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

Worst series of my life - Sangakkara

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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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  • Lion_of_Lanka 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'

  • Lion_of_Lanka 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.

  • lankarminnows 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.

  • lankarminnows 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...

  • 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.

  • lankarminnows 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

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

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

  • 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).

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily 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

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

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

  • Lion_of_Lanka 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'

  • Lion_of_Lanka 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.

  • lankarminnows 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.

  • lankarminnows 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...

  • 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.

  • lankarminnows 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

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

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

  • 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).

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily 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

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

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

  • Sportsscientist on December 7, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    all things considering, it's been a fantastic WI performance. everyone expected WI to collapse in conditions away from home. the captaincy with sammy needs to be sorted, because WI cannot take 20 wickets with that sort of attack - roach needs back up. what happens if taylor and edwards are fit? can the WICB trust anyone else to take the reigns, if sammy can't make the starting XI?? future problems. For Sri Lanka....like Australia in the ashes, they have to deal with big name retirements.....this is not easy. they can't replace muarli....but they can build a young side around Mendis and other up & coming youngsters....this will take time & they need to be patient. they showed in the 1st test when gayle was killling them, sangakarra didn't have maurli to turn to....he just folded....they have to accpet the old greats are gone...find youngsters who are ready & just give them a chance.

  • pissupakaa on December 7, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    @ harsh_vardhan2002: FYI, let me compare the two teams to show how many matches it took before beating Eng,Pak,Aus,SA and WI in their own country. Against Eng, Ind took 20 and SL 4; against Pak, Ind took 20 and SL took 10; against WI, Ind took 10 and SL 4; against Aus, Ind took 11 and SL 10 so far; against SA; IND took 9 and SL 7 so far. See who is the better team in relative.

  • lankarminnows on December 7, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    sangakara is just another fake lankan lion- master at using his mouth than his bat.

  • LakmalPhysics_Mom on December 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    rain ruined the series......

  • LakmalPhysics_Mom on December 7, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    srilanka will win the odi... lol

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @pissupakaa hey skunky i have lots of options How about not winning a test match in indian,aus,sa even after having so called great murali or not winning a single bilateral odi series in india or sl welcomed with eggs thrown during 2004 aus tour or murli avging 75 in aus or during 1st aus tour 2 batsmen with helmets on rushed to hospital hit on head at pace of mcdermott,hughes with helmets!! lambs!! common win one test match in india,aus,sa how many years u will take which one is best pick one plenty

  • DINESHCC on December 7, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Ist test it was WI v/s SL and rain, 2nd test it was SL v/s WI and rain and in the 3rd test it was WI & SL v/s rain.

  • pissupakaa on December 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002: Dude, i was thinking what was the worst embarrassment Indians ever faced? 1st round exit from the 07 WC? Or not winning a single super six match in the last two T20 WCs? No I think 96 SF loss takes the cake . LOL

  • anoopshameed on December 7, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    @ramzi1985, now kindly go through my comment 3 times and find me the word 'excuse' in it, will you?

  • Tiptop32 on December 6, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    Hopefully Sanga won't crib on India's #1 status hereafter. If you want to be #1, you have to win the matches consistently. There is no short cut for that. The difference between the points of teams may be less but if you want to be ranked as #1, you have to be atleast marginally better than other teams which India is at the moment.

  • 3rd_man on December 6, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Disappointing series. But I thing WI surprised SL from the day one of this series. I think Sammy did fantastic job as captain.Opposite can say about Sanggakara. I have seen some dumb decisions by him. specially give new ball to Mathews to open the balling while Dilhara was there. and also when tail is wagging , give new ball to spinners at 3rd test. even second test, when WI wicketkeeper batting with tail he didnt try to keep him off strike. gave easy single at the end of the over. its looked like competition between Mendis & Herath for the wicket. although sangakkara batted well to overcome difficult situations, his some decisions dont make any sense.Mahela useless.I never seen this guy in prime form.I never. I have seen guys like sanga,thilan, dishan in prime form. not Mahela. I think he is overrated as a player. need to get some new guys. I am not happy sangakkara as a captain,how he talk to his players & his attitude also. he too much think he plays for his own records it seems.

  • WanNeil on December 6, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Defensive captaincy won't win many matches. Sanga has had a dream pool of players during last 12 months to choose from-we should be no 1 by now. Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Murali, Malinga, Thilan, Ajantha, Angelo, Dilhara, Prasanna, Nuwan - what more can you ask for?

