Sanga wants SL to concentrate on 2019 World Cup

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Former Test captain Kumar Sangakkara has urged the Sri Lankan team to rethink its strategies moving forward after the team’s failed campaign in the six-nation Asia Cup tournament.

The five-time winners crashed out in the first round after humiliating defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

“We need to find out whether we have the right strategy in place. Whether we should change it or stick to it. Results on tours are important, but the larger picture should be the 2019 World Cup. We need to have a settled batting lineup. We need to identify the openers, identify who our number three is going to be and who is going to bat at number six and things like that.

“Those players whom we have identified need to be given an extended run. You need to have specific chats with players explaining what is expected of each of them.”

Some of the changes that Sri Lanka did during the Asia Cup like reversing the roles of Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera backfired. While Mendis opened the innings, Perera batted at number four. Mendis was dismissed without scoring on both occasions.

“The confidence levels drop if they are moved up and down. You need to identify the engine room of the batting lineup from number one to four and others should play around them. With two new balls, your openers are vital. Number three and four are very important as well and they have to shoulder most of the burden in batting.

“Then, of course, number five and six, they need to be able to accelerate and, in case if there’s a top order collapse, they should be able to steady the innings. They need to clarify the roles and have an idea what is required of each player,” Sangakkara said.

“Why they have inconsistent results is that they are yet to get settled. They need to build a team culture, a team strategy. They need to persevere with a set of players consistently for the biggest tournament in cricket.”(Hindustan Times)

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  • Rajiv Thursday, 27 September 2018 05:52 PM

    Sanga for this to take place we should have from the Top to the playing level same wavelength thinking ppl. Here we find the Selectors who have outdated thoughts and Coach in the middle and players totally clueless. Get PPL like Aravinda move those who dont hv anything in the top at least now.

    ET Thursday, 27 September 2018 05:57 PM

    Sanga understands. But the foolish 7million ruppee per month Head Coach says he wud not hv changed anything.Too mich power in one person destroys everything, wether it is executive Presidency or Executive Head Coach cum main selector. Everyone knows Kusal Mendis is a no 3 or 4. Kusal Janith is a openers. Egoistic Head Coach does not admit his mistakes.. Minister get seniors like Mahela, Sanga , Sidath , Aravinda to run cricket ans solve this. Do not make it another PC demarkation. You are famous for onaction too.

    vasaliya Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:06 PM

    Well said. Even idiots like us know Kusal Janith cannot bat down the order. He is best as opener. What goes on in the head of Hathurusinghe is flabbergasting!!! I think he is now feeling the heat. A non performing highly overated coach....basically a glorious "weda bari tarzan"

    Huna Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:33 PM

    Kusal Janith is an opener? lol

    Abzi Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:01 PM

    Common Sanga.You can do it.Get Mahela too to brush up these guys

    City Friday, 28 September 2018 04:15 PM

    Please don't Sanga. SLC stinks and it will spoil your image.

    acs Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:39 PM

    We have bigger issues than a stupid game to worry about in the neat future

    ANTON Thursday, 27 September 2018 07:02 PM

    SORRY SANGA ...... OUR SLC IS CONCENTRATING ON RESHUFFLING , RESHUFFLING AND RESHUFFLING. UNTIL THEY THEMSELVES GET RESHUFFLED.

    Old Saying Thursday, 27 September 2018 07:09 PM

    Angelo Believed

    Dils Thursday, 27 September 2018 07:51 PM

    1st round exit assured

    Upul Thursday, 27 September 2018 08:31 PM

    This great cricketer has identified the issues that the SL cricket facing at the moment. Please listen to him and get help needed to put SL team where they were, without thinking that you know everything Mr. COACH.

    ase Friday, 28 September 2018 09:51 AM

    too many cooks spoil the sup or too many sups spoil the cook, lol

    Redflame Friday, 28 September 2018 04:44 PM

    If Sanga, Mahela and Aravinda join as Consultants we can surely have a turnaround. Sanga would be a superb mentor.

    Redflame Friday, 28 September 2018 04:52 PM

    Our domestic competitions dont have a value or real competition. We should bring good players from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afganistan and start a good local 50over and T20 league. The truth is are players are below the standards. See in Bangladesh team if all top order 4 batsman fails the 5,6,7,8 bat and they build up the innings.


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