IPL 2021: “It’s disappointing” no player from Sri Lanka will play IPL: Mahela Jayawardene.
IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene in a recent interview said it was truly disheartening that no Sri Lankan player was picked up in the recent IPL 2021 mini-auction. further added that players from Sri Lanka will have to improve their game and play beyond expectations in order to be selected in the next luxury tournament auction.
Since the T20 extravaganza began, Sri Lankan players have played a major role for the teams. The likes of Kumar Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, T Dilshan, and Chaminda Vaas have played the league during most cricket careers. While the IPL 2021 will be done without the contribution of island players.
Senior ringleader Lasith Malinga, who has been a prominent face for Mumbai Indians, has retired and Isuru Udana was unsold at auction after RCB released him ahead of auction. Udana, Kusal Perera, Vijayakanth Vilasanti and Thisara Perera had registered their names for the auctions, but only Vijayakanth Vilasanti could make the final roster of 298 players where he was unsold.
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakarra will be the two Sri Lankans who will be part of the IPL 2021 as a coach.
“I think we still have the representation so we’re happy (joking about him and Sangakkara being in the IPL). But yes, a little disappointed. I’m sure a few of the guys were on the radar but I think it’s a tough place because you look at 20 or so slots for foreign players and the majority of the slots were for those bowlers. fast and versatile. , which I think Sri Lanka lacks a bit of that, ”ESPNcricinfo said citing Jayawardene.
“I think the younger generation will come to play the tournament, but until then it will be a disappointment and a discouragement for us. IPL is a place where the best cricketers in the world come together under one roof and play against each other and to be selected in such a league you have to be at your peak. It will be a strong message to the younger generation of Sri Lanka to uplift the game of cricket and get better every day.
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