The Telegraph
Sunday , April 6 , 2014
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Too much fuss: Mahela

Dhaka: “There’s too much fuss... Much is being made of the retirement... Players come and players go... Institutions and teams stay...”

That was Mahela Jayawadene, on Saturday, on the eve of his farewell T20 appearance, against India.

Briefly speaking to The Telegraph, Mahela, a former Sri Lanka captain, added: “I wouldn’t say there’s more pressure on me or Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara)... The World T20 final will actually be just another game.”

Like Mahela, Sangakkara too is retiring from the shortest format.

Meanwhile, talking exclusively, at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon, South Africa’s bowling coach, Allan Donald, gave India the edge in Sunday’s final.

“India’s batting is awesome... That gives them the edge, though I’m aware Sri Lanka have top quality spinners,” Donald pointed out.

Looking back to Friday’s semi-final, against India, Donald said: “We weren’t good enough on the day, but we have to move on... That has to be done.”

South Africa lost despite getting 170-plus on the board.