Perera - 'My policy is to stop dwelling on the past and failures'

Sri Lanka has won just four One-Day Internationals in 2017 and it will hope to better that record with Thisara Perera as captain.

Thisara Perera can contribute substantially to Sri Lanka with his all-round skills   -  Getty Images

Thisara Perera has urged Sri Lanka not to dwell on the past failures after being named captain for the limited-overs series in India.

Sri Lanka has had a forgettable year in the shorter formats, losing a One-Day International series against Zimbabwe for the first time, which led to the resignation of Angelo Mathews as skipper, while they also have been whitewashed 5-0 by South Africa, India and Pakistan, in that order.

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Perera will become the seventh man to captain Sri Lanka across all formats in 2017 when it faces India in three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals next month.

And for the 28-year-old Perera, who has played 125 ODIs and 63 T20Is, the focus is on the future.

"All teams go through tough patches, it's up to each of us to get past our mental barriers and perform best for our country," he said. "The goal for each one of us is to bring glory to our country. This must be clearly stated.

"I can confidently say that although India are currently best in the world in all three formats, if you compare each player of our team with any player in the world [not only India] we are on par with the best of the best.

"My policy as captain is to stop dwelling on the past and failures, and to march forward together with my team, with our eyes firmly planted on the goal of bringing glory to our motherland.

"I believe that if each player can perform to his individual potential, we can easily win this series."

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