Sri Lanka's test series with South Africa was blown out by the hosts. The visitor's stance was weak, losing all the three matches with wide margins. The outlash is now directed on Angelo Mathews, the Captain, who took the helm of the team after 2019 World Cup. Responding to calls for his resignation, the player said he has nothing to protest if dismissed from the designation. Mathews took the leading baton at a younger age of 25 becoming the youngest Test captain of the team. He suffered an ankle sprain that made him abandon the ongoing T20 series after the second match at Johannesburg.
There was news about Mathews that he considered setting down from captainship after four years. However, the player rejected such reports. In a press meet the captain said he "will not run away from pressures." He said anyone is free to say anything but he will only abide by the selector's suggestion. He is not bothered on "others say." He also expressed, personally he did not think about stepping down, but if required, he is open to do the right.
Mathews said as long as he enjoys the game, he will go on playing. He also added being a Captain or stepping down is not under his control. The cricketer made it clear if Sri Lankan selectors think they need a change and believe someone else is ready for the post, he will respect the decision. He wants to try and perform well and he would help the future captain. Per Ashley de Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mathews might need a leave for family reasons as his wife is expected to give birth to their first child. As now he is injured, the departure forwarded a bit.
Sri Lanka will play the five ODI series without their captain. On Mathews' absence, Upul Tharanga will act as the captain of the team. The departing captain said he knows he is answerable but he did the best possible as a captain. He worked closely with Graham Ford, the coach, and he also discussed with selectors when it came to team formations. He said whatever happened, is all because of team efforts. Angelo Mathews' prior experience with the team was rewarding as he was the player to lead Sri Lanka to the first test victory against England. It was the time when he had the supports of senior players like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
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