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Shikhar Dhawan to return to India on Sunday

Shikhar Dhawan to return to India on Sunday

With a 4-0 lead, India will be hoping to whitewash the five-match series against Sri Lanka as the teams face in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

India, with a comprehensive 168-run win in the fourth ODI, maintained their clean slate against the hosts, having already whitewashed them 3-0 in the Tests.

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga feels that the inability to make the most of an experienced generation of cricketers has cost the country.

"Look, it has gone beyond our control now", he said, when asked about Sri Lanka claiming a direct berth for the World Cup in England. "We have to make sure that we try and win the game tomorrow". That is the only way we can turn things around. Their enthusiasm is still pretty high. "We achieved those targets in the Zimbabwe series", he explained. "Definitely we are not short of skill, but we lack confidence at the moment", former captain Angelo Mathews said, according to a report published in cricbuzz. Gunawardene hit the nail on its head at the press conference, pointing out, "Almost everyone in our top-six have got starts in the four matches".

An abject surrender is the last thing one expected of them, and yet that is exactly what the fans got. As it stands now, Windies have a shot at qualifying ahead of Sri Lanka, though they'll need to string together a lot of wins to do that. In the ODIs, he has thrown his wicket away each time. In the absence of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, young spinners like Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have stepped up and delivered. Whatever the case, if he gets another chance on Thursday, Rahul will need some runs in order to fend off the talented team-mates who are breathing down his neck.

Gunawardene said: "He is still 22". Such an approach may work for certain individuals, but for the most part, the problem stays until there is a change at the mental level. "I think it's better to give him a break before the next tour rather than keep playing him throughout".

"Personally, someone who is young should be playing the longer version and ODI cricket".

"I can not pinpoint one reason as to why this keeps happening". The current thinking is always "the player who is in the team is bad, but the one outside deserves a place". We are looking at the next so many years from him. Our dot ball ratio in the last 12 months is something like 145 in a game. That is nearly 50 percent (of the total number of balls in an innings). That is one area we have to rectify.

"If that generation was here, we wouldn't have an inexperienced team like this".

Gunawardene doesn't want to mess with their technical aspect now but has called for an improvement in the dot-ball ratio.

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