Dilshan calls for patience ahead of Pakistan series

Tillakaratne Dilshan accepted his team’s performance has fallen down after Muttiah Muralitharan’s retirement Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Oct 13, 2011

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan has called for patience ahead of their series against Pakistan, which begins on October 18.

Sri Lanka lost to England and Australia in their last two Test series and haven t won a single game in last 11 Tests since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.

“If you take the last series against Australia, we lost one Test that could have gone either way. I thought we played well in the remaining two Tests and we had our chances to win the third Test. The important thing is to remain patient. We have got some inexperienced bowlers and it takes time for them to develop,” Dilshan told reporters.

“People say that we have gone through 11 Tests without winning one, but if you look at the records we have lost only two Tests in that period,” he added.

Sri Lanka witnessed two batting collapses in the recent Test series. In the first Test at Galle, the hosts lost by 125 runs. They were bundled for just 82 by England which led to 1-0 series loss at Cardiff.

“We have got some new bowlers and you need to give them time to develop,” Dilshan added. “We had guys like [Muralitharan] and [Chaminda Vaas], who did an exceptional job for us for 15 years. Suddenly, when you lose them the team struggles,” he said.

“I believe we need to be patient rather than take harsh decisions. Both our defeats in Test cricket came against good teams. I believe we need to be patient rather than take harsh decisions. Both our defeats in Test cricket came against good teams,” he said.

“In England, bad batting saw us losing the first Test but we drew the next two games against a side that had won in Australia after 25 years! But world s number-one ranked team India, who toured England soon after us, suffered a 4-0 whitewash,” Dilshan added.