Joined: 17 November 2006
Sri Lanka v India, 1st Test, SSC, Colombo
Ranatunga slams India's 'Twenty20' approach
July 27, 2008
After India's massive innnings and 239-run defeat in the first Test in Colombo, Arjuna Ranatunga, the former Sri Lankan captain, has criticised India's batsmen for playing in the Twenty20 mode and said they lacked focus.
"The way the Indians have played this Test is an eye-opener not just for us but for all cricket-playing countries," he told the Indian Express. "They dealt with this like a Twenty20 game. I think they were not prepared for Test cricket." He was speaking after India were bowled out twice in about four sessions of play, with the Sri Lankan spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis sharing 19 wickets.
Ranatunga wanted India to focus more on Tests than on Twenty20s. "If the Indians keep getting their priorities wrong, they will go down ranking-wise. Ultimately, it is the rank that is very important," he said. "And it is this performance that will determine the future of the game in your country. Focusing on the Twenty20 game is a short-term thing. If the game is not protected, we are in for a major disaster.
"The Indian batsmen aren't too focussed. That is something that can creep into our cricket. That is something I don't want to happen," he said. Ranatunga has repeatedly stressed that while Twenty20 generates much-needed money, playing Test cricket and representing your country should remain the priority .
India have four days to recover from the loss - their third heaviest - before the second Test starts in Galle.
Author: karanmandira Replies: 4 Views: 633
|karanmandira||4||633||22 November 2009 at 10:20pm by tomnjerry2|
Who will get the title for twenty world cup winner
Author: *Fiza* Replies: 3 Views: 637
|*Fiza*||3||637||21 June 2009 at 5:59am by Usman.|
Who will win Twenty 20???
Author: CuteFairy91 Replies: 3 Views: 513
|CuteFairy91||3||513||21 September 2007 at 1:55pm by umi82990|
Akhtar slams new no-ball rule
Author: *Fiza* Replies: 4 Views: 655
|*Fiza*||4||655||14 July 2007 at 4:11pm by *Fiza*|
Popular Channels :Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK
Quick Links :Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index