I do agree with u. We need FLAT PITCH KINGS like Kapu coming at No 3 and hammer around the ground. All indian batters are FLAT PITCH KINGS. We also need few KINGS rather than test batsmen. Hope SL can win next 2 games to win the FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Asitha18 on | July 31, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Its time to change SL batting order. Need more explosive batsmen to challenge IND batting order. Kapugdara should open with Dilshan specially on Flat pitches and in T20 WC. Thesra & Mathew should bat. Mahroof need in team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    The difference between SL & IND is the batting order. IND top order is much stronger than SL test players. SL have a strong lower order (Mathew, Thesara, etc) in the world. The problem for SL, lower batsmen most of the time don't get a opportunity to bat in the 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY cravin on | July 31, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    If we substitute another accumulator for no 3, results will be no difference. Its time to give more attacking basemen Kapugdara number 3 spot. T20 WC just around the corner he need to get his confidence back. Otherwise SL top order will be senior accumulators.

  • POSTED BY damith91 on | July 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Give kapugedara a chance at num 3.he is a good middle order player.he got lot of chances.bt most of them were at num 6 or 7.so he must get a chance at num 3 or 4...

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Kapugedera is one of the KINGS in FLAT PITCH not like SANGA. So Kapu should bat at No 3 if SL needs to win next 2 matches to win the FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 30, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Kapugedera should bat at No 3.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    good opertunity for chandimal....y not try angelo perera another good allrounder ofthe combination of mathews and thisara. i think selectors will have to pick him once he gets clicked in the slpl.. lets show them that we too are grooming some fine young talent

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 30, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @BravoBravo: Am i seeing jealousy mate??

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | July 31, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    @nilankaraja How can you compare MJ with Dhoni? When it comes to captaincy, just like batting or bowling, the judging barometer for captaincy is test match captaincy. Dhoni is not a good test captain, extremely defensive and lets the game drift away. Mahela is an imaginative test captain (though nowadays is a bit short of bowling resources and to win test matches regularly the primary requirement is a good bowling line up) though Michael Clarke is probably the best captain right now (I won't blame Clarke for the weak Australian batting and injury prone Australian bowling). MJ in my view is the second best test captain in world cricket currently after Clarke. Dhoni with his defensive containing mindset and his calm demeanor is only good as an ODI captain.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 31, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Asitha18, I do agree with u. We need FLAT PITCH KINGS like Kapu coming at No 3 and hammer around the ground. All indian batters are FLAT PITCH KINGS. We also need few KINGS rather than test batsmen. Hope SL can win next 2 games to win the FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Asitha18 on | July 31, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Its time to change SL batting order. Need more explosive batsmen to challenge IND batting order. Kapugdara should open with Dilshan specially on Flat pitches and in T20 WC. Thesra & Mathew should bat. Mahroof need in team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    The difference between SL & IND is the batting order. IND top order is much stronger than SL test players. SL have a strong lower order (Mathew, Thesara, etc) in the world. The problem for SL, lower batsmen most of the time don't get a opportunity to bat in the 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY cravin on | July 31, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    If we substitute another accumulator for no 3, results will be no difference. Its time to give more attacking basemen Kapugdara number 3 spot. T20 WC just around the corner he need to get his confidence back. Otherwise SL top order will be senior accumulators.

  • POSTED BY damith91 on | July 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Give kapugedara a chance at num 3.he is a good middle order player.he got lot of chances.bt most of them were at num 6 or 7.so he must get a chance at num 3 or 4...

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 30, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Kapugedera is one of the KINGS in FLAT PITCH not like SANGA. So Kapu should bat at No 3 if SL needs to win next 2 matches to win the FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 30, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Kapugedera should bat at No 3.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    good opertunity for chandimal....y not try angelo perera another good allrounder ofthe combination of mathews and thisara. i think selectors will have to pick him once he gets clicked in the slpl.. lets show them that we too are grooming some fine young talent

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 30, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @BravoBravo: Am i seeing jealousy mate??

