Highly impressed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men’s attacking brand of cricket,former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said India has never played better here.
“They have never played better here,” Ranatunga said paying tribute to what he termed the vision of the Indian cricket administrators. “Their planning is good and they have set goals in their mind,” Ranatunga said.
India has already taken a 4-0 lead in the five-match series against Sri Lanka and the final match is scheduled in Colombo on Sunday.
Dismissing notions that he had problems with the Indian Cricket Board during his 11-month tenure as the chief of Sri Lanka Cricket,Ranatunga said,”I had excellent relations with (former BCCI President) Mr (Sharad) Pawar and (current BCCI President) Mr Shashank Manohar”,Ranatunga said.
On Sri Lanka’s poor form,Ranatunga said the administrators were also to be blamed for the debacles. Insisting that the administrators should have ensured that the players maintain their focus,Ranatunga said,”This is due to unwanted and unprofessional people entering cricket administration.”
Never a fan of the Indian Premier League,Ranatunga also questioned the Sri Lankan players’ commitment to the nation. “Players must answer the question which is greater your country,your parents or the money?” asked Ranatunga,referring to the players’ refusal to tour England in May in order to play in the Indian Premier League.
He felt Sri Lankan players were talented enough but the batting was not clicking at the moment.
“Our players are the most talented in the world. Without a doubt we have the best two spinners in the world (in Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis)…But the batsmen are not clicking,” Ranatunga said.