Toughest series in my career – Chandimal

Toughest series in my career - Chandimal

On the defeat inside three days

It’s pretty tough for me and the team. Credit goes to India. They have played outstandingly well in the series. I am disappointed that if we could have dragged the game to the fifth day we could have learnt something, but losing within two and half days you cannot give any excuses.

On batting failures

During training too we are doing lot of hard work. We had some game plan and we spoke so many things during the game. As a player when you have to go to the middle you have to put them to practice. That was what the batters were unable to do. As players we had to stand up and do our performances well.

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You beat Australia last year 3-0 but this year it’s a reverse. What has gone wrong?

I would say the main concern is injuries. The Australia series we had everyone fit. No injuries whatsoever. Everyone chipped in. This series, there are so many injuries starting from Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath and then Asela Gunaratne. They played some really good cricket in the last six months. That’s the main issue. I don’t want to give excuses. We have to perform better than this.

On failure of seniors the whole series and consistency

Consistency has been a huge issue this series. As I said, some players cannot perform well in every series. As seniors, you have to do well. Then the youngsters will follow. I have a lot of faith. The seniors I hope will come back strongly when we take on Pakistan.Via

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