Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Disappointed Tillakaratne Dilshan considers opportunity

Posted by Admin On 11:23 AM

Tillakaratne Dilshan said on Monday he is keen to carry on as Sri Lanka captain for another tour before making a choice about his future. Shahid Afridi-inspired Pakistan edged out Sri Lanka by 26 runs on Sunday to take an unquestionable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. The fifth and final match is in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Dilshan, who took over as captain after Sri Lanka's runners-up finish in World Cup in April this year, said he doesn't know whether he would be retained for next month's tour of South Africa.
I don't know what their (Sri Lankan selectors) views are but I was appointed captain until the South Africa series so I didn't think but after the South Africa tour let's see how it goes from there,said Dilshan.
Sri Lanka plays three Tests and five one-day matches on the tour of South Africa and many believe Dilshan could lose his job.As a captain I can't do anything to change the players' game. As a team unit we have to take accountability.As captain I am disappointed to lose and we need to sit down and think where we can start again before the South Africa series, said Dilshan.
Afridi hit a robust 65-ball 75 to lift Pakistan from a struggling 120-7 to 200 all out before he derailed Sri Lanka from 155-3 to 174 all out, the last seven wickets falling for a mere 19 runs. The collapse was unbelievable for Dilshan.
It's unbelievable to lose seven wickets for 19 runs. Afridi batted and bowled well, but it was really disappointing to lose from a winning position. We got relaxed and no one took the responsibility. As a batting unit we should have finished the game,said Dilshan.
Dilshan disagreed the captaincy was a burden for him.Captaincy is not a burden for me. At the moment our players are performing in one department and not doing well in the other and we are giving chances to youngsters who are not grabbing that chance,said Dilshan.
Sri Lanka also lost the previous three-Test series 1-0 against Pakistan - the third Test series loss under Dilshan. They also lost to England (Tests and one-day) and Australia (Tests and one-day). Dilshan hoped his team improves in the fifth and final one-day, to be played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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