Former Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan has reckoned that Sri Lanka has forgotten how to win after their recent loss to India from a winning position in the second ODI. It was well set up for a big win for Sri Lanka as India was struggling with almost 90 runs to get in the last 15 overs with just three wickets left.
Two heroes stepped up at the right occasion for India with the bat as Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played the situation perfectly. They started off slowly, got the singles with some off boundaries and it was a superlative inning from Deepak Chahar, especially who is playing just his 5th ODI and he finished off with an unbeaten 69 to take India home.
Muttiah Muralitharan Stresses On Sri Lanka’s Poor Form
Muttiah Muralitharan mentioned that Sri Lanka has been going through a rough patch of form for a long time now and it has costed them badly as they had found ways to lose from winning positions. He had predicted earlier that India might struggle if they lose an early wicket and it did happen, but Sri Lanka wasn’t able to take advantage of it.
“I have told before, Sri Lanka don’t know the winning ways. They have forgotten how to win for the last so many years. It’s tough for them. I told before the lunch, if Sri Lanka takes three wickets in the first 10-15 overs India is going to struggle and actually India struggled. Big effort from Chahar and Bhuvneshwar their and they made them win.”Muttiah Muralitharan told
Muralitharan Points Out The Sri Lankan Mistakes
Muttiah Muralitharan mentioned that Sri Lanka should have bowled the leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga earlier as he was more threatening among the bowlers. He added that keeping Hasaranga until the end, meant that Chahar and Bhuvneshwar could get set and take their time. It could have gone either way if India managed to lose one wicket but Sri Lanka fell to the trap in the end.
“They did some mistakes, they should have bowled out Hasaranga. Rather than keeping him, they should have bowled him and tried to take a wicket. If they had taken one wicket out of Bhuvneshwar or Chahar, then two tailenders are coming and it would have been tough to chase about 8 or 9 runs per over. Its an inexperienced side” he added
Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the legendary spinners who holds the record for the most number of wickets in ODIs and in the Test formats.