  • POSTED BY nilb on | July 30, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @Babu Raghunathan I didn't consider the no-of world cups won. I was talking about making excuses as a captain which is the title of this article. Many of you were saying Mahela is making excuses. Also it's funny you include 20-20 as a world cup. I don't consider it as cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I think we are asking too much from anyone to fill in the boots of Sanga for the remaining 2 matches........Maybe this break would give some medicine for thought as to finding some good young talent who could fit into the Sri Lanka side on a long term basis.

    we will surely miss Sanga and Kulasekera during the next 2 matches,Miracles do happen,if we pull off this series with the Indians,they are playing very good Cricket at this very moment.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @joby_george, yes Sri Lanka have won twice in England, twice in Pakistan on Tests.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Get well soon Sanga SL needs u badly for WCT20.... now who will take Sanga's place in the next game ????

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    dont bring kapu in to the side

  • POSTED BY Joby_George on | July 30, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Has SL ever won a test match in Australia or England? Have they ever defeated india or pakistan on their home soil? just asking to know the stats

  • POSTED BY thilanka5x on | July 30, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282914.html pls watch this site Records / List A matches / Batting records / Highest career batting average 2 sri lankan players only there, Paranavithana(42.31) and sangakkara (40.33), so why you do not think about paranavithana for ODI, pls give him to chance he will do his best, and his records in List A 88ininngs 12not out 3216 runs 116*Hights run 42.31 average 5 (100) 22 (50)

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | July 30, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @21yasa......too much drinking is injurious to health,,,

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    @nilankaraja,

    Dhoni as a captain has won 2 world cups ... Has mahela done that???

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 30, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Lot of comments on this page point to the Sri Lankans who have had trouble this time. Well what did you expect after the retirement of Murali and Jayasuriya? In the late 90's and early 2000's, Sri Lanka DOMINATED India most of the time. Now that their key stars retired, they have to rebuild, like other teams. Indians, don't laugh and point fingers because what comes around goes around. It isn't long before Tendulkar, Sehwag, Zaheer, and Laxman retire. Let us see how well you rebuild after that

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    We are in doubt whether SL is rather frightened than fighting., or betrayed.Upul Tharanga is not suitable as a one dayer. He cannot field or ball. And He cannot bat as well! Lasith Malinga is a property of India. We cannot expect challenging performance from him too. Dilshan is totally broken! Sanga is no more! Lets try this, 1.Dilshan, 2.Thirimanne, 3.Chandimal, 4.Mahela, 5.Jeewan, 6.Mathews, 7.Thisara, 8.Kaapugedara, 9.Sachithra, 10.Isuru, 11.Nuwan Pradeep

  • POSTED BY nilb on | July 30, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    @coolitbaby Well if you need stats just go to stats guru yourself and puuout the latest test India played in Aussie in England. And compare the same with Sri Lanka and Pakistans. You will see that both SL and Pak teams at least managed to draw some matches while India lost them all. I give credit for India winning only one match in SA thanks to I think Sachin & Dravid. Everyone outside India know that India cannot play well outside subcontinent and they won the world cup also because of that.. You'll know what I mean if the next India's tour of NZ ends up in a whitewash..

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 30, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    To be frank, now the SLs got another excuse for the series loss.

  • POSTED BY Ameeega on | July 30, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @Coolitbaby, you really cool man! Love your comment. As I always say, If you condemn your opponent, you devalue your wins against them.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 30, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    I think Thirimanne would be the apt replacement.. He has played last few games in middle order and is a perfect foil for the guys to play around.. Loss of Sanga is a huge one.. The presence of in form all rounders in Perera, Mathews and Jeevan will make the loss of Sanga not a huge one.. 11 for next game, Dilshan, Tharanga, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews, Thirimanne, Jeevan, Thissera, Malinga, Herath, One more seamer..

