Sri Lanka forgot how to win matches for so many years: Muthiah Muralitharan | Cricket News

COLOMBO: Legendary spinner Muthiah Muralitharan believes that the current Sri Lankan cricket team has forgotten how to win matches over the years, insisting that the sport is going through a difficult phase in the island nation right now.
Sri Lanka, led by new captain Dasun Shanaka, failed to defend a total of 275 for nine in the second ODI, allowing India to pursue the target with three wickets in hand and five balls to spare despite reducing visitors to 193 for seven to one. step.
“I told you before, Sri Lanka didn’t know how to win, they forgot how to win for so many years. It was difficult for them because they didn’t (know) how to win a match, ”Muralitharan told ESPNCricinfo.
Leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga had claimed three wickets to let India struggle 193 for seven in 35.1 overs, but Sri Lanka skipper Shanaka made a big mistake in keeping him for the final overs.
“I told you before that if Sri Lanka takes three wickets in the first 10-15 overs, India is going to struggle and in fact India has struggled. Great efforts from (Deepak) Chahar and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar ) made them win.
“And also they (Sri Lanka) made mistakes. They should have bowled with Wanindu Hasaranga, rather than keep him they should have bowled him and tried to take a wicket,” he said. .
“If they had taken out a wicket from Bhuvneshwar or Chahar, with two more tails to come, it would have been difficult to chase after 8-9 points and more … they made mistakes but they are an inexperienced team.”
Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur looked frustrated as he made spirited gestures from the locker room towards the end of the game as Chahar (69) and Bhuvneshwar (19) passed the target with an undefeated 84 point position for give India a second string an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.
Muralitharan said Arthur should have remained calm and conveyed his message to the new skipper.
“I think the coach was acting like, showing disappointment and everything, rather than just calm down and send messages,” he said.
“Tell the best pitcher to play ball and try to take the wicket rather than try to keep it until the end and defend it, it never works like that.”
“Seven wickets are gone, a wicket and a match would have been sealed but they didn’t know the ways to win, they forgot, it’s time for Sri Lankan cricket to find ways to win,” he said declared.

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