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Dec 24, 2019

Dimuth blames seniors for lack of support Featured

The Sri Lanka Cricket Team Captain Dimuth Karunaratne said that the team had a proper plan in place but blamed the senior players for failing to give their support to implement this plan.

He said this following the second test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“We should all take responsibility for the defeat. The batsmen cannot be forgiven. Even all the seniors should take responsibility for the defeat and even the start was not satisfactory. In fact, Dikwella played well, but w expected something more from him as he has played for more than 30 test matches. Kusal is a good player but he suddenly falters. The batsmen training should focus on this. He gets out at the same point repeatedly.

Mathews and Chandimal failed to score in the second innings. We expected more than this from Dilruwan. We were at a good point but finally, everything changed. The young players played well though. We cannot afford to mess up in the next game.

We generally don’t play without a plan. It is not easy when there is a target of 476. We wanted to play for 1 ½ days.”

Expressing his views over losing a test series in Pakistan after 27 years and about Kusal Mendis, Dimuth said, “There were several places that we failed in. We were at a good point but then we lost wickets within short intervals. We did not have strong partnerships.  Except in the first innings, we failed in our bowling by allowing too many boundaries. In fact, Kusal is an experienced player with good technical ability. He performs well and suddenly his performance drops. During this series, we noticed that he got out in the same manner. Mendis needs to correct this situation immediately with the assistance of the coaches. He is the one who knows his mentality best and therefore, he needs to correct his mistakes. When a team comprises of around six batsmen and a few of them fail to perform, it affects the overall performance of the team. Therefore, Kusal Mendis needs to correct his shortcomings.”

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