We've let down the whole country: Sri Lanka captain Mathews after 10-run loss to England in World T20

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews added that the loss of Lasith Malinga from the World T20 squad due to injury was also a massive blow for them.

hidden March 27, 2016 12:44:11 IST
We've let down the whole country: Sri Lanka captain Mathews after 10-run loss to England in World T20

New Delhi: Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has made no bones about the fact that the team has let the country down with their recent performances which resulted in their ouster from the ICC World T20.

For the record, Sri Lanka has won only against UAE and Afghanistan in their last 10 T20 Internationals, failing to beat any Test playing nation.

"I think it has been a disappointing few months for Sri Lankan cricket. We have let down the fans, let down the whole country. We haven't played good cricket at all," Mathews said at the post-match media conference late last night after England beat Sri Lanka by 10 runs to progress to the semi-finals and knock the islanders out of the tournament.

"All we can do is stick to a combination, not try and change the team too much. We should try and pick about 20 players and re-evaluate them, say after 6 months. Give them opportunity to settle down and then try and see what they have come up with, in terms of performances. Then we can take a call as quick decisions won't solve this matter. We need to be patient," said Mathews.

Weve let down the whole country Sri Lanka captain Mathews after 10run loss to England in World T20

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. Getty Images

He said that missing regular T20 captain Lasith Malinga was a big blow but there is no excuse for such shoddy performance.

"It was big blow losing Lasith Malinga. He has won us so many games and it was a big blow for the whole team. We have got slightly better with each game but it's not an excuse. This is big stage and we haven't performed well," said Mathews, dejection palpable in his body language.

Mathews was happy that they could come this close after being four down for 15 within the first three overs.

"It was a close game to be honest. After losing 4 wickets upfront, it was a good comeback by the batting unit. But at the end of the day, we lost and credit to England team for holding their nerves."

About his counter-attacking innings, Mathews said that he had nothing to lose at that stage when he started taking on the English bowlers. "We had nothing to lose at 15 for four. We were running out of overs. Myself and Kapu (Chamara Kapugedara) thought, that we would target a few bowlers and it worked.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen with me at the end. It was a good wicket but I did not have a batter with me at the other end. In that case, I could have given him strike. Credit should be given to Ben Stokes, as he bowled a brilliant last over. The England batsmen also did a splendid job after we had restricted them in the first six overs. They just kept on attacking," he said.

PTI

Updated Date:

also read

PSL 2021: PCB CEO Wasim Khan says tournament in Abu Dhabi a 'perfect precursor' to T20 World Cup
First Cricket News

PSL 2021: PCB CEO Wasim Khan says tournament in Abu Dhabi a 'perfect precursor' to T20 World Cup

The ICC have already lined up the United Arab Emirates as the backup venue for the Twenty20 World Cup if India can’t stage it on home soil starting in mid-October.

T20 World Cup set to be moved out of India, ICC intimidated internally, says report
First Cricket News

T20 World Cup set to be moved out of India, ICC intimidated internally, says report

While the UAE were always the first back-up option, Oman's capital Muscat has been added as the fourth venue, apart from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, for the tournament that will start in the last week of October.

ICC 'needs certainty' on BCCI’s ability to host T20 World Cup in India, says interim CEO Geoff Allardice
First Cricket News

ICC 'needs certainty' on BCCI’s ability to host T20 World Cup in India, says interim CEO Geoff Allardice

The BCCI has sought time till 28 June to decide on whether it can host the T20 World Cup in India as a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected during the meet in October-November.