Asia Cup 2014: Angelo Mathews says Sri Lanka badly wanted to break final jinx
Mathews explained the extra death-bowling option the reason for Mendis's absence.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews was glad that his selection gambles paid off in the final © AFP
Mirpur: Mar 8, 2014
Sri Lanka have not won a major title for a long while and captain Angelo Mathews said that his side were happy to have broken the “barrier of finals” by defeating Pakistan in the summit clash to lift the Asia Cup 2014.
Sri Lanka were runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 50-over World Cups as well as in the ICC World T20 in 2009 and 2012.
They were also the runners-up in the 2010 edition of the Asia Cup.
“We wanted to break the barrier between us and the finals. Big victory not only for me, but for the whole team.
Haven’t won a major tournament for a while,” Mathews said after Sri Lanka regained the Asia Cup title which they had last won in 2008.
“Credit to the whole team. I thought the toss wasn’t crucial and Lasith [Malinga] set us up wonderfully. It was a very good run-chase,” he added.
Asked about leaving out spinner Ajantha Mendis, who had a fine tournament by picking nine wickets from three matches, for the final, Mathews said, “Very tough call to leave Mendis out because he performs well whenever we ask him to.
“But we wanted an extra death bowling option and Lakmal was brilliant,” he said.