ODI World Cup 2023: England underestimated us, says Sri Lankan spinner Theekshana


England’s disappointing eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka could have left its World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, however skipper Jos Buttler burdened that he was nonetheless the correct man to take the workforce ahead.

“I believe you’re all the time questioning [your position] as captain,” Buttler stated on Thursday. “Learn how to get the perfect out of gamers… methods to get the workforce shifting in the correct route. I actually have numerous confidence and perception in myself as a frontrunner, and first, and foremost as a participant. However if you happen to’re asking if I ought to nonetheless be captaining the workforce, that’s a query for the fellows above me.”

The 33-year-old, nonetheless, conceded that his dreadful numbers with the bat (95 runs from 5 World Cup video games) have contributed to his workforce’s shoddy show.

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“If there was one golden egg that we had been lacking, you then’d hope to see that. However there isn’t a secret. There’s nobody else who can rating your individual runs or take your wickets.

“That comes from the beginning, from the captain on the entrance. I’ve been a great distance in need of my finest. As a frontrunner, you need to lead via your individual efficiency, and I’ve not been ready to try this.”

Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana acknowledged that England had underestimated the Lankans. “As a result of we had additionally misplaced three video games and we solely gained towards Netherlands, I believe they underestimated us,” the tweaker stated. “We backed our strengths and went with a easy plan. That’s why we gained the sport.”

Theekshana credited his bowlers for his or her self-discipline. It was, the truth is, the third successive recreation wherein England had not batted the complete quota of overs.

“Within the preliminary 4 or 5 overs, we conceded a number of runs on account of our incapacity to search out the correct size,” he stated. “Nevertheless, Angelo [Mathews] utilised his expertise to regulate the size. Then Lahiru [Kumara] maintained self-discipline.”

“The pitch was a little bit totally different [to the earlier ones in Bengaluru]. There was some flip and a little bit tempo and bounce. [But] it’s not that accumulating runs was powerful, as we managed to attain 150 odd with simply two wickets down.”



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