Asia Cup 2014 March 9, 2014

Sri Lanka return to heroes' welcome

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"Four World Cup finals, four heartbreaks, but this is what it feels like to finally win something," one Sri Lanka fan was overheard saying, as the open-top bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricketers came into view near SLC headquarters. She was one of thousands who lined the streets, waving flags, decked in blue, tooting horns, and occasionally breaking out in a baila-flavoured jig as they awaited the Asia Cup-winners.

Cricket lovers in Sri Lanka are an apathetic bunch by South Asian standards, and on Sunday even the beaming players appeared surprised by the masses that had turned out for them, on 18 hours' notice. The joy in the whoops, the whistles and the waves could not be mistaken, but equally palpable was the relief. Sri Lanka's public had waited a long time to shower adulation on their players like this. The players, many of them accustomed to a relatively throng-free existence, lapped up the attention.

Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara were in predictably high demand from the masses, with many calling out their names in desperate hope for a wave or smile they could boast was directed at them alone. 'Sanga' and 'Anji' are not just the team's captain and best batsman, they are also the nation's biggest heartthrobs. Both men know it too.

But this time, the public was unusually sweet on another young player. Lahiru Thirimanne's stock rose exponentially during the tournament, in which he had hit two hundreds. Some in the crowd screaming his name were big enough to admit they had not thought much of him before the Asia Cup. He had been staring down Umar Gul about 20 hours ago, wearing that determined scowl evoking Gregory Peck's driving face in 'To Kill A Mockingbird', but he exchanged kinder pleasantries with his new legion of followers on Sunday.

Thirimanne was a favourite for photographs when the team disembarked at Maitland Place. At first he would oblige with a grin, but after about three dozen snaps, the slightest hint of that scowl returned. That was not to say he did not enjoy the adulation, because he would engage willingly in conversation and happily acquiesce to every request, but perhaps he is not as comfortable in the limelight as his role-model Sangakkara had been, even at that age. Not everyone has to be a public darling. Thirimanne will know, however, that if he continues to be this good at his job, he will have tens of thousands more photographs to pose for before his career is out.

Paul Farbrace was generous with his time too, keen to please the public, just as he has been with the team. Sri Lanka have played 12 matches under his watch and are yet to lose a game. His pronunciation of the players' last names leaves something to be desired, but given even his Sri Lankan-born predecessor Dav Whatmore had never really got his tongue around them, it is an easily forgiven foible.

There was relief at winning a final for now, but there was another vibe bubbling up from the multitude. "Here's a little something to show we appreciate you," they seemed to say, "but really, you ain't seen nothing yet."

"If you bring back another winners' trophy on April 7, we'll make it a day you'll never forget."

It's a steep demand, but that's the nature of Sri Lanka's cricket public. If the team didn't want to ratchet expectations so high, they shouldn't have been so damn good in this tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on March 15, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    SL is the best and most consisitant team ever and india cant even think of competing over it.

  • SLsupun on March 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @mgr125128, Dear, stop dreaming. Now it is proved that without Dhoni and Kohli India is not competeive. IPL is killing India's cricket making fans feel that cricket means hitting the ball hard. But it is about handling match situations and winning them under pressure. Now Indian players only can hit the ball hard because the base for them is nothing other than IPL. India had good players but now they have only MSD and Kohli. It is hard but still you gotta believe it. It is really pathotic even to talk about their bowling. Non of their bowlers will get a chance in Sri Lankan team if they were in Sri Lanka.

  • Capt.COOL on March 12, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @mgr125128: its the past mate..... the future for ur team seems to be dark....... very poor bowling, fielding, even batting........ without Kholi, india team cannot score a competitive score in a match..... u can speak about past those glorious days today...... but in future there will be no such days for u 2 speak.... truth is that man....... so before criticize another team try to adjust ur team well for upcoming games......unless u will lose every match...... being over confidence would lead indian fans to a disappointment.......

    ur Ques will be Answered in WT20 mate....... will see what will happen....

  • on March 12, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Dear mgr121whatever.understand that it's always better to qualify for a final rather than getting knocked out of super six(2007) I am amazed by the over confidence that you believe India has the best chance in wc2015, do you even have a bowling attack. People give 80runs in 8 overs. So stop dreaming wc won't be played on rajkot or some flat track. Poor you.

