West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 December 5, 2010

Worst series of my life - Sangakkara


Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has described the rain-hit, three-Test series against the West Indies as probably the worst Test series of his life. "I've never seen anything like this before," Sangakkara said after persistent rain washed out the fifth and final day of the third Test at Pallakele. The series was drawn 0-0 with the first and second Tests also ending in draws due to bad weather.

"It's pretty frustrating and it's tough. I haven't seen rain like this in a long time. It was pretty frustrating to sit in the dressing room and watch the rain."

Sangakkara called for cricket officials to analyse weather patterns properly before hosting Test matches. "It is tough these days because the weather's all topsy-turvy. It would have been nice to see if we had alternative venues as well to see if one failed and the weather was not great and preparations were not great we could have gone somewhere else.

"But the reports I hear is that it is raining everywhere. I don't know how feasible that would have been. But it's always nice to have something as a back up."

The positives for the home side, despite the disappointing series which saw them fall from third to fifth in the ICC Test rankings, were the bowling of spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis, and the batting of opener Tharanga Paranavitana.

"Rangana again proved as the most experienced bowler he can do the job whenever it was required," Sangakkara said. "He bowled against all left-handers and that's the major reason why we brought him back. He did a fantastic job for us.

"It's heartening to see Ajantha Mendis has come back very strongly in this Test series and Tharanga Paranavitana keeps growing as a solid opener for us. I hope he continues in that vein and keeps fighting for those runs. Those three were the biggest positives we had."

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  • Shehan on December 11, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    @lankarminnows: Ofcourse Indian pitches are so great that harabajan singh scores back to back hundreds. In case you haven't noticed you cannot play cricket in the rain. If you think we are hiding from WI well then I can say that India hid from Australia when they toured a couple of months back since they only played the first match. Also remember Bangladesh beating India in 2007 WC and sending them home. By your logic Bangladesh is better than India. By the way how does it feel to get sent home from WCs by Sri Lanka? Indians along with overrated Sachin can only play in Indian pitches. That is a fact my friend. So change your name to 'Sachin is overrated' or 'India is gonna get kicked out of the worldcup by Bangladesh next year' Wait! That's too long. So stick to 'Sachin is overrated'

  • Shehan on December 11, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    @lankarminnows: Sorry but it was India's WC victory that was a fluke. India beat the best team WI because they had an off day. Just after the WC WI toured India and gave India a whitewash. That shows Indian victory is nothing but a fluke. As for SL, we beat your team in SF and sent Kambli crying. And in the finals we comprehensively beat AUS. It wasn't evn a close match. Now figure which WC victory is a fluke and which is not.

  • abacha on December 9, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    i feel lanka have chickened out of the odi series against windies, hiding behind rains as excuse, just the way they chickened out of the delhi odi by saying that the pitch was unplayable- true the fear of a loss makes people do strange things.

  • abacha on December 9, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    @ahmed afker...ha ha ha..you began by saying lankarminnows, and that's the admission of the facts.

    India's victory was against the most powerful team on the planet ever, and it was God's gift to India. Whereas lanka's wc victory can be called a fluke. No doubt lanka is a very lucky team.

    Remember 2003 wc even kenya got better of lanka, so even by your logic lanka is worse than kenya. Besides, where your team stands is known to everybody..truly no.5 test team and slipping down further...

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    @lankarminnows. Long long time IND too win WC by fluke isn't it?...After that U loss 5-0 to WC runnerup in your own country.It shows you won WC by fluke.In the resent WC BAN beat u.Hence BAN=IND.But don't forget SL beat last ODI triangular and won the Micromax cup.Hence SL and WIN is better than IND.

  • abacha on December 9, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    @ahmed afker..sir what all things you are talking about happened looong time ago by fluke, and are meaningless. when was it that slanka won a bilateral series against India? Can't remeber? Even I can't. Slanka have failed to put up a fight even in their own backyard against the powerful Indians.

    Come to the reality slnka 0 - windies 0.

    that is slanka = windies. QED

  • abacha on December 9, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    i guess what sangara meant to say was "worst cricket team of his life" .

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002- In 70's and 80 SL is minnows just like Bermuda.But where IND won against Bermuda (minnows) only in WC.But SL gave super fight for all the giants those days.Our bowelers too Broken their faces specially by Rumesh & Asantha. Don't u forget How Indian lambs played with first ever ODI between SL and IND.At that match Indain lambs meekly surrender.I don't think u may forget that.And don't forget SL won Indian Independant cup where SL and PAK came to final.(SL beat IND in 2 consecutive matches and put them out in there own back yard).

  • Harshvardhan on December 8, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @pissupakaa How many SL have played on uncovered pitches and faced lillee,thomson,marshall,garner,roberts,holding none would be so glad that started full-fledged cricket in 90s after their retirements,I mean with helmets on two of ur batsmen get knocked on head and rushed to hospital during 1st aus tour at pace of mcdermott,hughes imagine the lovely sight on uncovered pitches WITHOUT helmets in 70s 80s in aus and wi how many would have been alive more than half would be in heaven god save u lambs

  • abacha on December 8, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    all in all a very fair score line of 0-0 between two equally matched teams.

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