Sri Lankan Cricket never got better after their heartbreaking loss in the 2011 Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai. Continues series losses against England, Australia, without even a one series victory seems to drag SLC to hell. The one main aspect towards their horrible loss of match winning ability is that the team always played in a negative approach.More than anything batting has been a major letdown & the bowling and fielding aspect are resonable but not exciting.
The Sri Lankan team long renowned to play challenging yet very exciting cricket, at present looks under cooked, fragile, childish and raw similar to Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. The team looks to lack energy, fire, unity, hunger, consistent performance & very sadly their match winning ability.
Sri Lankan Cricketers seems to fall for ‘few great players exit from the team & we are to weep’, which starts their negative approach in the team. Yes, Murali, Vaas & Jayasuriya were irreplaceable players but saying that you need to move on to better cricketers that you got.
Dilshan on the other hand seems to be more of stressful cricketer than a captain for Sri Lanka as his own batting performance questions his existence in the team itself, Metaphorically speaking TM Dilshan will never be a good captain as now he seems to grow into the job filled with losses behind him and that will freak him out soon to either quit his job or to be dumped out of the team.
Mahela Jayawardene an iconic cricketer in the SLC team has clearly lost his good run of form against Pakistan on his quest to complete 10000 runs, not even managing to pass 40 runs even in one innings in the 3 test series. However Mahela is good enough cricketer to learn from his mistakes and strategize a way to find form hopefully in the ODIs.
Kumar Sangakkara one of the best left hand batsmen in the world today completed 516 runs in the 3 test series against Pakistan. Sanga also has been having an up & down time after the CWC 2011, but as they say “form is temporary class is permanent”. Sanga manages to rescue his image as a legendary cricketer.
Angelo Mathews also was having a good run with the bat seems to forgotten his pace days and sadly turning in to an only batsman. 2 years ago I remember against India he took 6 wickets in the Compaq Cup when the commentator asked Angelo when he received the Man of the Match award “ are u a batting all-rounder or a balling all-rounder’’ , Angelo replied “I am genuine all-rounder who is capable to do both batting & bowling equally”. It is sad that his quadriceps injury has pulled him away from bowling.
However SLC should find a way to get winning results or they may well be soon at a position where West Indies, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe are occupying currently in ICC rankings. Sri Lanka needs to work all round mostly their batting where they have been woeful.