We’re on a mission to rewrite history
When we left Sri Lanka for India, the hot topic back home was how we had never won a Test on Indian soil and that this was a great opportunity to set the record straight. Mahela Jayawardene comments.india Updated: Nov 14, 2009 23:16 IST
When we left Sri Lanka for India, the hot topic back home was how we had never won a Test on Indian soil and that this was a great opportunity to set the record straight. Rather than think about it, we're looking at how we can create history. To do so, we need to convert our strengths and potential into results, and that is something we've done well in the past.
In the last two years or so, the development of the team has coincided with a strong improvement in our results away from home. We've had key wins in New Zealand, England and the West Indies, and this has given us a momentum and work ethic that has put us in a good mental space.
While conditions in India and Sri Lanka appear very similar to the casual observer, the reality is different. As cricketers, the things that affect how you play, like pitches, weather, even the ball used here, are completely different.
The batting group holds the key and it will be up to senior pros like Kumar Sangakkara and myself to take the lead. The other aspect that works in our favour is that there is bowling support for Muttiah Muralitharan, who had to rely mostly on Chaminda Vaas in the past. We have more impact bowlers, people who can take wickets in a variety of conditions. What this does is free up Murali mentally to some extent, allowing him to express himself freely.