  • MichaelBurton on March 12, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    @mgr125128: You are wrong on this mate. We have been telling ranking system is flawed and in favor of BIG 3 especially India. NZ and Eng are definitely ahead of India on any day. Any team who get to the final can crown the title just because of pure luck as well.I am not telling India won all the titles due to luck. But it is a possibility. But, it is equally important how many times teams have come to the final as well. You might know how difficult it is to come to finals competing with top 8 teams.

  • mgr125128 on March 11, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    It is pretty strange how people will twist the facts and figures and draw their own conclusion to feel happy....but if same logic is applied to other teams and it does not suit them then its illogical. Hordes of SL/Pak fan pointing out that we reached "N" number of times to semifinals thats why we are better etc etc etc....no matter if we did not win the cup. Well by that logic NZ has reached the SF of world cup 6 times...but have never won the CUP. So is NZ a better team than SL/Pak/Eng or others who have won the cup ???? For that matter even England has made it to same number of finals but never won??? Does that make NZ/Eng better teams or worse teams....IN LIFE and in HISTORY, THEY ONLY REMEMBER THE WINNERS" not the also rans

  • mgr125128 on March 11, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    So SL wins the Asia cup and now you guys start to believe SL is better team than the current Worldcup and Champions trophy holders. Whats else do you guys try to believe in? I bet you guys also believe Superman is really a person and not a fictional character ;)

  • on March 11, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    It was never Ind vs SL affair, I dont know why some SL and some Indian fans are fighting on this forum, India vs Pak excitement and euphoria cannot be created by Ind vs SL......how boring, its always been Ind vs Pak, no need for SL fans to try and compete with India, SL was always just another team for India....

  • wonderstar1 on March 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @schathuranga I brought this medals into debate since one of your countrymen talked about population and some trash things. But anyhow if you want to compare how many medals have you won at olympics? so better stick to the topic. @Arcangel if population is the criteria for judging sports. then US or China must be winning the WC football every time. not Brazil or Germany. FYI I dint start comparing population until one of your countrymen started this.just look all the comments . @Sinhababu when compared to previous editions India did reasonably well at last Olympics. So, they are improving and they will only get better from next Olympics.BTW how about SL in olympics instead of talking about India is improving or not?

  • cricket_slcsupport on March 11, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Well Done Boys ! Extremely happy for this win, after a very long time. I don't know why the Lankan fans & Indian Fan fight. I personally like the Indian team, wonderful players. Of course our Pakistan players too. Well done all !

  • on March 15, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    SL is the best and most consisitant team ever and india cant even think of competing over it.

  • SLsupun on March 13, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @mgr125128, Dear, stop dreaming. Now it is proved that without Dhoni and Kohli India is not competeive. IPL is killing India's cricket making fans feel that cricket means hitting the ball hard. But it is about handling match situations and winning them under pressure. Now Indian players only can hit the ball hard because the base for them is nothing other than IPL. India had good players but now they have only MSD and Kohli. It is hard but still you gotta believe it. It is really pathotic even to talk about their bowling. Non of their bowlers will get a chance in Sri Lankan team if they were in Sri Lanka.

  • Capt.COOL on March 12, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @mgr125128: its the past mate..... the future for ur team seems to be dark....... very poor bowling, fielding, even batting........ without Kholi, india team cannot score a competitive score in a match..... u can speak about past those glorious days today...... but in future there will be no such days for u 2 speak.... truth is that man....... so before criticize another team try to adjust ur team well for upcoming games......unless u will lose every match...... being over confidence would lead indian fans to a disappointment.......

    ur Ques will be Answered in WT20 mate....... will see what will happen....

  • on March 12, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Dear mgr121whatever.understand that it's always better to qualify for a final rather than getting knocked out of super six(2007) I am amazed by the over confidence that you believe India has the best chance in wc2015, do you even have a bowling attack. People give 80runs in 8 overs. So stop dreaming wc won't be played on rajkot or some flat track. Poor you.

  • MichaelBurton on March 12, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    @mgr125128: You are wrong on this mate. We have been telling ranking system is flawed and in favor of BIG 3 especially India. NZ and Eng are definitely ahead of India on any day. Any team who get to the final can crown the title just because of pure luck as well.I am not telling India won all the titles due to luck. But it is a possibility. But, it is equally important how many times teams have come to the final as well. You might know how difficult it is to come to finals competing with top 8 teams.