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 30, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @nilankaraja Well sorry, I wasn't trying to get personal. I was only meaning to say that it is good to substantiate statements with solid results and evidences. And saying baseless things about other teams and players is only going to create bad relations between. I am sure nobody wants that, and I am also sure that we enjoy each others players performances. So let's just take it easy buddy.

  • POSTED BY Ameeega on | July 30, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    This is really a bad miss. SL need to win both matches with the series. Indians are talented bunch of players, and it is always a challenge to win against them. As a SL fan, I think it is Dilshan's turn to lead the batting line up to win the next game, in the absence of Sanga. SL were just marginally behind the Indians, (if not arguably better if we consider overall performance in this series,) so they can surely bridge the gap. Good luck both teams.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | July 30, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @coolitbaby maybe you guys stopped watching cricket when Dhoni is answering the critics after the white washes and suddenly he's the best captain to you? Sorry for expressing my views I thnk I have a right as all the others who comment here. I think we're discussing cricket here, Please, you don't worry about my life and I know statsguru,

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 30, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @nilankaraja Back to posting garbage on cricinfo forums. You must have nothing to do in your life. And by the way if you claim Mahela is better than Dhoni, show us some statistics. Do you have some common sense to use stats guru?

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | July 30, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @BravoBravo -- Most whitewashed team has also managed to win 2 world cups in 5 years, won Asia Cup, was No.1 in test matches for almost 2yrs, and won several other major tournaments. Your Sri Lanka team on the other hand even lost 3-0 in Asia cup in Bangladesh and finished at the bottom of the table with negative run rate - even Bangladesh was above you. Your champ captain Mahela openly admitted that he had to resort to negative tactics against Pakistan recently to win test matches so that you could at least win 1 series after 3years. LMAO.

  • POSTED BY typical_late_cut on | July 30, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    we should considered about the India's performance since the WC in 2011.they were whitewashed by England, and same thing happened vs aussies. in other hand SL had pretty bad period too.but they recovered well in last few series(vs Pakistan) so i think india got into a meaningless battle against tough team like SL.they won't had a chance to get back into a winning streak because they will loss this series too.

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | July 30, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @nilankaraja Dhoni has won 2 world cups, asia cup, and many more trophies. Mahela will not even win Timbuktu and Somalia cup. You are back to talking your usual nonsense again.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 30, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    @LeoE, I fully agree with you! I have stated the same yesterday as you said here, in the SL India 3rd ODI match report. Our bowling is mainly into containment and not wicket taking. India has Zaheer who is the key wicket taker. Hope Thisara will keep getting better as he must be more consistent so that he will be our next Vaas. In the 3 tests which we won sans Vaas and Murali, it has been all due to scoreboard pressure and nothing else.

  • POSTED BY PKosgoda on | July 29, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    This no 3 position is meant for batsmen, the class of Tendulkar, Karlis, Amla, Trott,.. who have, total control over their stroke play and full array of strokes. Such batsmen are only in a position to demoralize any bowling attack at consistent basis. The Jokers of SL of last 25 years have always done things differently, therefore the SLan front-line has always been filled with reckless batters with no proper control over their stroke play. When a batsman starts missing, edging & lofting from the very first ball, he would always make things difficult for the batsmen to follow. It is because of this ignorance of jokers only that the TeamSL has become very unpredictable team. If we had the kind of selectors that they have in Eng or SA for that matter we could have maintain a winning consistency with ease. By the way if the class players that I've mentioned above were SLans (for their misfortune) they may have been treated the same way as in the case of Atapattu& S'weera.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @ nilankaraja Mahela is much better captain than Dhoni. C'mon man! Thx that you did not say this "Mahela is much better than Ganguly DADA".

