Sanga, Mahela made correct decision -Arjuna

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It triggered quite a furore in Sri Lankan cricket but the country's first World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has backed Mahela Jayawrdene and Kumar Sangakkara's decision to call it quits from Twenty20 Internationals, saying the duo's timing was correct.

The Jayawardene and Sangakkara were criticised by Sri Lanka Cricket for not taking the body in confidence before announcing their retirement at the end of the ICC World Twenty20, which Sri Lanka won by beating India in the final.

In response, the two players, at a press conference held immediately after their return on Tuesday, blamed the SLC Secretary (Nishantha Ranatunga) and CEO (Ashley de Silva) for demoralising them ahead of the tournament in Bangladesh.

But Ranatunga felt the retirement was timed to perfection. "The cricketers are the ones who know better than anyone, when the right time is to go. In the past we've seen that T20 is a young man's game. I'm sure they've made the correct decision," Ranatunga told 'Inside Sports' magazine. Speaking about the team's World T20 triumph, Ranatunga lauded the collective effort of the side.

"If you look at the tournament, a lot of contributions were made by new players - young players. We should talk about Mahela, and Kumar Sangakkara, as well as Lasith Malinga, who bowled very well, but I feel that every player made a special contribution - not just a minor one. "Normally there are heroes in these tournaments, but what I saw was that young players and seniors were all contributing together. That's a great sign for the future of Sri Lanka cricket, when these young players are performing at that level," he explained.

"There are players who hadn't shone out, like (Nuwan) Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath. Sachithra bowled well throughout the tournament and Kulasekara delivered in difficult moments," he added.

Ranatunga said all the players raised their game as and when the situation demanded. "Rangana hadn't played throughout the tournament, but from the moment he came, he was taking wickets and keeping the runs down. Kusal took the pressure off Sangakkara, Dilshan and Mahela, and put it on his own shoulders. He played the same role as Sanath Jayasuriya used to play. Sometimes it seemed like he played bad shots, but that's his style," he said.

"The other thing you have to say is that our fielding was extremely good - better than the other teams." (PTI)
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  • Dilendra Fernando Friday, 11 April 2014 06:18 AM

    Ohh Karu, you must have been in your nappy when Arjuna Captained SL. Otherwise you would have known better. :D

    nihar Friday, 11 April 2014 03:34 AM

    Dhoni was in the Dumps when Arjuna ayya was Captain Cool - Arjuna Ranatunga is the Original and real captain cool

    Puliyanam Friday, 11 April 2014 03:35 AM

    [quote name="karu"]don't copy nick name of Dhoni[/quote]

    Arujuna was called captain cool when Dhoni was playing softballl cricket

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 11 April 2014 03:49 AM

    Arjuna was No. 1 (Cool Captain) and now No. 2 (Cool captain) is Dhoni, correct?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 11 April 2014 03:54 AM

    Hopefully they may be absorbed by the dirty politicians soon and their good image will be spoilt.

    ranjana Friday, 11 April 2014 04:15 AM

    Well FYI "Captain Cool" was given to Arjuna long before Dhoni even dreamt of Playing to Indian team.

    slwala Sunday, 13 April 2014 01:01 AM

    It is just the right thing to do as free people. Why, should Sri Lanka have players on life long contracts? They are not slaves but heroes giving Sri Lankans all what they had in winning the World Cup. Instead Sri Lanka Cricket should give them a fitting farewell party.

    Fuzzy Thursday, 10 April 2014 02:41 PM

    he is a well respected cricketing figure and a real gentleman via DM Android App

    RoaringCreek Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:51 AM

    A cool comment from "Captain Cool". Nice!

    mahendra Thursday, 10 April 2014 04:07 PM

    Very good comments. We should have experience people like
    in the Cricket Board.

    karu Thursday, 10 April 2014 04:13 PM

    don't copy nick name of Dhoni

    M.Muttha Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:37 AM

    Well said Arjuna. Your comments on many cricketing matters are very constructive, valuable and very worthy of consideration. via DM iPad app

    malkanthi Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:19 AM

    Well said it is a timely decision before the political eliments destroy their good image. Also very well safe guarded his brother's interest.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:36 AM

    Prophetic.

    Diluni Friday, 11 April 2014 10:51 AM

    very good via DM Android App

    Kamal Raj Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:33 PM

    He has come forward to safeguard his brother , so he has never spoken a word about his brother . It's typical Ranathunga family


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