Angelo Mathews    AFP
Angelo Mathews AFP

To term Sri Lanka s present condition as struggle would be an understatement. Instead, they have been in shambles of late. It all started off with their disappointing campaign in 2017 Champions Trophy, followed by a shocking defeat against Zimbabwe in ODIs.

Angelo Mathews then stepped down as the captain. As a result, Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga took over as Test and limited-overs captains respectively. However, Sri Lanka have been plagued with injuries as well, and it has been hurting them against India in the ongoing tour. Amidst this, Mathews has managed to score a mere 2 fifties in 10 innings.

Throwing light upon his string of low scores, a frustrated Mathews said, Personally, I feel very disappointed with the way I have got out especially after getting decent starts. I have been trying to score runs quickly rather than settling down. Really frustrated with my performance and only in the last game I was able to make a very small impact.

India have dominated the hosts completely. Mathews mentioned the obvious, that Sri Lanka have been disappointed with the way things have turned out. I cannot pinpoint one reason as to why this keeps happening. Mind you, this is the same team that chased 322 in England against the same opposition and won. Definitely we are not short of skill, but we lack confidence at the moment, Mathews told cricbuzz.

Six players, who were part of the Champions Trophy, are not in the current squad. Mathews said the injuries have also taken a toll on the Sri Lanka side, When you don’t have the best eleven in the park that really affects you. Some of those guys are definitely impact players and we miss them big time.

Sri Lanka s chances for direct qualifications to 2019 World Cup has been dashed by India, as they have sealed the 5-ODI series by 4-0.

That is a concern, no doubt. We would like to win the next game at least rather than leave everything at the hands of West Indies. Whatever we can control we have to control. I must say that India have played outstandingly well. We seniors have to lift our games as we have not lived up to expectations, he concluded.