  • POSTED BY LeoE on | July 29, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    If Sri lanka needs to beat sides consistently the need is to post huge scores batting first, as their bowling is quite weak compared to India,Pak,Eng,Aus,SA etc. Only scoreboard pressure will work. For example, a score of over 300 in the last match would have guaranteed a win against India. How do you score 300 with batsmen going at less than run a ball ? They really need strikers at 100% , not Sanga or Mahela at the top at 78%. They slow down the run rate. Chandimal and Tharanga are worse. They need pinch hitters at three and five, to capitalise on the power plays. Dilshan,Thissara Perera, Mathews, Mendis etc. have to be used higher up the order, with the others batting around them. Tharanga, Sanga and Mahela often use up 40 overs and SL may reach 190 or 200. That leaves only 10 overs in which to reach 300 and that requires a massive onslaught from Thissara and Mathews. Is it fair to give them only 10 overs batting time ? They are the best in the world and they deserve better.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | July 29, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Well it was great game until Mahela made a huge mistake of asking Isuru Udana to bowl the 44th over. I believed that over cost us the match and Malinga starting the very next over from the other end. Also taking Malinga off when he was bowling well in the batting power play. Just another note for Mahela…look at the tapes the tapes and see how Gambir plays his innings. Why don't you get the fielders bit closer from the boundary and let him try hitting over the top. I am not referring to the close in fielders but the deep fielders. I'm sure you could have got him out earlier. Mahela is a great a captain but sometimes I wonder what kind of methods he uses in crisis situation. Not chasing a total against Pakistan in the test match and even this match I feel it was a very poor decision making. Our bowling was very flat from the first over itself. I also felt we were missing Sanga as a wicket keeper too.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | July 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Now SLfans too join the club of excuse makers. So SL looses against india for IPL money. Isnt it the other way around. Teams try hard and boost their performance to get noticed by IP scouts? These fans....

    Wish Sanga speedy recovery and hope he stays of out of these meaning less T20s

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @ranuk there were lots of yorkers on the offstump by Malinga. Why is he always the 'scapegoat' and not the other bowlers? SL fielding becomes shoddy whenever their bowlers are hit around, no matter who the oppositon is. Mahela and the 'experts' who praise Lankan fielding never note that?

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | July 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ranuk: I like your comment, no matter how devious it is about IPL money, it makes sense. It seems like when IND touches the bottom of the pile, and try to crawl out like a worm from there, SL rescues them. I always felt that SL loosing its edge by playing excessively with IND, and SL vs IND matches are not worth watching anymore. SL is one of my favorite team, and I wish they dont play that much cricket with the Most Whitewashed Team in history of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    thats the best thing happen to srilanka's odi team in years,,, now give that no 3 opportunity to chandi or thirimanna and they will grab it i swear

  • POSTED BY ramaswamy80in on | July 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @ ranuk ....with IPL the incentive is not loosing to India but to do well in those matches because that is where you get the talent hunt eyes of franchise follow . which would fetch good IPL contract .

  • POSTED BY nilb on | July 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Mahela may not be the best captain in the world. But he is much a better captain than Dhoni. Dhoni is the king of excuses. You don't need to look no further than the second match of the same series. And I wonder why most people forgot his hilarious excuses in press conferences in England and Australia whitewash.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 29, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @g.narsimha, we must see this as a good opportunity for someone else to exploit. Hopefully Thirmanne or Dimuth Karunaratne makes it but I am afraid our selectors may choose that useless Kapugedara instead. @ranuk dont blame IPL money because our cricket board never pays our players on time. It is IPL payments that keep our players motivated to play for free when our bankrupt cricket board is unlikely to pay our players' dues anytime soon. I am sure all SLPL players will not get a cent even 6 months after the tournament is over.

