Former captain of Sri Lanka’s cricket team Mahela Jayawardene expressed his desire for his current squad to compete for a championship in the Twenty20 World Cup that would be held in Australia soon. After suffering a loss in their first match of the 2022 Asia Cup, the country that was hosting the tournament showed tremendous spirit and went on to win the cup after completely dominating the Pakistani team in the final match.
While all is going on, Jayawardene has stressed the idea that Sri Lanka should aim to play a brave style of cricket in the forthcoming major tournament and strive to grab the valuable World Cup title.
What did Mahela Jayawardene say?
“If they take the confidence of what they achieved in the previous (T20) World Cup and then now at the Asia Cup, I think they shouldn’t be looking at anything other than going all the way and winning the World Cup,” Jayawardene said to the ICC.
“I mean that’s the mentality to have and this is a bunch I feel that they will play with no fear and no additional baggage on them either so just go out there and enjoy their cricket and play,” he continued.
The former Sri Lankan batter also stressed the point that a great deal would rely on how well Sri Lanka can adjust to the circumstances that will be there in Australia.
“The beginning of the World Cup is going to be really important for them because they need to get into a rhythm and get used to the playing circumstances. They can’t afford to make any mistakes. However, I have complete faith that they can do what has to be done,” he concluded.
When discussing Sri Lanka’s performance at the Asia Cup, it is important to note that the island nation’s first match was a loss to Afghanistan, but they went on to win their next match and advance to the super four round. In the matches to determine the super four teams, Sri Lanka was victorious against Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. Then, in the final match, Sri Lanka prevailed over the Men in Green once more, going on to win their sixth Asia Cup overall.