Sri Lanka limited overs captain Upul Tharanga has requested for patience and support from the fans after the hosts were thrashed 3-0 in the Test series.
Lanka lost the first Test by 304 runs, and the next two by an innings margin. Speaking about the same, Tharanga was quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report, “Every team goes through a rough patch. This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are.”
He went on to remind fans and critics, “Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years – don’t forget this now when we are going through a rough patch.
“Obviously there are some things we can’t openly discuss due to strategic reasons but there are certain areas behind the scenes that need to fall into place for us. These areas are being taken care of, and we are seeing the results behind the scenes – however it will take a little more time for it to be seen externally, so please have patience, and most importantly have faith,” he further requested.
Expressing confidence that Sri Lanka will perform better in the shorter formats, Tharanga stated, “Sri Lanka have always been stronger in our white-ball format, and I am confident that we will come out strong and beat India. We have the talent, we have the skill. We have been putting in the hard work, we just need the spirit, and for that we need your support too.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent