A rather depressed SL fan sends this one in
It was on the 22 of July 2010 that Sri Lanka defeated an Indian team that had a supreme batting line-up. 14 months later, they don’t look like winning a Test for a while.
Sri Lanka’s saviour Muttiah Muralitharan finished his Test career with a bang. Subsequent retirement of Lasith Malinga hasn’t helped Sri Lanka since other pace bowlers and the mystery spinner have failed to perform. Even batting seems to be in a shambles these days. Sri Lankans were saved by rain when a weak West Indian team was just about to humiliate Sri Lanka at home.
Under the new captain Tillekeratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s pathetic plight continued as several senior players had given no importance to England tour when they signed lucrative IPL contracts. Their 2 best players arrived in England late & failed miserably when it mattered. One of them seemed to be more interested in writing how good England were rather than getting some real match practice. The other somehow managed to save Sri Lanka from a 2-0 defeat when he scored a hundred in the 3rd Test and later admitted that one needs more time in England to get used to conditions. He blamed hot IPL cheerleaders for his late arrival in England.
After a disappointing Test series in England, Sri Lankans were set to trouble Australians at home to win The Warne-Muralitharan Trophy. All the talk was about how Sri Lankan spinners were going to bamboozle the Aussies. Dilshan praised Sri Lankan spinners a day before the 1st Test and didn’t forget to say how mediocre Australian spinners were. Off spinner Nathan Lyon’s 5-34 to restrict Sri Lanka to 105 made Dilshan look like a fool. The World’s best wicketkeeper recorded 2 ducks at no.6 when he was sent to bat in front of Angelo Mathews. Despite the defeat, coach Rumesh Ratnayake called their team mechanics “wonderful”. Sending the wicketkeeper at 6 again in the 2nd Test must have been a result of those “wonderful” team mechanics. It’s not a surprise that Dilshan is asking for a psychiatric.
The Bowling is a big worry. Suranga Lakmal needs some healthy food to keep his rhythm going for 3-4 over spells. Sri Lanka should give him whatever Duleep Mendis is eating. It’s a guarantee that you won’t get any smarter but that food will help Lakmal to bulk up. Prasad is a full time pie chucker with a rare good spell. What can Pradeep & Eranga do at this level? It was a matter of how long teams would take to start reading Mendis. Randiv & Prasanna don’t seem to be Test material. Will Senanayake ever get a chance to play for Sri Lanka now that his action is reported? Obviously they don’t have anything even remotely close to Muralitharan, Vaas & Malinga.
If batsmen can pile up on big scores, you don’t always need quality bowlers to win Test matches, goodish ones will do. The problem is that even the batting might become a big worry in 3 years. Sangakkara, Mahela, Samaraweera & Dilshan might retire in 3 years. Do they have players ready to replace these seniors at Test level?
The future looks bleak for Sri Lanka. Are we the next Bangladesh?