  • mgr125128 on March 11, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    It is pretty strange how people will twist the facts and figures and draw their own conclusion to feel happy....but if same logic is applied to other teams and it does not suit them then its illogical. Hordes of SL/Pak fan pointing out that we reached "N" number of times to semifinals thats why we are better etc etc etc....no matter if we did not win the cup. Well by that logic NZ has reached the SF of world cup 6 times...but have never won the CUP. So is NZ a better team than SL/Pak/Eng or others who have won the cup ???? For that matter even England has made it to same number of finals but never won??? Does that make NZ/Eng better teams or worse teams....IN LIFE and in HISTORY, THEY ONLY REMEMBER THE WINNERS" not the also rans

  • mgr125128 on March 11, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    So SL wins the Asia cup and now you guys start to believe SL is better team than the current Worldcup and Champions trophy holders. Whats else do you guys try to believe in? I bet you guys also believe Superman is really a person and not a fictional character ;)

  • on March 11, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    It was never Ind vs SL affair, I dont know why some SL and some Indian fans are fighting on this forum, India vs Pak excitement and euphoria cannot be created by Ind vs SL......how boring, its always been Ind vs Pak, no need for SL fans to try and compete with India, SL was always just another team for India....

  • wonderstar1 on March 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @schathuranga I brought this medals into debate since one of your countrymen talked about population and some trash things. But anyhow if you want to compare how many medals have you won at olympics? so better stick to the topic. @Arcangel if population is the criteria for judging sports. then US or China must be winning the WC football every time. not Brazil or Germany. FYI I dint start comparing population until one of your countrymen started this.just look all the comments . @Sinhababu when compared to previous editions India did reasonably well at last Olympics. So, they are improving and they will only get better from next Olympics.BTW how about SL in olympics instead of talking about India is improving or not?

  • cricket_slcsupport on March 11, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Well Done Boys ! Extremely happy for this win, after a very long time. I don't know why the Lankan fans & Indian Fan fight. I personally like the Indian team, wonderful players. Of course our Pakistan players too. Well done all !

  • on March 11, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    @RD_CricFan: With the cupboard full of tropies, everybody tend to believe that IND is not a flat track bully. This is not showing anger or jelousy but to reveal the truth which is far from fans beliefs and talks. There are isolated wins against AUS, SA, ENG in their countries, but overall they are far behind SL and PAK. Please see below stats to confirm IND is really a flat track bully and the worst among top 3 Asian teams. If anybody can challenge this statistics and prove me wrong without just parroting bulshit, I accept the truth. See below Win/loss ratios for last 5 yrs against SA, AUS and ENG in their pitches SL-1.10 PAK-0.44 India-0.30 BAN-0.25 http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;host=1;host=2;host=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=11+Mar+2014;spanmin2=11+Mar+2009;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • Dhushan on March 11, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Amid all the jealousy & verbal assaults going on in this page from the Indian fans, as a Sri Lankan fan I want to take the opportunity to thank the humble, & decent Pakistan fans who have wished our team well. If any Indian fans did the same, many thanks to you guys as well. This is an article about the Sri Lankan cricket team. Allows us to savour this victory, if it does not relate to you. Cheers!

  • Sinhabahu on March 11, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    @wonderstar1, talking about your population, how come India always fails miserably at the Olympics?

  • sean187 on March 11, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    The funny part is Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers get along very well. i woudl say they get along the best amongst all the other teams. They why do Indian and Sri lankan fans always fight on cricinfo..weird isn't it? So as an Indian fan...Congratulations Sri Lanka..good win...India fought well but were not good enough to qualify for the finals...this is cricket and the two teams will end up beating each other whenever they play..fans don't beat yourselves over it

  • ArcAngel on March 11, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @wonderstar1 you are a country with 1.2 billion people. Are you really comparing the talent against a country that has 1/60 of the population of India?

  • on March 11, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Aravind_verified >The celebration is not just for winning the Asia Cup. LOL. we've won the bloody thing 5 times before..another one is not a big deal. The big deal & why the SL suporters are celebreating is because we've finaly broken the Final Jinx.. To get to World Cup finals 4 times & loosing 4 times in the Final has had a lot of heart breaks.. Imagine this happened in Ind ? I bet none of the players will have their houses come the next Morning. But this is SL..the fans here behave differently.. We endure.. We grumble & gets pissed off a bit when we loose a finals but after a couple of days everybody forgets about it & goes on with their lives

    But we know that the SL team is as good as any team in the world..& 5 World cup finals have proven it to the rest of the world as well as well as to the Indians that Yeah..WE ARE AS GOOD AS YOU..

