Mahela Jayawardene on Thursday said his poor form in the recent ODI series against India prompted him to take the decision to step down from captaincy.
"It was purely a cricketing decision I made thinking of my future as a cricketer. Thinking that I need to focus more on my one day batting that has been probably gone down a bit. Not upto my standards which I have set for myself," Jayawardene told reporters a day after announcing his decision to step down from captaincy after the Pakistan series.
"My one day form in the last two to three months did help in taking the decision (to quit)," he added.
The elegant right-hander has been going through a rough patch for sometime, scoring only one fifty in last 17 ODIs.
Jayawardene said he believed it was the right time to hand over the mantle to his successor keeping in mind the 2011 World Cup.
"My successor needs time to settle down. Put his imprint on the team and have his vision. What he wants for the 2011 World Cup. To do that he needs adequate time. It was purely a cricketing decision I made thinking of my future as a cricketer," he said.
"My contribution should also be with the bat. That is my responsibility. Not getting the runs obviously contributed to making the decision."