It was yet another forgettable day at the office for the Sri Lanka Cricket Team. They were knocked down by Virat Kohli-led side once again in a comfortable manner. Though Sri Lanka were brilliant in patches, it was India, who eventually dominated the series. Speaking of the same, Lasith Malinga feels the youngsters of his side must learn from the mistakes.
Apart from Dhananjaya de Silva and the spinners, none of the Sri Lanka players looked comfortable in the middle. Even Lasith Malinga went for runs alongside the poor show from the senior players like Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka.
We have to get the maximum out of them – Lasith Malinga
Speaking after the match, Lasith Malinga asked his team to learn from the mistakes, which they committed in the series and also expressed his hope to come good in the upcoming series. Further, Malinga felt Wanindu Hasaranga and Sandakan are the positives to take out from this tour.
”I think in these kinds of situations when the conditions were wet, we needed to control the ball better. They (India) got away in the last three overs. But our top-order batsmen got out quickly, and Dhananjaya and Mathews showed us how easy it was to bat here,” Lasith Malinga said.
”We need to learn how to handle these situations better. This is the talent we have in Sri Lanka, and we have to back them and get the maximum out of them in the World Cup. All teams in the world are using wrist spinners, and we have good bowlers in Hasaranga and Sandakan. These are the two bowlers we are looking at going into the World Cup,” he added.
All in all, it was an unsuccessful series for the visitors, with the players failing to match up to the skills of India. Now, the team will travel to Zimbabwe for a couple of Test matches, which will be followed by the home Series against England.