When your country takes part in a major world event that have the eyes of the world, and we mean the entire world, such as the uber cool ICC Champions trophy, you cannot help but get sucked in to believing they will do well.
Even though there are plenty of signs to the contrary and know you will end up looking like a fucktard to your self, let alone others.
Sri Lanka are ranked 7 or 8th in the ICC rankings. I don’t know exactly because no one really cares unless you are in the top 3.
There is a reason for that. Actually there are plenty of them. The problem with Sri Lanka is that when they are good, they are really good.
But when they are bad they are as entertaining as a Britney Spears song.
The results over the last two years reflect this to a tee. 27 wins to 25 losses. Good one day, shithouse the next.
Over the last year or so the Sri Lankan top order all have averages below 35, apart from Dilshan who just happens to be in the form of his new life with 49.
And without Sangakkara’s support it really would have been a one man effort.
The general demise of our own Splendid Mendis as a potent threat and his relative shitting himself without Murali has cast small shadow of doubt, even in our minds, about whether he can lead the attack in his stead.
While most were surprised that Sri Lanka were knocked out of the Champions trophy, for anyone who have followed them over the last two years it was a typical performance.
A rampaging backed up by engaging in the worst possible act in world cricket- losing to England in an ODI.
In 25 games or so, Sri Lanka have only managed to get past 250 on 9 occasions. They simply do not bad consistently well enough to win matches regularly.
That is why they are ranked some where no one cares about, Have no batsmen in the top 10 ODI rankings, keep losing at home and have been sent home packing from SA.
Sangakkara might think Sri Lanka’s fielding is appalling, but their batting is not much better.