Mahela happy with the way SL handled pressure

Published: Monday, September 1, 2008, 13:09 [IST]
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Mahela JayawardeneColombo: Though dejected after losing their first-ever home ODI series at the hands of India, Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said his boys were better than the Indians when it comes to handling pressure situations.

Jayawardene, who took Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final, however said his side should not be castigated for lacking fighting spirit, as they fought even when they were losing.

''I don't think we could be criticised for lacking fighting spirit. Even when we were losing, we were fighting. I think the Indians tend to probably give up a bit too easily,'' he said.

''We want to develop in our team that we don't give up to the last minute. You can go through tough situations and tend to give in quite easily. We have to keep having belief in your ability,'' the 31-year-old batsman added.

The Lankan skipper further said it was the home crowd, who were supporting them in all matches even after they lost the series to India, for whom his team wanted to win the last game.

''Losing the series was very disappointing. But the huge crowd had supported us throughout the series and they turned up (for the last match) as well. So we had to give them something back to show the character of the team,'' he remarked.

The Sri Lanka skipper further expressed his happiness over the bench strength that the team had in the fast bowling department.

''I think Nuwan Kulasekara and Thilana Tushara have been consistent for us. Lasith Malinga has started bowling and Fervez Mahroof is 100 per cent fit while Dilhara Fernando looks very good after the injury. So it is a good competition in the team, which is good,'' he observed.


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