    So this celebration is much as for breaking the Final Jinx & the "HOPE" that When we get to the Finals We Can Win it this time

  • 9ST9 on March 11, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    When people like 'martin000 ' keep on posting about the same fact that India have a better record against SL(in fact they have been posting that for years now) - it just makes you wonder about OCD and then you start feeling sorry for them.

  • wscperera on March 11, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Thank you wasin akram ,russel/Ramiz, without you sri lanka have no support in comentry box.

  • schathuranga on March 11, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @wonderstar1 We have olimpic silver medalist for athletics not for badminton or chess. we prove our talent day by day dont be jelousy.

  • JoyBangladesh71 on March 10, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka!! You guys played well throughout the tournament and am really happy to see that you won.

  • on March 10, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    This is QUITE sad, guys. If the Asia Cup is inconsequential to the Indians, the Indian team simply shouldn't participate. Everyone can see how important this tournament is for you guys as there are more comments from Indian fans stating how 'inconsequential' and 'unimportant' the Asia Cup is than Sri Lankans congratulating!

    To people who are saying this is too much, FYI, there were bigger crowds when the Sri Lankan team came back after the 2011 World Cup final loss. Sri Lankans LOVE their team whether they win or lose.

    Sri Lanka were consistent, won all the games and deserved to win. Nuff said.

  • on March 10, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Spirit of the game awards to be won among spectators.. Fans.. Wud be a gr8 initiative.. Lotta hatred here unfortunately.. Sad to say tht comment filtering needs to be far more diligent.. Or else this super app.. Our bread n butter.. may be held responsible.. Emotional outpour true.. But interpreted 10 ways by 10 different people.. Pls guys.. Keep it clean.. Luv n Peace..

  • BigINDFan on March 10, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Good closely fought Asia cup and SL was consistent through out to be winners, well deserved victory! I am sure SL fans were waiting for the team to break the finals jinx like Red Sox for a long time.

    Ind and SL fans - stop arguing about whose country is better and which teams are better against Aus, Eng etc. Enjoy the competition and give credit where it is due. The players worked very hard and the better team on the day won.

    Kohli speaks his mind even if it comes across rude. He needs to filter what he says as a captain to give credit to other teams than just saying it was an escape or fluke like high school kids. He will mature with time since he is a fine cricketer.

  • Sageleaf on March 10, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka for wining the Asia Cup 2014 and they deserved it. it was fascinating how the commentators were praising Kohli this |Kholi that so on and so forth while playing against India. Then it was Afridi this ..Afridi that..Ajmal This Ajmal that and also Misbah this and that when playing against Pakistan.No one gave any credit to SL and they just took one game at a time. It was not a easy cake walk playing two giants in cricket and competing for Asia cup. But Sl did well in all games and came on top wining the Asia cup through sheer perseverance and they have now won 8 ODI's straight. I met Virat Kohli when he came to SL two nights ago and he said "SL had a narrow escape against India". I said to Kohli "SL did not but watch out Virat SL will be the team to watch out during the coming years".

  • RD_CricFan on March 10, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I have question from guys who always says Indian team is flat track bully....If their team is so good on swinging pitches...then why do they crumble to india and loses almost all matches...is that straight and even bounced ball really difficult to play for those world class players.....and more so if you extract the records it is India who has dominated Pak and Srilanka outside Asia.

  • on March 10, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Aravind....hah lets see how Indians going show up in WT20.... & remember in the Asia cup final most of our experienced players didn't play..... even sanga was dismissed for the first ball he faced.... its all youngsters who carry out the game to win.... and ur soo called experimental team(only absence of MSD) loss to both SL & PAK.... & u know u ar going to put ur experimental team in WT20.... and again here comes the loss one BY one.....

  • wonderstar1 on March 10, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    @KingRavaana . haha.. When was the last time you won a test match in Australia or India? No forget about playing in Australia. when was the last time you beat Australia in tests in Sri lanka? some 15 years back. we white washed them last year 4-0. your team cant even dream of doing that against any other team let alone australia. first of all your team wont even get to play 4 test vs Australia. Max 3 tests. @Virajith Wijesinghe tell me other than cricket what do SL have to boast about in sports? at least we have a chess master and champion badminton player.

