'Not too unhappy' with our team performance, says Sri Lankan chief selector
Sri Lankan chief selector Ashantha de Mel is not "too unhappy" with his team performance in the recent T-20I against New Zealand.
Lasith Malinga's boys lost first two matches (five wickets and four wickets) in Kandy with the last to be played on Friday.
"We did not lose the last match very badly. It was a close fight and had there not been a collision between the two fielders, we could have possibly won the match. The fielder (Shehan Jayasuriya) already had a catch", speaking exclusively over telephone from Kandy, he said.
In fact, Sri Lankan team has created the World record (for which no player would be proud of) of losing the most (59) T20Is.
"We are not far behind to other teams. Even New Zealand, which is the best side in limited over games has lost 56 and Australia 54 matches".
"The players of the other teams play several T-20s all over the world, these countries have their own leagues. Their players have more experience and skills compared to our players", de Mel further added.
"I was watching the ball very closely from long on and went after the catch. Did not notice (Kushal) Mendis coming right from deep mid-wicket and this unfortunate collision happened. I had already held the ball in my hand but was pushed out of the rope....", Shehan Jayasuriya, speaking exclusively over telephone from Kandy explained about the sequence of the incident.
On Wednesday, Kushal Mendis was taken to a hospital (accompanied by team physio, liaison officer and the security man) for MRI to ascertain damage to the knee ligaments, it was learnt. Slightly limping Jayasuriya was better.
However, both are ruled out for the last match in a dead rubber on Friday.