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Won’t give up captaincy, says Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga post whitewash

"We lacked consistency. We didn’t bat, bowl or field well: Tharanga.

Upul Tharanga
Sri Lanka cricketer Upul Tharanga. (Photo credit Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka lost their second successive ODI series at home (after the loss to Zimbabwe and India) but the captain, Upul Tharanga does not feel the urge to give up captaincy yet. Tharanga feels that there is still a long way to go for Sri Lankan Cricket and administration need to stick with the current bunch of players.

Post the humiliating defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe, Angelo Matthews decided to step down as captain. Tharanga and Chandimal, in turn, were handed over the captaincy. Indians whitewashed the 3-match Test series as well as the 5-match ODI series. As a result, Sri Lankan Cricket Selection committee, headed by Sanath Jayasuriya, resigned from their posts citing the losing streak they are currently under.

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“There is no reason to give up captaincy. The next selectors’ committee will decide how we will move forward. We didn’t play well. And in the last two years, we have not played well. So, only this set of players can come out of this phase. But we need to plan better and we need to identify what are the areas we can improve on,” claimed Upul Tharanga according to Indian Express.

We can learn a lot from Kohli: Tharanga

“We lacked consistency. We didn’t bat, bowl or field well. We were outplayed in the series. I am disappointed with our batting effort. India was very consistent but we failed to get big scores. The Indian top order was making plenty of runs,” further added the 32-year-old.

“Virat is an experienced player. We can learn a lot from him. Kohli’s batting was a good example for us. We talk about these things. We need someone who is set to get a big one. But we failed to achieve that,” concluded the Sri Lankan captain inspired from Kohli’s performances on the tour.

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