  • Nuwas on March 10, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    @Aravind_verified : clearly you don't watch cricket nowadays do you? not even the cricket played by your so-called "World Champs" ??? Or did you mistaken our SL team for your team??? lol whatever dude...

  • shakeena on March 10, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    whats up with these Indian fans ? Please accept the truth and be humble to respect the game of Cricket. spread the Love and friendship which brings with this amazing game. Be friendly with Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka at least in the game of Cricket :) !!! Teach Kholi to be a gentleman like Sanga, have a bit of personality like Afridi :) yah Yah India is a great team as well as Sri Lanka and Pakistan. We are all heroes time to time !!! some times one day Afghanistan will beat all these teams.. That's the beauty of this great game of Cricket.

  • on March 10, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    at aravind varified your comment shows the entire world that how much you have frustrated with your own team. I can use the same wording with some minor changes to some names. but I won't make such a comments

  • wonderstar1 on March 10, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    @TommyTuckersaffa. Is there any need to drag sachin into this? First you were telling that kallis was better than sachin. now sangakara is better than sachin. tomorrow or after 50 years another X and Y person will be better than sachin. It just shows how jealous you are about sachin and I don't see any logic in your statement. so I am not even going to enter the debate of Sachins average in Australia and Eng vs sangakaras average in those countries, but as well know including you who is better technically and mentally. so, forget about sachin and concentrate on how your team is going to perform without 2 legends.

  • Aravind_Verified on March 10, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Is this Asia cup such a big tournament in ICC calender to celebrate like this?? India took this tournament lightly and used this tournament to test their back up players..and srilankans are over the moon winning this series..sangakkara is their only good player and this team will crumble after his retirement..there is no good young player in this team other than mathews..but everyone knows his fitness..and thirimmane has his first good tournament for srilanka in 4 years..a non performer like chandimal is their vice captain..their bowling lineup is pathetic..all their fast bowlers averages 50-60 and nuwan pradeep averaging close to 100..so within 2-3 years srilankan cricket reach their bottom..

  • King_Ravanaa on March 10, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    @rosh79.. Lol bi just fall from my Chair when reading the comment by you. last 14 occasions SL and Aus met SL won 8 times, not playing in SL, all 14 games played in Australia and in England. and last T20 series held in Aus between SL and Aus, SL won it 2-0. Mediocre Indian team could not even dream of performing like that in fast bouncy wickets. India ranked 3rd In Asia, and far below in world standards.

  • on March 10, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    LOL @ all the INDIANS who r crying here shouting "We are better, see we r better than all of you..we really r..here are facts..see..see..why cant u accept that we r better"

    Seriously guys..this is a topic about Sri Lanka's public & their team..not attached to Indian team or its fans what so ever.. So to see all of you indians in THIS thread..just shows how much it has hurt..LOL

    We just cant stop laughing at you all... grow up..the more the Indian fans cry the more the rest of the world laughs at them..I dont know why they cant get that in their heads :D

  • on March 10, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    India is a desperate country for skilled sportsman in all games. Country's population is 1.3 billion people, but unfortunately cannot find 11 world class players. In comparison, Pak and SL got great talented cricketers.

  • rosh79 on March 10, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I read all comments here by Srilankan Fans. Srilanka is somehow manage to win Asia Cup. Lucky!! But all knows the difference between Indian Team & other Asian teams. Indian team is far superior than them in all aspects. We show you both countries in upcoming T20 WC this month that who is the best. And I think only in world cricket today India is a single team who is capable to defeat current Australian side. Yah I know it's impossible for you both mediocre teams to face Johnson Harris & other Aussies Fast bowlers but we do, bcoz we are the best in world cricket not AUS not SA

  • Nuwas on March 10, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    @srinideva : too bad since we wont get any chance to beat your skins out this T20, guess what you won't make it to the finals this time, may be you guys will be lucky enough to make it to the semis, no further ...

