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Angelo Mathews became the first Sri Lankan captain to lose an ODI series against Zimbabwe home or away.  Sri Lanka lost to Zimbabwe 3-2 which has further made their road to the World Cup 2019 difficult. Straight after loosing to Zimbabwe, Mathews made his decision of stepping down as a captain. The all rounder claims this to be the lowest point of his career. 

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Right after the loss against Zimbabwe at Hambantota, Mathews said,  

“It’s one of the lowest points in my career, and a hard one to swallow. Everything went against us, from the toss to misreading the wicket. But there are no excuses. At the end of the day we were not good enough to beat them. They played better cricket,”

As reported by Cricbuzz, Mathews stepped down from captaincy late Tuesday night, after his team’s shock series defeat to Zimbabwe on Monday. “I am leaving with a heavy heart,” Mathews told Cricbuzz.

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Angelo Mathews who became the youngest Sri Lankan captain at 25, has had good memories during his four year spell. Guiding Sri Lanka to their maiden series win in England in 2014. Under him Sri Lanka also whitewashed Australia 3-0 in a Test series. 

Losing against a low profile team has really hit Mathews hard as he feels extremely sorry for the fans. A cruel exit against Pakistan in the ICC Champions trophy recently would have affected Mathews significantly.

“It is very painful for me. I feel sorry for our supporters. No disrespect for Zimbabwe, they are such a fine team.”

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He further said ;

“But no regrets. I have had an outstanding four years as captain. Being accused of various things by people, but I am telling you that I have always been honest and given 100 percent. I believe in karma,” a tearful Mathews said.

Angelo Mathews Had His Moments

However, there is no doubt that this has been a big blow for the Sri Lankan cricket team. With the legends, Sangakara and Jaywardane departing the team was finding it hard to find the stability. The stage was set for Mathews in the coming World Cup, but after the recent series their qualification battle has become much more harder. 
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However, it seems Angelo is not ready to take any further responsibility in risking Sri lanka’s qualifications for the big stage in 2019.

Sri Lanka had to decide a captain in no time as there were matches ahead. Sri Lanka have a test match to play against Zimbabwe and India will tour Sri Lanka on 26th July for 3 tests, 5 ODI’s and a T20.

According to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Sri Lankan side in the Tests and Upul Tharanga will lead the side in the limited overs cricket.

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