India visit of Sri Lanka: Incredible spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said Sri Lanka has overlooked winning ways. And communicated dissatisfaction at coach Mickey Arthur’s body language. After their heartbreaking loss within the 2nd ODI on Tuesday.
Legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. Shows up his disappointment in head coach Mickey Arthur’s Body Language. Amid their 3-wicket mishap to India inside the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.
Muttiah Muralitharan said Mickey Arthur should have remained calm and communicated better rather than cutting an energized figure as Sri Lanka let slip an advantage and eventually lost the 2nd ODI.
Notably, Mickey Arthur did not hide his feelings as he was left disappointed when Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwwar Kumar protected India from a dubious position amid their run chase of 276. Sri Lanka was on the beat when India was reeling at 196 for 7. But Chahar and Bhuvneshwar included an unbeaten 84-run stand. To assist India to cross the wrap-up line. Also to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead within the series.
The TV cameras kept focussing on Mickey Arthur. Also Inside the ultimate 10 overs of their failed resistance. Arthur walked up and down the balcony at the stadium. He even had a warm time talking with captain Dasun Shanaka after the heartbreaking loss.
“I think the coach was acting like showing himself disappointed. And everything, instead of just calm down. And send a few messages,” Muralitharan told ESPNCricinfo.
Sri Lanka has not beaten India in Colombo in an ODI since 2009. They lost their final 10 matches to their neighbors at home. The previous World Cup winners have been battling to discover form. Also within the shorter formats of the game. The gulf of lesson between Dasun Shanaka’s men and India’s supposedly ‘second-string team’ was evident.
It was an intense pill to swallow as Sri Lanka did things right. Before letting the game slip away within the final 10 overs. Falling flat to break the association between No. 7 Chahar and No. 8 Bhuvneshwar.
With the series lead to fixed. India will be looking to total a clean sweep of the ODI series. When the two groups meet within the 3rd ODI on Friday in Colombo.