Sri lanka cricket on the decline

Sri Lanka find themselves in an all too familiar situation. They now find themselves with their backs to the wall, and facing a series defeat to India at home. The second since loosing to the Indians in August of 2008.

Under Mahela's captaincy Sri Lanka has lost the prestige it once held which was it's impeccable home record. That's now a thing of the past and the Lankans are playing a game that reflects well on it's low 7th place ranking in the ICC ODI team rankings.

None of it's batsman appear in the top ten list of the ICC ODI batting rankings. As a team Sri Lanka has struggled to find a strong playing eleven to present a consistent team since World Cup 2007. Many changes have taken place since the last  World Cup -  many players have come and gone. Sri Lanka is constantly a team in transition and all this looks bleak for the 2011 World Cup.
The 2nd ODI at the RPS was crucial in context of this current  series for Sri Lanka. Mahela lost the toss, can this man not call tails for once? The bowlers looked aimless. Kulasekara's first over to Sehwag was short and wide. He persisted with a line wide outside off-stump and decided to unleash his stock ball in-swinger on off-stump, which eventually ended up flicked on the on-side.

Nuwan has an incredible ability to bowl an in-swinger virtually on call. His natural wrist position aides him and allows him to swing the ball into the right handed batsman. Instead of using this ability as a potent weapon it is wasted. Nuwan should be concentrating on bowling out swingers, or even a ball that holds its line, and unleash the in-swinger as a surprise weapon. 

The youngster  is faced with restrictive field placings and no direction. Mahela should leave the slips now and then and come over to mid on. He should encourage dialogue with his bowlers on what the plan is.

At the moment the Sri Lankan seamers are bowling without an over all team plan. Going in to matches against teams like India, South Africa, or Australia with no proper direction will always mean that our success rate will be equal to gambling odds.

It didn't help when Mahela dropped Yuvraj Singh in Mendis' very first over. Mistakes like that by the skipper and dropped chances from the first game has left Sri Lanka looking down the barrel - the series stands at 2-0 India. That's right - India hasn't out played Sri Lanka in either game - Lanka just sucked big time. Sri Lanka did not look a polished outfit.

They have lacked that professional touch for awhile now. It took an innings of 33 from lower order batsman Murali to win matches against Bangladesh. What hope does the 7th rank team have against a team like India?

Sri Lanka Cricket has been plagued by various issue which has let to this over all down fall. The standard of umpiring has been appalling by the two Sri Lankan officials on duty in this series. It appears that with a cricket board which lacks proper administration, and a governing body that's constantly changing hands, all areas of Sri Lanka's cricket is on the decline.

The ICC recently had a board meeting in Perth. The meeting was to address important issues such as the raw deal Sri Lanka gets in the ICC's Future Tours Program and the ICL issue. Instead of sending Sri Lankan representatives capable of noteworthy representation at the meeting, SLC sends two virtual unknowns. One a non entity in the cricket world. A lawyer by profession and a man with close ties to neo sports.

Sri Lanka is on the path to the bottom and I do not foresee change in the near future.


sudeep's picture
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good blog mate..i agree wid u dat our fielding is not upto the mark..n we wil have 2 play vry hard 2 beat india in d nxt 3 odis...

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We'd better pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off  in time for 2011 WC

Only 2 years and 3 weeks to go before Srilanka co-host the ICC Cricket World Cup with India,Pakistan & Bangladesh
We have 8 games at home, don't want to fail at our home for the biggy do we?
All these changes to the team is a big worry. We have so many talented players, why can't we pick a proper side and stick to it

(Last edited by SMSD on February 1, 2009 - 05:28)
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some sad truths there mate. Gosh doin the basics wrong and bowling with no plan is a recipe for disaster and we know they r better than that. Fair point abt Mahela fielding at mid on, he does sometimes when he is not at 1st slip.

Gd point that we are surrendering meekly and yes if we r struggling v Zim and Bangla of course we r gna struggle v India. Gta pick ourselves up before Tues as we know this team has it in them, eg. Asia Cup win was excellent and the Pkn ODI wins.

Mahela gets a decent score :D and Kandambi was outstanding. Shame abt the toss :-( India wouldnt come close to 241 under lights at RPS, hope thats proven on Tues.

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Yes what you said is true. Our form is on decline. I am not trying to make any excuses here but, rubber of the green is not going our way at all. Starting from game one look how many catches landed on no man’s land when Gambeer and raina was batting ? During 1st two overs of dhoni it appeared like he is going to get out very soon because there was so many edgers, near misses. Even 3rd umpires decision on kulasekara's catch went against us.
And even in 2nd ODI shevag, gambeer, raina and dhoni all of them played very poor shots but yet again ball landed on no man’s land. Sanath's shot which he played to got himself out , on many other situation it would have been gone for 6 but ball finds the edge of his bat but unlike indian batsmen he found the fielder as well. I am not trying to make any excuses but incident like these change whole phase of the game and the result.
Cricket is a funny game form of any team or any player comes with the luck. 80% of success rate is purely depending on luck. Let’s hope for best of luck to our team.

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Hey Ryan who is the lawyer they sent to perth? Is he sri lankan or are indians now going for our board meetings?

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The two who went for ICC meeting are are Sports Ministry Secretary S. Liyanagama in his capacity as the Competent Authority of Sri Lanka Cricket and lawyer Navin Marapana in his capacity as an advisor to Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge.

Ryan I agree 200% with your blog post above.

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