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Published on: Aug 24, 2017
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene feels the confidence of the current team is down, and hence they are not able to deliver proper results. After losing the one-day series to Zimbabwe at home, they were trashed 3-0 in the Tests by India. They were also given a pasting in the first of the five ODIs.
"I feel the team's confidence is low. The fear of failure factor has come out. They don't look confident, they don't look hungry enough in the middle. They need to address that and find solutions very quickly," Jayawardene was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
On the disaster in the Tests against India, he added, "I am sure the guys would be very disappointed with their performance in the Test series. It was a great challenge for them to test themselves against the number one team.
"They didn't handle certain situations well. First innings batting too let them down when there were no demon in the wickets. They also never looked like getting 20 wickets," he further said.
Jayawardene was effusive in his praise for Virat Kohli though. "Look he is a pro active captain. He is very aggressive. He has a brilliant record to start with, though most of the games were played din India, you still have to win matches.
"He has led the team from the front so the rest of the boys are following on and off the field. The Test for them now will be playing away from home,” Jayawardene went on to add.
--By A Cricket Correspondent