We talked about how a touch of discipline catapulted Sri Lanka to a comprehensive win over the Kiwis in Galle, in our previous post.
The strange thing about discipline is that to reap the fruits longer, you must keep practising it. A mantra is only effective if one chants it repeatedly. “Repeat” should be the mantra of a mantra!
Sri Lanka’s Downfall
Discipline requires a lot of effort and dedication, which makes it a very difficult feat to achieve and maintain. What we witnessed in P Sara Oval during the 2nd test was a lapse of focus from the Lions. It was a rather ugly collapse in the second innings, which handed over a mammoth win for New Zealand.
We saw some responsibility shown from a couple of players like Dhananjaya De Silva. Check out this wonderful article by Andrew Fidel Fernando on Cricinfo on De Silva’s elegance. But this sense of responsibility was not evident from the most. We saw many batsmen throwing their wickets away in a rash fashion which was criticised by captain Dimuth. Perhaps, they were a touch overconfident.
A Blunt Critique?
No. It is not. We believe, to the contrary, considering the hardships the players had to endure during the last few years, we should be happy from what we have seen during the two-test series.
We should be content that the Lions are showing good signs of teamwork, dedication and professionalism. Some players performed brilliantly. We believe and hope that Sri Lankan players will build on these qualities to be a competitive force in world cricket as they used to be.
So, we at Cricketry.com believe there are more positives than negatives from the test series with the Kiwis.
Ultimately, it was two weeks of high-quality test cricket that any cricket fan would have enjoyed. The games were played in a good spirit and it was so good to see the temperament of the players from either side.
So, Who Would be Happier?
While Sri Lanka had the home advantage, considering their squad strength, we believe they may feel more achieved than the Black Caps. Sri Lanka had a relatively inexperienced squad compared to the Kiwis. One would expect Mr. Williamson’s troops to perform much better after an extraordinary run in the 2019 CWC. But, one also needs to remember playing tests in the Lionland against the Lions is not easy task either.
We are really looking forward to the action of the T20Is ahead, which will kick-start on the 1st Sepetember at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. We will be there too. Stay tuned with us for more interesting discussions.