Sri Lanka’s cricket captain says controlling pressure and mental strategy will play key role ahead of the World Cup. Angelo Mathews made the comments in an ICC statement to mark the one year countdown to the opening match of the World Cup to be played against New Zealand at Christchurch next year.
Mathews, who missed the final against India in Mumbai in 2011 due to an injury, said Sri Lanka was aiming to be in the best possible shape when it takes on New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament in Christchurch on 14 February.
“We need to peak at the right time, and we need to peak going into the World Cup, so that’s going to be the main challenge for all of us. We need to stay positive and play our brand of cricket. I think the mental approach is going to play a vital role, because going into a World Cup, we don’t need to put a lot of pressure on ourselves.
“We all know that it’s probably the biggest event that you can participate in. So it is a privilege, and we need to take it like that and enjoy our game.”