Excerpts from the post-series press conference:
What do you think was the difference between India and Sri Lanka?
We lacked consistency. We didn’t bat well. We didn’t bowl well and we didn’t field well. We were outplayed in the series. Disappointed with batting. India were very consistent. We failed to get big scores. Indian top order was making plenty of runs.
Where is the team going wrong?
We committed too many mistakes. As a batting unit we failed to post decent totals. Even after five games we failed to post 250 runs even once. Feeling very disappointed with that. These batting displays are worrying. Even today we could have made about 270 or 275. We were well placed, but like in the last few games we collapsed. We lost some seven wickets for 53 runs. That has been something that is happening frequently now. We commit too many mistakes and we need to rectify them soon. We have a month’s break before the next ODI series and we need to rectify the mistakes and move forward. In ODIs, even if you fail in one department it is very difficult to compete. We need to improve.
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The openers failed too in the series. Is that a big concern?
Dickwella and Danushka are attacking batsmen. We have given them the freedom to use the Powerplay. But we have told them that if you get a start, you need to go on. When you are batting in the Powerplay you score about 30 or 40 runs and you should go on. We failed to achieve that even after five games. Not a single century in the whole series and that has been a letdown for us.
Are you planning to give up captaincy?
No reason for that. Next selectors will decide how we will move forward. We didn’t play well. Last two years we have not played well. Only these set of players can come out of it. We need to plan better. We need to identify what are the areas we can improve on.