The decision of Mahela Jayawardane – the Sri Lanka captain in the recently concluded T20 World Cup to quit as the captain of the team after the loss to West Indies is more rather than less augmented by the defeat. Even if he had decided to quit as the captain even before the World Cup had started, it would indeed be difficult to believe it.
The best way out was to announce this decision some days before the commencement of the World Cup. That would have given enough time for his fans to digest the fact that their hero would notbe seen captaining the team in the future T20 matches. That would also have allowed Jayawardane to have some spare time before the Champions Trophy begins in South Africa.
There have been examples when an individual has made such announcements that so and so series would be the last of their career. Jayawardane could also have done the same. But as he has relinquished the post immediately after the defeat, an element of doubt willalways there.
Playing with the burden of captaincy is a thing that not all players can be successful in. One of the prominent examples of this is the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. After Mohd Azharuddin, it was Sachin Tendulkar who was touted to be the next captain of India. And as the wave was with the Master Blaster, he was appointed the captain.
Many newspapers and TV channels carried the reports then that Sachin wanted to make his team a world beater. He was always there to lead from the front with the bat and his confidence was sky high. However, captaincy was one thing he could never handle, at least not on the international front.
Mahela Jayawardane was also probably looking to get the monkey off his back by stepping down as the leader of the team. A captain’s post has become a hot seat these days. It now remains to be seen who comes next.