  • King_Ravanaa on March 10, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    After India having test status for more than 90 years, what does India actually gain?.. took 70+ years to register their first single test win SA, took 80+ year to win a single test in Aus. when compare that with 30+ years history of Sri Lanka Cricket people getting amazed. having world's second most population, what does India achieve really? having just 21 Million what SL achieved?? do you guys need to compare.? Ask any Aussi who they want to see touring them, they will say it's SL, every time they mentioned the competitiveness of SL team and players, they just enjoy watching them. and ask anybody who are the "Flat Track Bullies" in Cricket world everyone will say it's India. India is nothing for mighty SL. India is just a mediocre team with over hyped image by the Indian media. Truth is bitter

  • Wolverine8877 on March 10, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    @ din7, You are a rare breed of an indian fan. indian team is good no doubt about that but not the greatest. Dhoni is the best captain right now in the ODI format considering how he manage his available resources. Kohli is the best batsman currently going around in the international scene no doubt. 2011 world cup final we SL fans have our own reasons to think our guys didnt perform 100%. But SL is also good on their own way. They play a different brand of cricket.

  • on March 10, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    mj :sanga :dhoni :kohali aus-33 41 47 55 eng-42 38 47 48 new-31 36 58 53 pak-29 36 60 34 wi- 42 30 52 57 sa- 23 46 30 35 ind- 34 40 shri- " 61 52 now all fans tell me who is better if sanga mahela r legnds then think abt dhoni and kohli

  • anoop3301 on March 10, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    @Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara: This is what exactly Sri Lanka did to the Indian team for a few years leading upto 2011 - knocked out in league matches in CB Series 2008 when India was victorious. Won Asia Cup 2008 in final against India.Lost to India in an ODI series at home in July 2008. Won against India in a series @ home in July 2008. Lost to India in an ODI series @ home in Jan 2009. Lost to India in a tri series in September 2009.Again lost to India in a test and ODI series away in November 2009.Lost to India in Asia Cup 2010. Drawn a test series and lost ODI series at home against India in August 2010. And of course you know, lost to India in World Cup 2011. if you care to go through cricinfo, most of these matches were played on Sri Lankan Pitches. This is some history of achievement. Please do relish it.

  • NomanQadir on March 10, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Deserved winners...They were the team to beat in the tournament and proved that by beating Pakistan in the finals. In order for you to win tournaments you need match winners. You can not just be a group of talented guys, you need one or two guys who rise up and perform at the big stage. They had a few of them and each one rose when they needed him. When Sanga failed Thirmane batted, when every one else failed Mathews batted. Malinga was brilliant when he needed to be brilliant and that is what championship teams are all about rising to the occasion, well done guys and it is nice to see Jaisuriya back in Sri lankan cricket

  • zarasochozarasamjho on March 10, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Congrats to SL from a Pak supporter. They were definitely the best team THROUGHOUT the tournament. Their batting depth is huge, and the bowling strong too with Malinga. the Slinga, around. Pakistan's pace attack has been poor throughout this tournament and let us down big time. Why is Gul in the team and Anwar Ali (who has consistently performed and can bat) out? Nepotism and corruption is the basis of PCB "works".

  • MunafAhmed811 on March 10, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    : Here are stats for INd-SL series as per your request India has beaten Srilanka in ODI series as follows : In India in 1982/83 (3-0),1986-87(4-1),1990-91(2-1), 1993/94(2-1),2005/2006(6-1),2006/2007(2-1),2009/10(3-1). India has also defeated SL in SL in1993 (2-1),2008(3-2),2008/09(4-1),2012(4-1).SL has beaten India only once 1997 (3-0) in SL only (the era you dreamt about). India thrashed SL in 2003 and 1999 and defeated SL in final of 2011 Worldcup and your players were seen sobbing towards end of final. Lions indeedI think these stats should be enough to send you guys into shell for next few decades till you guys catch up. Lets not even discuss test matches just because I am nice person and dont want you guys go :(.

  • immi2711 on March 10, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    A very hearty congrats from Pakistan....

    To all the haters...a famous American coach said...you are what your team record suggests....SL has cleaned up everyone in the Asia Cup...so deserving winner...Stop crying....you know who you are...

  • din7 on March 10, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    dont understand why our fellow indian fans start cryin on evry forum...except it guys we are average side...we were never and will never be really best in the world in all formats...having said that sl arent that great side ever..but they have deservingly won the asia cup and have all reasons to be happy...i found such comments evrywhere in evryseries...last saw in aus vs sa series..just because we think our side is great doesnt really make us a great side! grow up, acceptin truth isnt that harsh!

