Mahela Jayawardena steps down as T20 skipper

Mahela Jayawardena stepped down as T20 skipper late on Sunday. His decision came after his team’s 36-run loss to West Indies in the final match of ICC World T20.

Jayawardena had been leading the team since the tour Down Under involving India earlier after Tillakaratne Dilshan had stepped down. On Sunday, in the post match conference, Jayawardena had said that while he was happy with the way the team performed, the players will have to go past the loss in the title clash.

“They played well under pressure. Marlon Samuels batted well. We have played good cricket in this tournament and will need to discuss this match and get over it,” he said. He has reportedly also said that he may continue playing in this format at the international stage.

Jayawardena scored 243 runs in the tournament – at an average of 40.5. His team beat the likes of Pakistan and New Zealand to reach the final. (NDTV)