Former Sri Lanka captain, Angelo Mathews, believes that overcoming pressure situations will be his team's biggest challenge at the ICC Men 's Cricket World Cup 2019.
Sri Lanka, the 1996 World Cup and two-hour runners , entered the tournament as No. 9 placed the ODI side. They have only won six of the 22 one-day international players they have played since January 2018. Adding to their question is that more members of their World Cup team are returning for a sideline spell. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne himself had not played any ODI since last World Cup until last week.
However, the experienced math news encouraged his side to put the past behind them and "enjoy the moment". "The biggest challenge will be to overcome pressure situations," Matthews told the ICC . "Much of us have played in England so we know the conditions. But managing the pressure and situations well will be the challenge."
Matthews, who had taken the captain of Sri Lanka in the last edition of the multinational tournament, advised his teammates to embrace the challenge and express freedom.
"In a big tournament like this, you have to play with freedom and embrace it, instead of putting too much pressure on yourself. Yes, it's a world championship you have to do well to win it, but on At the same time, embrace the challenge. If you put a lot of pressure on yourself, it adds to your burden, but try to embrace it, look at it as an opportunity to do something better for the country, "he explained.
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The 31-year-old veteran found himself in and outside Sri Lanka's ODI team last year with concern about fitness and fitness. However, he seems to have turned it over and hit two fifty and one tons in his last five 50-over games, including 64 in Sri Lanka's warming defeat against South Africa.
In recent months, Matthews animated celebrated his batting milestones, especially in tests, his strength directed at his critics. But all-rounder insisted he was not at the World Cup to prove a point about his place to anyone. "Every game is an opportunity to improve your own performance. If you do, the team will benefit," he said.
Matthews, currently Sri Lanka's penultimate player in ODI's after Lasith Malinga, aims to pass on his experience to the younger players in the team. "My ambition is to perform and be consistent. For that, I have to take care of myself in terms of physical fitness and give my absolute best … and make sure I continue my experience to the younger players so that they also enjoy of that, "he said.
Sri Lanka plays their second heat-up match against Australia Monday, May 27, before beginning their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1.