Sri Lanka were pathetic but predictable

Let's face it. Sri Lanka were pathetic right throughout the tournament. They showed glimpses of their true potential against weaker opposition, whose low standards of bowling and fielding kept our semi final hopes alive.

The West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe bowled poorly to Jayawardene, fielded poorly and aided our batters immensely to give our bowlers a total to defend against batsmen who have historically struggled against spin. Against India, Mathews, Perera, and Kapugedera stood up to the plate, but victory came off the last ball; not convincing at all.

When faced up with more relentless and professional opposition, Sri Lanka caved. Demoralising defeats against Australia and England, and the 5 wicket loss against South Africa in the warm-up match, all points to the fact that Sri Lanka hasn't evolved much as a side since the 1990s.

The batsmen produced in the last decade have all resembled batsmen before them. Sri Lanka is yet to produce a batsman who can stand his own ground on fast, bouncy wickets against bowlers clocking 140K's and above. They showed us again today with Dilshan, Jayawardene and Jayasuriya's dismissals that our top order is still vulnerable to pace, swing and bounce.  We are largely a one dimensional side that thrives on batting friendly tracks. The sooner we face reality, the better.

To get out of this rut, playing at the IPL, or even trying to create bouncy tracks in Sri Lanka will not help. It is time that our bankrupt Board (SLC) stops playing India every two months and considers sending our blokes to England to play a few seasons of county cricket, or even strike a deal with Cricket Australia to start pumping our players into their domestic shield sides in exchange for the same.

Today, England bowled intelligently and brilliantly when the wicket offered swing early, and equally brilliantly towards the end. Their batsmen cashed in on the slower ball bouncer when Sri Lankan batsmen struggled to cope with it. Not only did they outdo Sri Lanka with variations in bowling, but their batsmen are now more suited to play on any surface, anywhere on the planet. Not something Sri Lanka can match up to unfortunately.

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Sach's picture
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We have evolved largely as a Test unit and are way above the Test teams of 90s. Sanga is truly a world class batsman in Tests, above or on par with Aravinda. He showed time and again in Australian, SA and NZ that he can handle the bounce - remember the brilliance of that 193? And we've won quite a few matches overseas too.

However, we've only gone down in ODIs (and T20) since then. The limited overs unit of 96 was way better a unit than this despite them not having as many star players as today. One of the main reasons I guess is we are not able to cope the pressure today. Sad but true.

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Very constructive remarks, unlike some others who bash Jayasuriya. send to SL cricket.

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"It is time that our bankrupt Board (SLC) stops playing India every two months and considers sending our blokes to England to play a few seasons of county cricket, or even strike a deal with Cricket Australia to start pumping our players into their domestic shield sides in exchange for the same."

I have some more bad news Jehan.

The above will not happen. The board is not allowing any contracted player to go to England to play county/League Cricket, before the WC2011.

After the "comedy of errors", to put it in Bumble's (David Lloyd, the commentator)terms that was performed yesterday, I sincerely hope that there are at least a couple of members at the SLC board with a few brain cells between them to discuss this decision at the next meeting. And do everything possible to amend it in the interest of Sri Lanka Cricket for a change.

Apart from being a very stupid step, this decision is grossly unfair to most of the players who don't have a chance in hell to get into Word Cup 2011 squad (i.e. Test players etc).

st's picture

now our sole motive should be 2011 worldcup which will be held in the subcontinent.now to prepare for that we have to play most of our matches here and not in english county there.with less than a year to go for the worldcup it will be foolish to send our players to play in county there.yes they can talk about that after the worldcup.but they can send other domestic players to foreign circuit

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In that case, why are we sending our already overworked and knackered players to the other side of the world to Africa & the United State?

Aren't they going to benefit more from going home to rest before the Asia cup and practice more under subcontinental conditions. Or even playing a mini provincial type tournament back home?

Our sole motive seems to be lining the pockets of the people in charge.

There is a forthcoming tour of Australia in October, an England tour of Sri Lanka (with Tests)in the Spring/Summer 2011. There a lot to gain from allowing (at least some of the contracted players who will not get selected for WC 2011 squad) to go play county Cricket. At least we still have some kind chance of beating other countries in Tests.

st's picture

it is being heard that they are sending a relatively second string team to africa headed by dilshan.

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yeah send the players to Eng or Aus to play county/state cricket. they have to learn to face pace and bounce. and i would love to see mahela, dilly, mathews etc come to manchester to old trafford!

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to be fair SMSD, the trip from West Indies to USA is not far!

SMSD's picture
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True, it's only a short hop from where they are at the moment.

My comments were aimed more at a "blanket ban" on all players going to play county/League Cricket
IMO, it's not fair for players that have very little chance of getting selected for WC2011, like Test players.

I still think that it would've been more beneficial if the players who already signed up for English clubs were allowed to play at least for few weeks till the Asia cup and let the players who are considered better suited for the longer version of the game were allowed to play in England.

The other thing,Why go all the way to Africa to play India in Zimbabwe. We are playing India (AGAIN)in July. Let's face it, hammering Zimbabwe is only going to lure our Cricketers into a falls sense of security and superiority. LOL. We need some stiff competition to learn the hard way.

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