The team recently lost a five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe, resulting in the resignation of skipper Angelo Mathews across all three formats. To make matters worse, they will be up against India – the No. 1 ranked side in Test cricket – next in a full-fledged tour that includes three Tests, five ODIs and one T20.
“Obviously, India will start as favourites. In Sri Lanka, I’m not too sure how the pitches will play. When India visit, they might get flat wickets. But Ashwin and Jadeja will do very well. The Sri Lankans are not playing well at the moment and both of them can capitalise on that advantage. Ashwin is now just going from strength to strength. He is a very smart cricketer and is bowling at his best right now,” Muralitharan, who is has been named the mentor of VB Thiruvallur Veerans for the Tamil Nadu Premier League, said.
“Since my retirement, I have not been involved in Sri Lankan cricket,” he said. “It’s been 5-6 years. I don’t understand what’s happening there. Without being aware of the situation, I don’t think it will be right for me to comment. However, there is definitely a problem. The performance of the team has dipped and they will have to rectify it. Bringing in Sangakkara, Jayawardene or me won’t be a solution because we are all busy with other commitments. Sangakkara is still playing cricket and Mahela is busy with coaching commitments just like me. So, they will have to look for a solution themselves,” Murali, who has a colossal 800 Test wickets under his belt, added.