  • Big3BOSS on March 10, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    For all SL fans claiming to thrash India for decades - here are stats to support your theory. India SL bilateral series record since 1997 - because before 1996 SL was a considered minnow so sparing series losses records before 1996 becos I am such a nice person. India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2012 India 4-1 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2009/10 India 3-1 (5 , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008/09 India 4-1 (5) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008 India 3-2 (5) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2006/07 India 2-1 (4) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2006 drawn 0-0 (3) , Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2005/06 India 6-1 (7) , India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 1997 Sri Lanka3-0 (3) . Not to mention the worldcup final 2011 was also one of the major India thrashing SL as usual match and can be counted as major victory over SL. There were more victories than losses on neutral venues too over the period 1996 -2012. Do you want stats for that too.

  • Wolverine8877 on March 10, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @ martin000, before dreaming of meeting Sri Lanka in the semi finals, try reaching 1st or 2nd spot in ur group first!

  • on March 10, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Indian fans just get mad when they see SL or PK perform big stage. They don't accept anyone other than sachin or dhoni can play cricket . its more hilarious when you see Indian fans keep riding on hyped players over ground realities. Its a complete shame that big 3+ heap of money and 1 billion people can't produce decent bowler other than preparing flat tracks to boost bating averages of incapable players. luckily die hard Indian fans seems blindly follow media stunts. walk up ! look at SL and PK. learn and grow up.

  • afaleel on March 10, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Kudos to our SL team. congrats and you played really well all through out the tournament and you are indeed the deserving winners.Well , we are not the least worried of the comment made by thease indians and we care two hoots of what you have to say.I only hope our boys (SL) continue this good work as we as a country will always stand by you if you give a 100% no matter what the result is.Also i only hope that priyanjan is not considered moving forward as we have other classy and techically correct batsman and other youngsters who should replace him.I also hope the corrupt SLC office bearers do stand back and let the fans decide what is best and not get your two sense by including your favourites to the team unless they are worthy players and stay away from the cash box. Sanga, you are always our star , thisri, you are our rising star, kusal , you are our master blaster, mahela, as far as u play cricketeing shots, we always believed in your class , and the rest you are maturing .

  • on March 10, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Fantastic performance by Srilanka and Pakistan... great teams and sad to see how some Indian fans are crying over spilt milk, come guys grow up... and give full credit to Sri Lankan team they deserved it.

  • true-cric-lover on March 10, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    @vkias .. yes mate. you are 100% correct. past is past. but this article about 2014 asia cup though.. :P

  • on March 10, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    What is it with SOME (NOT ALL) Indian cricket fans and their constant 'look at me, look at how great my team is, look at this, look at that' banter? Why?? And some fans from other nations encourage this by joining in with these petty, schoolboy like arguments started by some Indian fans!

    Get a grip guys! If you constantly need to do this, maybe what is in your pants isn't as big as you would like it to be! Isn't espncricinfo.com supposed to be a celebration of cricket, not a mutual masturbation website for SOME Indian fans and others who obviously have very little else in their lives to be happy about??

  • on March 10, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka played to the asia cup final except in 2012. So it's a better performance than India.

  • kr_kinshuk on March 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka, Well done for winning a big tournament in the sub - continent. And all the best for the T20 wOrld Cup as well.

  • martin000 on March 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @ Wolverine8877, Really mate?? After facing tough opponent like AUS,Pak & WI in group matches do we really have to face SL in knockouts?? Is it going to be that easy for India in Knockouts?? If it is so, being an Indian fan, you can't ask more.

  • phunny_game on March 10, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    SL fans posing as the most calm fans and followers of statistics here because of the win is amusing. Because they clearly do not have the numbers to brag about... And every time SL loses to India (which is quite often, i must say) they talk like every tournament is not really worth it, SL-India ties are meaningless etc. Grow up guys...

    And all those who suggest Indians to "go and post there comments on some other thread" need to learn that this is a public forum, and just like you talk meaningless stuff about each and every Indian article, everybody else has the right to do that too.

    BTW this one win against India in the Asia cup makes it.. what... 3 wins against India in the last two years??? Or maybe 4... Cause for a celebration and a bus ride surely.

  • on March 10, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Mr.one bump....sorry for your tears.but SL deserved to become Asian Champs because they are really champs than so-called ranking heroes and Big 3 bullies.some time tv viewers feel very uncomfortable as some indian commentators were very much indianized.this is an international game and commentators duty is to be neutral as much as possible.and their Key to success plan totally gone insane. actually SL wasn't returned to heroes welcome.they will be always heroes.we welcomed them when the lost many finals and believed them instead "indian like stone/fire attack. so india never play to give a chance to poor players in SL and PAK...india played shit out for save their homes from angry indifans..and they were lucky to no to beaten by Bangs and emerging super heroes great AFGHANS .so you back off!

