Mirpur: Less than two weeks ago, when Mahela Jayawardena and the Sri Lankans landed in Dhaka after a spunky performance in the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia, he was asked what he had done to revitalise the side since taking the captaincy from Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardena had played down the notion of a magic wand, pointing out some of the highs under Dilshan's leadership before bringing out the old cliche, "a captain is only as good as his team".
Today, after three defeats in the Asia Cup and little to be happy about besides the resolution of their pay problem, Jayawardena was asked by a journalist whether there was something wrong with his captaincy. He was initially nonplussed by the question, grinning disbelievingly at being asked that, before regaining his composure.
"Amazing isn't it, two weeks of cricket does that to you, eh?" he said. "We played Australia in the finals and I can't become a bad captain overnight. A captain is as good as his team and there are no secrets to it, just that he handles certain situations. We haven't played good cricket, there are no excuses for that."