Lankans must shed the negative mentality
Second Test against India begins today:
The Sri Lankans will do well to shed their negative mentality when
they meet India in the Second of Three Test matches beginning at Kanpur
Had the Lankans been more positive and remembered that attack is the
best form of defence,they could have turned the game in their favour and
probably registered that first ever elusive victory against India in
But after making a massive 760 for seven in reply to India’s 426, the
Lankans went on the defensive and instead of posting attacking fields
went on the defensive and thereby let slip any chance the had of
chalking up a victory. The posting of defensive fields was inexplicable
considering that India in taking second strike and having 351 to score
to make Sri Lanka bat again would have been apprehensive and would have
not played the attacking cricket that are famous for, but would
concentrated on saving the game.
It was a sad sight to see deep set fields that allowed the Indians to
push the singles and rotate the strike and when the left hand right hand
combination of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag and Gambhir and Rahul
Dravid were batting it would have been upsetting to the bowlers because
every time they took a single, the bowler would have been forced to
alter his line and length.
When against the ropes, no batsman would like to see fielders
crowding him. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara would have been well advised to
post a slip and gully, silly mid off and silly mid on with possibly a
leg slip when the spinners were on which would have had the batsmen like
cats on a hot tin roof.
We wonder what coaches Trevor Bayliss and new man Stuart Law were
They should have stepped in and told Sangakkara to change his line of
thinking and go more on the attack.
There is no point in making excuses and blaming things on the wicket.
Any positive thinking captain or intelligent and clever bowler would
have known how to lure a batsman out and not wait for the batsman to
make a mistake.
The four Indian batsmen who were out in the second innings did not
fall to good bowling.
Sehwag and Gambhir were out to utterly irresponsible shots. They
should have been given six of the best on their back sides. Dravid went
LBW and Misra went to a great catch. Only the knave would want to lay
blame on the wicket for this draw. The home team has the prerogative to
prepare wickets, and this they did considering the bowling power of the
We can’t also understand the Lankans wanting to play rugby or
football before a big game.
These games are contact sport and the players are open to injury.
Dilshan suffered an ankle sprain, but thankfully recovered to take his
place and churn out a fine century.
He suffered a nose injury and at the time of writing, news has it
that he would play in the Second Test. Now comes the news that Dhammika
Prasad who performed well in the Ahmedabad Test having to miss the
Second Test with a hamstring injury.
We would like to see Dilhara Fernando being given a go. His express
pace could worry the Indian batsmen.
In the closing stages of the First Test and when the mandatory overs
began, it was nauseating to watch Prasad, Matthews and Herath bowling
wide down the off and leg where batsmen could not reach the ball.
Obviously they would have been under instructions and it was unbecoming
considering that the Sri Lankans were known to play the game in the
spirit with winning or losing not the thing but how they played the game
because for them the game was the thing.
They were doing this to deprive Sachin Tendulkar of his century.
It was also poor thinking by skipper Sangakkara to ask Tendulkar
whether they would call off the game.
Tendulkar snubbed that request by saying that he was interested in
scoring his century. And once he achieved it, Tendulkar agreed to call
It is this kind of poor sportsmanship that could go to deprive us of
the “Spirit of cricket’ award again when the next ICC awards ceremony
comes around. Under Mahela Jayawardena we won that coveted award two
The Lankans took honours in the drawn First Test. We hope they will
continue that way and finally chalk up that elusive victory.
Once again Dilshan, the Jayawardenas, Kumar Sangakkara although he
failed and Angelo Matthews would make big runs and that spinners
Muralitheran and Herath and Ajantha Mendis if he plays, for the injured
Prasad would bundle out the Indians.