Sri Lanka have a spin-bowling problem and we need to talk about it

The pitches have become disproportionately conducive for spin bowling since Mahela’s retirement.

Strengthening this line of argument is the fact that the percentage of overs bowled by the spinners during epoch II b has seen an astonishing surge for both the home team and the visitors. Before Murali’s retirement, 60.62% of the overs were bowled by spinners for Sri Lanka and 44.42% for oppositions. This has increased to 70.35% for Sri Lanka and 61.33% for the visiting teams. Unless the pitches offer disproportionately high assistance to the spinners, there is no way you can see such a dramatic increase in the percentage of overs bowled by spinners.

Despite this fact, the Sri Lankan spinners have averaged 29.34 with the ball which is bettered by opposition spinners’ average of 28.05.

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  1. What a great analysis and truth is hard to accept – we are crap to the level that even SENA countries are beating us and out spinning us at home. It really cannot get much sadder and thankful for having lived through the glory years Galle was a fortress.

    In this series, we won the too twice yet could not make 400 in either and our spinners couldn’t control the game despite bowling second!