Sangakkara won't blame umpires for bad decisions
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was in no mood to implicate the umpires for the dodgy decisions they handed to Indian batsmen in the tri-series match in Dambulla and said India should have agreed to the use Decision Review System to have a level playing field.cricket Updated: Aug 23, 2010 00:42 IST
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was on Sunday in no mood to implicate the umpires for the dodgy decisions they handed to Indian batsmen in the tri-series match in Dambulla and said India should have agreed to the use Decision Review System to have a level playing field.
India were at the receiving end of at least four dodgy decisions with Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh being the unlucky batsmen though they lost comprehensively by eight wickets.
Three dodgy decisions came from local umpire Kumar Dharmasena while one -- that of Yuvraj -- was from Pakistani Asad Rauf.
"Even before the Test series we have been for DRS and the only reason I believe why we did not have referral system throughout the Test series and through this series was because India did not want DRS," Sangakkara said at the post-match press conference when asked about the bad decisions.
"Well, sometimes decisions work for you and sometimes they are against you. But if everything has to be fair use technology. Make it even," he said.
"The ICC should make technology compulsory now because if some sides are using it and some series we are playing without technology I don't think that is right. Everyone should use technology. If it is a must," he added.
Meanwhile, Man-of-the-Match Thisara Perera who scalped five wickets for just 28 runs to bundle India out for a paltry 103, was happy with his performance on Sunday but said that the final would be a totally different ballgame.
"I can play in any country. I have been given a chance to play against India. The performance against India has been good and hopefully I will continue with this in future. (The win) is a good preparation but it is a new game. Six days to go. So sides who lose like this can come out of it," he said.
"But the best win I have had against India was in Sharjah very early in my career. I think we got 299 and India were 54 all out I think. So that was a great win. And that was a great side that we had," he added.
Perera has no doubt that Sunday's comprehensive win would certainly boost their confidence before the August 28 summit clash.
"With this particular side with some of greats retired and who are not playing any more I think it is also great for our confidence to know that we can still do things like this. But the key is to win the matches consistently," he said.
"We have no preference on whom to play in the finals. If you start talking about the preferences I think mentally again we are trying to align ourselves one way. In cricket you ultimately do the hard things and win gives you lot more satisfaction.
"Both sides are playing very good cricket. We would like to play better cricket than both sides and win in the final," he added.
First Published: Aug 23, 2010 00:37 IST