  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Srilankan board has made things tough for their team by keeping a series in this kind of weather.Its because probably in 2013 test championship will be held and only top four teams are likely to take part.It wont be easy for Srilanka to move up as they wont get to play SA, India ,Aus and Eng, the other 4 top teams at home much where they are most strong, and beating NZ or WI wont help them in future also.So they have to beat SA and England in their own backyard in upcoming tours , its quite tough .Having said that its not very easy time for us Indians also as their no 1 ranking will be seriously challenged against SA and England .So coming future is testing time for both Asian giants Srilanka and India.

  • first_slip on December 6, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, you are day dreaming mate, England far better than Sri lanka,, gimmi a break.,

  • Philip_Gnana on December 6, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    The blame for the timing of this series has to fall squarely on the shoulders of SLC. Who in their right mind would arrange cricket during the months of Nov early Dec?. Could some one tell SLC that it always rains during this time? We lost the home advantage by playing on untried wickets. Became a level playing field. The first test was in shambles. Seletors need take the blame for going with four bowlers after losing the toss. Mind boggles. Well done West Indies. Positives to take is the UDRS system. We have seen it work in the Australia and have now seen it work in SL. If a country is opposing it then they have some advantage in not employing the system. Afterall why introduce it if you are going to lose the advantage. The BCCI being the big boys will definitely have the umpiring decions tilt... that most important thing..benefit..of the doubt.. I let the readers read between the lines. UDR is a must Sanga please do not take OZ route with your mind games. MS Dhoni does a better job.

  • WindiesKing on December 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    The real reason Sarwan was dropped by the selectors had very little to do with his weight and a whole lot to do with his involvement with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

    They will try to exclude him from all forms of games unless he becomes more of a "yes" man. Sorry but that is the truth.

  • WindiesKing on December 6, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    The real reason Sarwan was dropped by the selectors had very little to do with his weight and a whole lot to do with his involvement with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

    They will try to exclude him from all forms of games unless he becomes more of a "yes" man. Sorry but that is the truth.

  • on December 6, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    @anoopshameed :u are right about sanga's habit of finding faults with others....in fact sri lankan board hasn't been able to organise enough test matches b/w sri lanka n australia despite mahela complaining about too few test matches for SL in AUS

  • vattic on December 6, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff:God knows how many SIRs are coming 4m england without doing anything.anyway how do you compare england, Australia to a subcontinent country like sri lanka? there are so many issues.ICC is still giving more test matches to countries like AUS,ENG,SA and also india get a fair amount of matches as well because of rich BCCI.from 1982 to now sri lankans are underdogs for ICC.but they have done a great job in recent past with compare to other teams mainly on flat dead pitches.so you better compare a country in a proper way.

  • nlambda on December 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    How can this be a worse series than the one last year against India when SL were walloped 0-2 losing both matches by an innings? :-)

  • ramzi1985 on December 6, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @ anoopshameed ,hipeople,SRT_GENIUS I've read the report 3 times and I sure can't understand on what point Sanga is making an excuse. Can anyone out of the 3 of you please point it out for me? @Sivali Ranawana The Northeastern monsoon should bring rains to the North and East only and it normally doesn't affect Colombo,Galle, or even Kandy. As a Sri Lankan atleast know your metrology or check the internet for more information. And for your memory SL hosted WI in 2001 during the same period and won 3-0 The best season to have home games in SL is during June-August The other factor is the rain that has fallen this time is unusually high than previous times. Normally SL doesn't get rain that affects the whole country but this time it seems the case where all the provinces are being affected by rain

  • on December 6, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    there are comments that Sanga is giving excuses !! I don't see him doing that, or complaining ICC about the ranking system ???

  • sadSajith on December 6, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Hope South Africa beat India in upcoming series.Just because then we can keep Sri Lankan articles happily,peacefully and most importantly without bad smell.

  • stormy16 on December 6, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Not much anyone can do about the rain I guess but why didint they schedule a test in Dambulla? Wasnt that venue built in the dry zone to enable playing during the rains? Also the scheduling of SLC is - well it can hardly be called scheduling! The players are ready the talent is there but they dont have any cricket to play - Wake up SLC.

  • anoopshameed on December 6, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    The irony of it all! Sri Lanka has played 5 matches since Murali retired and Sangakkara questioned the ranking system and are yet to win a single match after that!-and have slipped from Rank 2 to Rank 5 during this period. In the mean time the 'significantly inferior' Indian team which 'could not take 20 wickets' and plays 'on flat tracks' has managed to win 4 of their 7 matches during the same period! According to the FTP Sri Lanka was not supposed to play any matches between the India tour of 2009 and West Indies series just concluded. Meanwhile India too had a 8 month gap between Bangladesh tour of January 2010 and New Zealand series. But while Sri Lanka spent their time finding fault with others and pointing fingers, BCCI managed to conduct 3 Test Series outside their FTP-of which Sri Lanka themselves got a home series. BCCI has many faults, but for this they should be given credit and Sri Lankans should for once own up to their responsibilities instead of blaming others.

