Fear of failure is hurting Sri Lanka: Jayawardene
Pallekele: Former batsman Mahela Jayawardene feels the fear of failure is impeding the growth of the Sri Lankan cricket team, which is currently being outplayed by India in an ongoing series.
Sri Lanka's heavy loss to India in the three-match Test series came after the island nation lost the five-match ODI series against minnows Zimbabwe 2-3.
Talking about the whitewash against India, Jayawardene said the team failed in all departments.
"I am sure the guys would be very disappointed with their performance in the Test series. It was a great challenge for them to test themselves against the number one team," he said.
"They didn't handle certain situations well. First innings batting too let them down when there were no demon in the wickets. They also never looked like getting 20 wickets," said the former Sri Lankan captain.
Former captain Jayawardene, however, was all praise for Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who guided his 'Men In Blue' to an eighth consecutive Test series win for India.