Sri Lanka captain keen to change horror script

Feb 28, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene goes to the World Cup in the Caribbean hoping to erase bitter memories of the previous tournament. The 2003 World Cup in South Africa ended in a nightmare for Jayawardene, who scored just 21 runs in nine matches. His form was so poor that he did not once reach double figures.

“That was a disappointing World Cup for me. Hopefully, I’ll turn things around this time,” Jayawardene said before his team’s departure for the mega one-day event on Wednesday.

“I wanted to do well, but it just didn’t happen. But if you see, we went on to reach the semi-finals. The greatest thing about this team is that when someone is not in the best of form, the others put their hands up for him.”

The Sri Lankan captain is currently struggling to regain form. He is without a half-century in his past 17 one-day internationals.

“I know my personal contribution has not been that great during the last six months or so, but I am looking forward to get back among runs,” said Jayawardene, who has scored 6,185 runs in 236 matches.

He said he was confident of a good show from his side as they had learnt to adapt