Following Sri Lanka’s whopping defeat in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy against hot favorite South Africa, the country’s former wicket keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara reprimanded the team’s approach in the match.
Mentioning the prototypical performance of the team over the last one year, Sangakkara wrote in his column in ICC-cricket.com, “There was also a lack of clarity in purpose and a confusion in role identification. The players were too timid to decisively commit to their strengths or the situational requirements.” [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ শ্রীলঙ্কাকে ‘ভীতু’ বললেন সাঙ্গাকারা]
Kumar Sangakkara also told that the loss of captain Angelo Matthews prior to the match was a big blow for the team.
“As a Sri Lankan I hope they are able to regroup and commit to a brand of cricket that fully displays the wonderful talents and abilities I know they possess” – he said.
The legendary wicket keeper batsman, therefore, criticized the selection of the team saying, “They choose the more conservative option and decided to bolster the batting, playing just four specialist bowlers with Asela Gunaratne as the fifth bowler. It was a big gamble given the strength of South Africa’s batting line up and the fact that Lasith Malinga was playing his first ODI since long time.”