‘Fear of failure submerging Sri Lanka’ says Jayawardene

'Fear of failure submerging Sri Lanka' says Jayawardene The former World Cup champion Sri Lanka is whirling in the circle of defeat in recent past. Following an embarrassing series defeat against low ranked Zimbabwe outside home, the island nation’s misery ill fate is running along at home soil as well.

After the heavy loss against neighboring India, former Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene said the ‘fear of failure’ impeding the growth of cricket in the country.

“I feel the team’s confidence is low. The fear of failure factor has come out. They don’t look confident, they don’t look hungry enough in the middle. They need to address that and find solutions very quickly,” Jayawardene told Cricinfo.

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“I am sure the guys would be very disappointed with their performance in the Test series. It was a great challenge for them to test themselves against the number one team.

“They didn’t handle certain situations well. First innings batting too let them down when there were no demon in the wickets. They also never looked like getting 20 wickets,” said the former Sri Lankan captain.

“Look he is a proactive captain. He is very aggressive. He has a brilliant record to start with, though most of the games were played din India, you still have to win matches.”

“He has led the team from the front so the rest of the boys are following on and off the field. The Test for them now will be playing away from home.

“They have created a good nucleus of players who are taking responsibility. There is good competition for batting and bowling positions,” he said.