Colombo:Mahela Jayawardene on Thursday said his poor form in the recent ODI series against India prompted him to take the decision to step down from captaincy.
"It was purely a cricketing decision I made thinking of my future as a cricketer. Thinking that I need to focus more on my one day batting that has been probably gone down a bit.
Not upto my standards which I have set for myself," Jayawardene told reporters a day after announcing his decision to step down from captaincy after the Pakistan series.
"My one day form in the last two to three months did help in taking the decision (to quit)," he added.
The elegant right-hander has been going through a rough patch for sometime, scoring only one fifty in last 17 ODIs.
Jayawardene said he believed it was the right time to hand over the mantle to his successor keeping in mind the 2011 World Cup.
"My successor needs time to settle down. Put his imprint on the team and have his vision. What he wants for the 2011 World Cup. To do that he needs adequate time. It was purely a cricketing decision I made thinking of my future as a cricketer," he said.
"My contribution should also be with the bat. That is my responsibility. Not getting the runs obviously contributed to making the decision."
Jayawardene said his decision to resign was not taken under any pressure and was completely his own.
"No, it had nothing to do with the selectors. Actually they were quite baffled when I called for a meeting. They actually wanted me to stay on. But I said I had made up my mind and I hope that they would respect that," he said.
The 31-year-old batsman said the selectors had even suggested to have two captains for the shorter and longer versions of the game.
"They tried to persuade me to split the captaincy and continue leading in Tests and all that. But I felt as a captain it was easier to have both the captaincies because it gives you the extra bit of time to control things.
"And I believe the next captain should have the same thing. It is much easier to hold on to everything. Because he can put his imprint and do what he wants. It is tough for two different captains to do two different things because there will be certain players coming in and going," said Jayawardene, who will take the team to Pakistan later this week for a two-Test tour as his last assignment.
In his tenure as a captain, Jayawardene played 26 Tests, winning 15, losing seven while drawing in four matches. He also took Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final where they lost to Australia.