  • POSTED BY Inaz on | July 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @ ranuk agree with you bro, Malinga has been deadly against other teams but a cake walk for indians. It is the same indian batmen who found hard to bat against malinga in IPL has been thrashing him all over the park. Is it the Indian batsmen take the game so serious when it comes to national representaion? or is it malinga taking things lightly when it comes to national representation? I would like to see kapugedara in place of Sanga, the guy is talented but I understand that no use of the talent if he is not performing. I am sick of Kapu's recall like the other srilankan fans, give the guy a fair go if he don't perform then stop this recall nonesense, I mean play him in Sanga's position (3). I hate the selectors for spoiling such a talented player, I hope they don't do the same to Thirimanne.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It is unfortunate both Kulasekara and sanga will be missed by cricket lovers.Inspite of this win India is not playing to their potential both in batting and bowling. MSD should give his piece of mind in the dressing room and motivate them to perform.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | July 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Coastly miss for lanka, what a player he is one of my all time favourite , can change the complexion of the match single handedly , really just imposible to found replacements to such a class talent

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | July 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Dear Mahela, we know your capabilities as a captain. Can you give us excuses to let India chase record target of 287? What about Malinga's bowling? He has not tried yorkers in privious games with India Why you guys fail only vs. India? We also remember that you let India scoring 322 in 38overs in Australia.Bcoz of IPL money?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Its unfortunate for SL... They lost Nuwan Kulasekara and sangakkara becoz of injuries... Hope malinga ans maiyya doesnt get these injuries....

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  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Its unfortunate for SL... They lost Nuwan Kulasekara and sangakkara becoz of injuries... Hope malinga ans maiyya doesnt get these injuries....

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | July 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Dear Mahela, we know your capabilities as a captain. Can you give us excuses to let India chase record target of 287? What about Malinga's bowling? He has not tried yorkers in privious games with India Why you guys fail only vs. India? We also remember that you let India scoring 322 in 38overs in Australia.Bcoz of IPL money?

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | July 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Coastly miss for lanka, what a player he is one of my all time favourite , can change the complexion of the match single handedly , really just imposible to found replacements to such a class talent

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It is unfortunate both Kulasekara and sanga will be missed by cricket lovers.Inspite of this win India is not playing to their potential both in batting and bowling. MSD should give his piece of mind in the dressing room and motivate them to perform.

  • POSTED BY Inaz on | July 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @ ranuk agree with you bro, Malinga has been deadly against other teams but a cake walk for indians. It is the same indian batmen who found hard to bat against malinga in IPL has been thrashing him all over the park. Is it the Indian batsmen take the game so serious when it comes to national representaion? or is it malinga taking things lightly when it comes to national representation? I would like to see kapugedara in place of Sanga, the guy is talented but I understand that no use of the talent if he is not performing. I am sick of Kapu's recall like the other srilankan fans, give the guy a fair go if he don't perform then stop this recall nonesense, I mean play him in Sanga's position (3). I hate the selectors for spoiling such a talented player, I hope they don't do the same to Thirimanne.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 29, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    @g.narsimha, we must see this as a good opportunity for someone else to exploit. Hopefully Thirmanne or Dimuth Karunaratne makes it but I am afraid our selectors may choose that useless Kapugedara instead. @ranuk dont blame IPL money because our cricket board never pays our players on time. It is IPL payments that keep our players motivated to play for free when our bankrupt cricket board is unlikely to pay our players' dues anytime soon. I am sure all SLPL players will not get a cent even 6 months after the tournament is over.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | July 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Mahela may not be the best captain in the world. But he is much a better captain than Dhoni. Dhoni is the king of excuses. You don't need to look no further than the second match of the same series. And I wonder why most people forgot his hilarious excuses in press conferences in England and Australia whitewash.

  • POSTED BY ramaswamy80in on | July 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @ ranuk ....with IPL the incentive is not loosing to India but to do well in those matches because that is where you get the talent hunt eyes of franchise follow . which would fetch good IPL contract .

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    thats the best thing happen to srilanka's odi team in years,,, now give that no 3 opportunity to chandi or thirimanna and they will grab it i swear

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | July 29, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ranuk: I like your comment, no matter how devious it is about IPL money, it makes sense. It seems like when IND touches the bottom of the pile, and try to crawl out like a worm from there, SL rescues them. I always felt that SL loosing its edge by playing excessively with IND, and SL vs IND matches are not worth watching anymore. SL is one of my favorite team, and I wish they dont play that much cricket with the Most Whitewashed Team in history of Cricket.