  • hipeople on December 6, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    making excuses huh? Sanga it sounds like someone needs togo to the nets instead of perfecting the book of losers excuses.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on December 6, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    NO NO WORST SERIES OF UR LIFE WAS LAST TOUR RO INDIA WHERE U CAPTAINED AND LOST 2-0 EVEN AFTER HAVING MURALI,HERATH,MENDIS HOW BAD AND EMBARRASSING WAS IT ?

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 6, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Sanga just wants to win a mental point over Windies. (Basically if you express frustration over weather, it somehow indicates that you missed a chance of winning). The reality is windies should be frustrated.. this was their chance to beat lanka in lanka.. and _in my mind_ windies have come out ahead.

    Windies might be a force to watch in the coming WC. I just hope Sachin is available for India.

  • spas on December 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @Ravindran Gangadharan, it is not an overstatement buddy. There may be "washed" matches but not a whole test series (more than one test match!). Can you name at least one out of "Plenty" of washed series.....???

    BTW, I see your comment as an overstatement!

  • on December 6, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    i would certainly agree with sanga, that this has been the worst test series where all 3 matches have been hampered with rain. would have loved to see a good fight from west indies who seemed more determined to perform well than just throw it away.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 5, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Its Srilankan board and ICC scheduling issue. Why dont australia play ashes in december in England becuase every body knows that its impossible and every body knows that in monsoon Srilanka is one of worse country to play cricket in. This is going to be forever in srilanka and they just need accept it and schedule their matches either outside of the country or in safe grounds where weather is better. But all in vain becuase srilanka will have this issue for ever.

  • on December 5, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    Ravindran, I think Sanga meant it was the worst of his life. Anyways, I wouldnt hold Mendis's wickets against the WI up as proof he is really back. But it good to see him get wickets. Hopefully he can continue this form.

    All in all it was a horrible series and hopefully the ODIs provide some entertainment for the fans.

  • on December 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Its like cricket teams go for a holiday when they go to play in Sri Lanka. They get paid and do not have to sweat it out. But when there is some cricket, its only the bowlers who sweat it out as the pitches are flat and dead. I pity how some bowlers have had to end their careers bowling on the decks in the sub-continent.

  • saintilayan on December 5, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    A correction required.To call it d worst ever iz an understatement.Srlilanka iz a bore place frankly speaking...boring cricket boring cricketers..evn d rain gods dont wish dey shud play..:-)

  • on December 5, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Its not just the rain. The grounds were under construction and not ready for test cricket and its spectators. Is this way t they would have hosted Australia or is it the way the authorities think of West Indies cricket

  • Jarr30 on December 5, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Sanga should thank rains as West Indies would have won the 1st test but rains saved the lankans. SL now deserve to be on 5th position at ICC rankings.

  • SettingSun on December 5, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Sangakkara talking more drivel. IT'S THE RAINY SEASON. You don't see England lining up home tests in the middle of December, do you?!

  • on December 5, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    this series cost sri lanka 6 points in the test rankings and shame is that its not bcz of windies good performance but because of the rain!

  • pradeep_dealwis on December 5, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    It has NEVER rained like this...cricket or no cricket...it's been raining everyday THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY for about a month..and the rainy season has gone on fro about 3-4 months .probably a once in a 2 or 3 decade phenomenon!

  • DeAmO on December 5, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    It is a well known FACT, that November through early December are pretty wet here in Sri Lanka. Choosing to ignore this fact is much more than incompetent, its embarrassing! Its a great injustice to the players, fans and even the sponsors!!! A bilateral series such as this is deserves more planning and respect....

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    November and December constitute the main rainy season in Sri Lanka ( the Maha rains) when it rains all over the Island. This has been the case for eons of time and this rain cannot in any way be considered unusual or unseasonal. To my recollection, we have never played International cricket in Sri Lanka during these months. The fault lies entirely with Sri Lanka Cricket for fixing a tour during this period. The secretary of the Board is clearly unaware of the NE Monsoon season and has on the one hand, blamed the earlier Board for fixing the dates and on the other hand stated that the rains are unusual. What a waste!

  • emperoreresh on December 5, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    matches should be scheduled marking the fact of weather cause the state-of-the-art technology is well ahead of time that the forecast can b learned pretty earlier.

    @ sanga : no one has anything to do with it.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 5, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    I am really happy that Sri Lanka have dropped to 5th in the world rankings. While they are a better team than Australia, England are far better than them.

  • Vilander on December 5, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    WI have done pretty well to compete against the SL in SL..heartening to see WI get back in some form...

