Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 International captain Lasith Malinga is quite perturbed by his side’s performance during their recently-completed 3-0 series against India. Malinga took complete blame for the humiliating defeat which saw the Islanders return home with a 0-2 series defeat in their latest foreign tour. Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
Returning from the series, the 36-year-old told reporters that Sri Lanka was just not good enough to make an impact in the 20 over game. He said the bowling department were not able to restrict opponents while the batsmen were incapable of putting up the 170 runs needed for a fighting chance in a match. Also Read - India vs England, 3rd Test: The Top Facts About Motera Stadium
“We don’t have that,” Malinga said, adding that it was unfair to expect a winning performance from the team given they were ranked just ninth in the world when returned to captaincy just over a year ago. Also Read - Govt Permits Pakistan PM Imran Khan to Use Indian Airspace For His Maiden Visit To Sri Lanka
But he added that he was “ready to accept” his responsibility for the team’s performance. “I am ready any time. I am ready to quit,” he said.
According to a report in Sri Lanka daily, Sunday Island, there were visible frictions in the Sri Lanka team since Malinga took over captaincy. “There seems to be deep divisions in the side. As captain, he has also sidelined his predecessors” including Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews, the paper said.
The first match in Guwahati was abandoned after rain, but India won the second by India by seven wickets and the third by 78 runs.
Malinga led Sri Lanka to the T20 World Cup title in 2014 and remained in charge until early 2016. His return to the top job in December 2018 was a surprise as he had lost his spot in the team after recurring injuries forced him to sit out several tournaments.