Lasith Malinga said on Sunday that he was ready to step down as Sri Lanka’s T20 captain after the team’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to India in their latest foreign tour. Returning from the series, the 36-year-old said to the reporters that Sri Lanka was not at all good enough to make an impact in the T20 format of the game.
He said Sri Lankan bowlers weren’t able to restrict India while the batsmen were incapable of scoring the 170 runs needed in a game.
“We don’t have that,” Lasith Malinga said.
He further added that it was unfair to expect a winning performance from them as they were ranked just ninth in the world in this particular format when he was handed over the captaincy just over a year ago. But he said that he was “ready to accept” the responsibility for the team’s performance.
“I am ready any time. I am ready to quit,” he said.
Lasith Malinga led Sri Lanka to the T20 World Cup title in 2014 and he remained the captain until early 2016. He again returned to the job in December 2018. However, it was a surprise as he had dropped out of the team after recurring injuries. That forced him to sit out for several tournaments.
On the other hand, frictions were there in the Sri Lankan team under his captaincy, the Sunday Island newspaper reported earlier.
“There seems to be deep divisions in the side. As captain, he has also sidelined his predecessors” including Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews, the paper shared.
The first T20I match in Guwahati was washed out due to rain, but India won the second by seven wickets in Indore and the third T20I game by 78 runs in Pune respectively.