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No time for Sri Lanka to dwell on the past: Thisara Perera

Thisara Perera will be the seventh man to captain Sri Lanka cricket team across all formats in 2017 when the side faces Indian cricket team in three ODIs and T20Is in December

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Nov 30, 2017 18:47 IST
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Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka cricket team’s limited-overs skipper in the series against Indian cricket team, wants to focus on the future and forge a strong side that will play itself out of the rough patch it is enduring now.(Reuters)

Thisara Perera urged Sri Lanka cricket team not to dwell on past failures after being named captain for the limited-overs series’ in India.

Sri Lanka have toiled in shorter formats this year, losing a one-day international series against Zimbabwe for the first time, leading to the resignation of Angelo Mathews as skipper, while they have been whitewashed 5-0 by India, Pakistan and South Africa.

Perera will be the seventh man to captain Sri Lanka across all formats in 2017 when they face India in three ODIs and three Twenty20s next month.

And for the 28-year-old, who has played 125 matches in 50-over cricket and 63 T20s, the focus is on the future.

“All teams go through tough patches, it’s up to each of us to get past our mental barriers and perform best for our country,” he said.

“The goal for each one of us is to bring glory to our country. This must be clearly stated.

“I can confidently say that although India are currently best in the world in all three formats, if you compare each player of our team with any player in the world [not only India] we are on par with the best of the best.

“My policy as captain is to stop dwelling on the past and failures, and to march forward together with my team, with our eyes firmly planted on the goal of bringing glory to our motherland.

“I believe that if each player can perform to his individual potential, we can easily win this series.”

First Published: Nov 30, 2017 18:42 IST