Sri Lanka’s former player and legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been unimpressed with Sri Lanka’s current head coach Mickey Arthur’s body language after their 3-wicket loss to India in the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.
India, on Tuesday thrashed the Islanders by 3 wickets to clinch the series 2-0, thanks to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar’s 84 runs partnership for the 8th wicket.
Rahul Dravid’s decision of sending Deepak Chahar ahead of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been extremely appreciated in the cricket world as Rajasthan’s bowling all rounder has wreaked havoc on field and smashed unbeaten 69 off 82 deliveries to take his side over the finishing line.
Coach Was Acting Disappointed: Muttiah Muralitharan
Sri Lanka’s head coach, Mickey Arthur however looked frustrated after witnessing India’s number 8 and number 9 smashing Lankan bowlers.
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwwar Kumar rescued India from a perilous position during their run chase of 276. The TV cameras kept focussing on Mickey Arthur who was visibly upset at Sri Lanka’s efforts in the last 10 overs of their failed defence.
Muttiah Muralitharan said Mickey Arthur should have stayed calm and communicated better instead of cutting an animated figure.
“I think the coach was acting like, showing himself disappointed and everything, rather than just calm down and send some messages,” Muralitharan told ESPNCricinfo.
Muralitharan, further expressed his disappointment after Sri Lanka’s defeat against India and went on to say that the Lankans have now forgotten winning ways.
“I told you before, Sri Lanka didn’t know the winning ways, they have forgotten the winning ways for the last so many years. It has been tough for them because they have not (known) how to win a match,” Muralitharan said.
“Seven wickets gone, one wicket and match would have been sealed but they didn’t know the winning ways, they have forgotten, it is a hard time for Sri Lankan cricket to come to winning ways,” he said.
With the series lead sealed, India will be looking for a white wash when the two teams meet in the 3rd ODI on Friday in Colombo.