1996, the Wills Cup when these Lions roared and roared hard to say boldly that why they call themselves the king of the jungle. The golden era continued, although they have not crowned again but, still a pretty consistent side at away tours and global tournaments.
The present era looks pale, broken & haphazard. They have the worst win/loss percentage across all formats since January 2016. In 53 ODI’s from August 2016, they have just 14 wins and a miserable 36 losses with 3- no results. Of 11 series (only bilateral & tri-series include), they managed to win only 2 and those came in tri-nation series involving Indies and Zimbabwe. At Asia cup, they were the first team to get eliminated from the competition to make things worse. So let’s explore what exactly happened which led them to such a miserable state!
Poor Domestic Circuit
They have one of the worst domestic circuits. The players who perform well with consistency are not given a chance to prove their mettle at the global level. Presently, the focus is more on inter-provincial cricket which was not in the case of the past. In the process, they’re just killing their interclub competition which was the base of their Golden Era.
Irrational Combination Of Nonproductive Players
The best way to settle the players at their positions is to gift few chances at their desired seats which is certainly not implemented. This has resulted not only to such miserable team morale but also differences amongst players. Although few players looked promising because of few chances offered, they were unable to show the consistency.
Lack Of Quality Spinners
The den takes pride in their turning tracks and their wizards who had the capability to turn the result with their magical fingers and arms. The likes of Muralitharan and Mendis, the lions had enough to keep their chins up. But the present era doesn’t possess such fingers or at least the knack of playing with the batsman’s mind in accordance with the pitch.
There are many other issues to be highlighted, but they can be quite subjective like the selection of coach or regarding the retirement of the greats at the same time. But yes, I strongly believe a player becomes great by not only self-serving his country with his skills and talent but also with his wit to open the doors for the youngsters to take hold of the legacy. This is the biggest blunder Lankans had made! Sangakkara & Jayawardene undoubtedly were legendary but, at the end of their career, they never let anyone play at their spot and they just carried their personal legacy to new heights and retired at supreme. Instead, if they would have guided the newbies the way Ganguly or MSD did, the Lions wouldn’t have been this wounded.
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