Sangakkara backs angry Dilshan
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara told Tillakaratne Dilshan to stay angry despite the opener losing out to Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait in an ugly World Cup war of words.
Dilshan and Tait were locked in a furious exchange when the Sri Lankan star edged through the slips for a boundary at the start of Saturday’s abandoned match in Colombo.
He then pulled away from the crease just as Tait went into his delivery stride, before the speedster had his man next ball, courtesy of a slip catch.
“Dilshan has been our best performer over the last few years. He has won us so many games so we just want him to go out and we want him to be focused and keep his aggression,” said Sangakkara.
Dilshan made just four runs against Australia having made 50 in the game with Canada, 41 against Pakistan and 44 against Kenya.
“In cricket you have instances where not everyone shines every day. You always get matches where certain people shine and some don’t,” added the captain.
“I think batsmen go through certain phases. The most important thing at all times in high-performance situations is to maintain equilibrium, make sure that your emotions remain the same at all times.”
Sri Lanka tackle Zimbabwe on Thursday in a crucial Group A game.
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this silly australien they were trying always to put down our srilanken cricketers and our country.first of all they startet with muraly,they could not succeeded.then they tried with human rights allegation also they did not have any succes.so therefore our cricketers to be very pation, and we can always win against those unsporty unfair crickerters.
Mr P, suggest you undergo training in the english language to improve your spelling. your blogs are disgraceful. According to DC, you will be writing blogs about Indian Criket in the Hindu, shortly.
he this is a gentleman’s game and played by gentleman anyway the Australian’s keep proving from time to time that they are not eligible to be called gentleman but a group of very bad loosers who will do anything to win a gentleman’s game of cricket so its not surprising that this guy in the yellow kit showed his credentials to prove he is a true Australian cricketer well done keep it up but remember it will be a Australian srilankan final this year too and you and this time rain will not help you poor loosers
I wouldn’t waste my time slamming the Australians. Despite the failure in the recent Ashes series, they are the best in the World.
Sport is not “sport” anymore. Series such as the World Cup and IPL are in the hands of the bookmakers in the sub-continent.
But the Australians have stayed away from the influence of money. Instead, the Australians are good at influencing the game with psychological tools. Sri Lanka adopted this approach rules in 1996; Arjuna was a master of psycho tactics on and off the field. Some outstanding instances are (1) Arjuna’ s threat to walk off the field when Murali was “bullied” in Australia (2) his consistent tactics in using runners while he was in the crease disrupting focus of the fielders and bowlers (3) his tactic of leisurely walking across the pitch to his colleague at the other end and discussing issues in a leisurely manner (4) his off the field comments demonstrating superior attitudes and sledging opposition teams and cricket administration.
The Australians have adopted psycho tactics all along. See how they “rubbished” Murali from day one and then, videod all his bowling and trained the entire team on how to respond to Murali. Murali’s wicket taking in matches with Australia is the lowest in his portfolio.
If Sri Lanka has a problem with Australian behaviour in the field, the Team as a group, should undertake a “Root Cause Analysis” and determine the causes for the Australian behaviour. Therefter, they should develop strategies and processess to deal with the Australian behaviour and train its team in the adoption of tactics that will effectively nullify the Australian behaviour.
Each time an Australian cricketer sledges a SL cricketer, if the Captain and team management bark (as they do so now) the incident is not being responded to in a proper and efective manner and the sledging (and the barking in response) will continue.