'We've put Test debacle behind us'

'We've put Test debacle behind us'

“The Test series is over and we have put the defeat behind us. Now we are focusing on the T20s and one-dayers, hopefully we can challenge India here better,” Sangakkara said on the eve of the first T20 against India.

“You will see a few fresh guys coming in to the squad for shorter formats and hopefully that will give us a fresh impetus for the rest of the game, and we need to stay focused and enjoy the game,” Sangakkara said.

The elegant left-hander said ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan might miss the morrow’s game due to a bruised ligament on his bowling hand.

Sangakkara hoped that veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya would fire in the T20s and one-dayers. “I am sure Sanath will be able to adjust to the new role (opening in T20), and he has the mental capability to handle any situation. His batting is pretty good, and his bowling has been as good as ever while he still fields like a 22-year old, though he is 40! He is a great match-winner, and hopefully he will fire in the next matches,” he said.

The Lankan refused to confirm the talks of him replacing Yuvraj Singh as the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the Indian Premier League III. “I haven’t heard anything as of now. We will be in Mohali in a couple of days, and if anything is on you will hear it then. Right now I am busy with Lankan team, but it will be good if an Indian franchise has an Indian captain.”