Sri Lanka have been struggling since 2015. They have had a poor year in 2017. With the team not doing well over a period of a time, Mathews finds difficulty to motivate his mates.
“I think as a team we would strive as the best and we want to play good cricket. Keep improving every single game. That is our main target. Winning is very important but when you are building a team for the 2019 World Cup, you have got to look at all the angles. And just build a team and try and play competitive cricket. Not think of the result too much, do the processes well and the results will take care of itself,” he said.
“It is quite difficult to keep the team motivated when you are not doing well. But this is our job. You got to motivate yourselves and the guys are all motivated. Just one or two losses or a few losses here and there should not put us in a bad situation. A few months ago in the Champions Trophy we won against a strong Indian side. So the team won’t be bad after a few months. It is the same team more or less and we have the skill and we have got the talent. We just need to go out there and enjoy.
Zimbabwe won a bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka by 3-2 last year. That was the series when Mathews resigned from captaincy. He will be leading the Lankan side again against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
The series-winning squad in Sri Lanka did not have Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis, who later returned to Zimbabwe from county cricket. The Sri Lankan skipper is not taking Zimbabwe lightly.
“Zimbabwe have played very well in Sri Lanka. It was not only that, we played badly, but they had also played very well. They are a good team and as you know, all their players have come back to play for their country. Now they have got even stronger. It is going to be a challenge and we look forward to it,” he explained.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com