Dambulla: Former captain Mahela Jayawardene today said the no-ball incident, which had threatened to snowball into a major controversy between Sri Lanka and India, was not the worst thing his side had faced and advised the players to move on and focus on their next tri-series match on Sunday.
“What happened was an unfortunate incident. We take total responsibility as a team and I think it is time we move on. There were worse things that have happened in the past (than the no-ball controversy) and people have move on from those things,” he said at the press conference after their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to heavy rain.
“Definitely, we are looking forward to the game against India which will be a very good game,” he said about his side’s match against India on Sunday.
Jayawardene remained not out on 59 in Sri Lanka’s 203 for three in 43.4 overs before rain stopped play. Sri Lanka and New Zealand got two points each from the abandoned tie.
On Thursday, the match between the two countries was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain and it was re-played today, a reserve day.
Asked about the weather condition here after rain played spoilsport for the second consecutive day today, he said, “These things we cannot control. Just concentrate on the game against India. We have been playing some good cricket. Just do that. Rather than worrying about things we cannot control.”
Jayawardene said he was happy with his performance after failing to contribute much to the team cause in the earlier two matches today though there was no result today.
“I was disappointed (by my performance) in the last two games. And I got that (bad) decision against India. Some decisions go your way some do not. You have to take it,” he said.
Jayawardene said his side could have scored a big total had rain rain not intervened on Friday.
“Initially the wicket was not all the easy. It was a bit slow and so we had to take our time. I think we accelerated at the right time and I think we had a great foundation to use the power play as well. In the last few overs with wickets in hand we had chance to get a decent score on this wicket,” he said.
“Different wickets play differently. We just have to adjust and make sure that we read it properly,” he added.
On Chamara Silva, who was not out on 41, Jayawardene said, “It was a big game for him. He has not played for a while but he looks like a World Cup specialist and comes in the right time. He looked confident,” said Jayawardene.