Dinesh Chandimal (Left) opted to sit out of the semi-finals against West Indies © Getty Images


Mirpur: Apr 3, 2014


Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan all-rounder has termed captain Dinesh Chandimal’s decision to sit out of the ICC World T20 2014 semi-final against West Indies as a great and brave one.


Chandimal, who is Sri Lanka’s T20 International captain, opted out of the game and Lahiru Thirimanne continued to play in his place. Mathews, who captains Sri Lanka in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) said that it was a collective decision for Chandimal to sit out.


“It was a collective decision, the selectors, the management, and also Chandimal.  You got to do what is best for the team all the time regardless of who you are. I think he opted out and he was brilliant in that. He just wanted the best eleven on the park. It was a great decision and also a brave decision,” Mathews said after the victory against the West Indies,


When asked whether Chandimal would play the final, Mathews said, “I actually don’t know. Well, I am not captaining this team, but I think whoever will play, we have got to be behind him a 100 per cent and try and win.”


Speaking about Sri Lanka’s approach to the final, Mathews said, “If we think too far ahead, we will crumble. We want to go out there, enjoy and play positive cricket. Enjoy the game and obviously win.”


Sri Lanka have been on a long road in Bangladesh and have been able to maintain the intensity. Just last month, they won the Asia Cup and have now made it through to the final of the World T20.  “It is all the hard work the boys do. I think they have been managed pretty well. When you play intense games every other day, it takes a lot out of you. But you need to manage and work really hard with fitness, fielding. We were pretty consistent in the last couple of months. It will be ideal to lift the trophy and go back home,” Mathews said.


Mathews also said that it doesn’t matter who will come into the final as Sri Lanka have to beat any opposition to win the trophy. Sri Lanka will now play the ICC World T20 2014 final on Sunday, April 6 against the winner of the contest between India and South Africa.


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