  • 9ST9 on December 5, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    it hasnt rained like this for ages ......we had a test series against the windies same time of the year back in 2001 - so it's not like u can't play cricket in nov-dec. its just that the weather patterns messed up.

  • Lord.emsworth on December 5, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    "Rangana again proved as the most experienced bowler he can do the job whenever it was required" says Sangakarra coyly. Whew! what an undersatement. Why did he wait until the WI had scored nearly two hundred runs to bring him on then? And why did he almost start the WI innings with a part-time spinner in Dilshan?

  • Razor88 on December 5, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Its Not a Shocker or any sort.Its Natural that SL will be under Cloudy Carpets and heavy showers this time of the year.Why would they Conduct a Full Series ?? It cost them 2 test ranking,It can only get worse.Out of the 2 its clear WI are a happier Unit going into the ODI Series.But they wont care abt the One-sided test Contest(ie:Rain Domination),they will take it anyday.Apart from Gale There was nothing going for them.Hope he fires,If not win the series for WI which is not likely with more Rain or the Sub-Conti Power house team(One of the PH with India getting a Clear edge :D).Atleast they can prepare for the WC.Looks like they can Compete with the NZ who are down On Spirits.Hope WI can turn things around,Since the Aussies are well Out of the "one of the Competitive sides",And become as Dangerous as they used to be B).They sure have the talents in ODI with the Like of gale,Roach,Brawos and the Pollard.They do look like Good team Provided they are "Consistent"

  • crickstats on December 5, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    You cannot blame weather. I think this kind of weather around this time was totally unexpected. Spare a thought for the people whose houses are inundated with water

  • on December 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    This is pretty usual in Sri Lanka. There have been plenty of washed series and ODI finals. To call it the "worst ever" is an overstatement.

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  • on December 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    This is pretty usual in Sri Lanka. There have been plenty of washed series and ODI finals. To call it the "worst ever" is an overstatement.

  • crickstats on December 5, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    You cannot blame weather. I think this kind of weather around this time was totally unexpected. Spare a thought for the people whose houses are inundated with water

  • Razor88 on December 5, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Its Not a Shocker or any sort.Its Natural that SL will be under Cloudy Carpets and heavy showers this time of the year.Why would they Conduct a Full Series ?? It cost them 2 test ranking,It can only get worse.Out of the 2 its clear WI are a happier Unit going into the ODI Series.But they wont care abt the One-sided test Contest(ie:Rain Domination),they will take it anyday.Apart from Gale There was nothing going for them.Hope he fires,If not win the series for WI which is not likely with more Rain or the Sub-Conti Power house team(One of the PH with India getting a Clear edge :D).Atleast they can prepare for the WC.Looks like they can Compete with the NZ who are down On Spirits.Hope WI can turn things around,Since the Aussies are well Out of the "one of the Competitive sides",And become as Dangerous as they used to be B).They sure have the talents in ODI with the Like of gale,Roach,Brawos and the Pollard.They do look like Good team Provided they are "Consistent"

  • Lord.emsworth on December 5, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    "Rangana again proved as the most experienced bowler he can do the job whenever it was required" says Sangakarra coyly. Whew! what an undersatement. Why did he wait until the WI had scored nearly two hundred runs to bring him on then? And why did he almost start the WI innings with a part-time spinner in Dilshan?

  • 9ST9 on December 5, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    it hasnt rained like this for ages ......we had a test series against the windies same time of the year back in 2001 - so it's not like u can't play cricket in nov-dec. its just that the weather patterns messed up.

  • Vilander on December 5, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    WI have done pretty well to compete against the SL in SL..heartening to see WI get back in some form...

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 5, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    I am really happy that Sri Lanka have dropped to 5th in the world rankings. While they are a better team than Australia, England are far better than them.

  • emperoreresh on December 5, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    matches should be scheduled marking the fact of weather cause the state-of-the-art technology is well ahead of time that the forecast can b learned pretty earlier.

    @ sanga : no one has anything to do with it.

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    November and December constitute the main rainy season in Sri Lanka ( the Maha rains) when it rains all over the Island. This has been the case for eons of time and this rain cannot in any way be considered unusual or unseasonal. To my recollection, we have never played International cricket in Sri Lanka during these months. The fault lies entirely with Sri Lanka Cricket for fixing a tour during this period. The secretary of the Board is clearly unaware of the NE Monsoon season and has on the one hand, blamed the earlier Board for fixing the dates and on the other hand stated that the rains are unusual. What a waste!

  • DeAmO on December 5, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    It is a well known FACT, that November through early December are pretty wet here in Sri Lanka. Choosing to ignore this fact is much more than incompetent, its embarrassing! Its a great injustice to the players, fans and even the sponsors!!! A bilateral series such as this is deserves more planning and respect....