Is this the downfall of Srilankan cricket ?

We can observe that standard of Sri Lanka cricket has decreased since last few years. After back-to-back series losses and the recent 2-1 ODI series loss against Bangladesh we can clearly see these are more worrying signs for Sri Lankan cricket board. Sri Lanka had a new look side with a new captain Kusal parera whose hundred on 3rd ODI saved them from being white washed but despite this he could not convert his start into a decent score in his 1st two matches.

Sri Lanka’s major concerns has been their relatively inexperienced batting line-up which has not been able to deliver when needed. Their batting unit completely failed to score runs in the slower tracks of Bangladesh. Sri Lanka has been losing to all the test playing nations whether at home or away. They have not had a smooth transition since the retirement of their senior players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakara, Tilakratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga.

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For a team that had reached the World Cup final three times and has a proud cricketing culture, it is a worrying sign. Srilanka’s legandary bowler Muttiah Muralitharan once on a interview with Hindustan times said “Sri Lanka of late hasn’t produced enough talent. In the last three to four years, the talent is lacking. Even when the talent is spotted, they don’t know how to play. Coaches don’t make cricketers. Coaches can only tell you the basics. It then boils down to the effort of an individual and his desire to succeed”.

On a slightly positive note, Sri Lanka would be pleased with their bowlers as there has been few bowlers with whom the board would rely upon for few years. Dusmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, Akila dananjaya, Asitha Fernando are few names who has been performing since few years for Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Kusal mendis, Nirosan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva are few young batsman with whom the Lankan board should rely upon.

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