  • on March 10, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Please dont put chandimal in the wct20. Thx

  • mgr125128 on March 10, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Wow ...looking at all the SL/Pakistan fans comments who are saying their teams are better than India because they reached finals or SF "n" number of times since 2007. Well friends reaching final and loosing is called bieng second or in others words not bieng the Champions. In the same period of times where Pakistan /SL has reached finals but have just an Asia cup or T20 2009 cup to show for it...India has 2007 Twenty20 World cup, 2011 World Cup,2013 Champions trophy 2013 ,Asia cup 2010, CB series cup 2008 and THAT is what history will remember my dear friends not who reached finals and lost "n" number of times. But then I guess you guys know it and I am pretty sure your comments are coping self mechanisms to deal with failure.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 10, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka!!! Sanga is so much better than Sachin.

  • mgr125128 on March 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Its very obvious from the comments here that whenever the Indian team is seen. the SL fans are getting sleepless nights since the ghost of 2011 WC final seems to come haunt them. As for my dear Pakistani friends ...I guess Mohali Semifinal 2011 and T20 2007 Wc final is giving them jealousy and hurting them real bad everytime they see India. Or is it that the IPL income of Indian players is a jealousy factor.

  • Wolverine8877 on March 10, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @ martin000 Wait and see mate. Your wish will be granted in the near future! But unfortunately not during the T20 WC 2014, coz for india to meet Sri Lanka, india should win either 1st or 2nd slot in their group! By looking at group 2 mate, That is highly unlikely.... So may be some other time Pal...

  • KingPower on March 10, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka must now learn how to get all their Players to perform better than the rest of the world - at every game! They must be able to score 200 at every T20 and 400 at every ODI before they could be considered World Class! Good Luck, Sri Lanka!

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    They deserve . They are all now Su.per-Du.per.

  • Munafis810 on March 10, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Indian cricketing major victories in limited overs cricket ( Four teams and above tournaments only***)

    1983 World Cup. 1985 B &H World series. 2002 ICC Champions Trophy(Joint winners) 2007 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships 2011 World Cup 2013 Champions trophy 2013 2014 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships

    Whats even better India has defeated Pakistan in two of the finals..once in 1985** and then in 2007**

    *** This list does not include any tri-series results but if it did it has won the Natwest Trophy in England (2001) and CB Series in 2008 in Australia . The Asia cup and the tournaments in Sharjah were basically as good as triseries so the results of these are ignored, but just for the record India has won the Asia cup 5 times ((1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010) which is a record in itself ** http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65731.html - 1985

    I would say thats a pretty neat record ...only next to Australia and WestIndies ;). SL/Pak fans can u list your victory list?

  • Munafis810 on March 10, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    @ Daniyal Zafar

    1983 World Cup. 1985 B &H World series. 2002 ICC Champions Trophy(Joint winners) 2007 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships 2011 World Cup 2013 Champions trophy 2013

    Whats even better India has defeated Pakistan in two of the finals..once in 1985** and then in 2007**

    *** This list does not include any tri-series results but if it did it has won the Natwest Trophy in England (2001) and CB Series in 2008 in Australia . The Asia cup and the tournaments in Sharjah were basically as good as triseries so the results of these are ignored, but just for the record India has won the Asia cup 5 times ((1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010) which is a record in itself

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    pakistan in last 7 icc tournaments.. 2007 played final. 2009 won the final 2011 semi final 2012 semi final 2013 asian champ 2013 semi final now 2014 asia cup final.. way better then indian team..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 10, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    The undisputed 2 powerhouses of Asian cricket-Pak and SL.Last 2 edition of Asia Cup bears testment to fact.Congrats SL for this AC win,commisserations Pak.SL just bit better all round on day.And for distant 3rd spot in Asia,close matchup betw. Ind/BD!-:)

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    @Ali_Chaudhary.. SL won Asia Cup 5 times, Ind won it 5 times and Pak won it 2 times.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Dhoni bailed out at the right moment running out of excuses after hiding they got from SA and NZ. Gues what he was doing during asia cup? Preparing more excuses.LOL

  • martin000 on March 10, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    @Sarathi & 9ST9, Even in the same stats you guys can check SL's records against India anywhere in this planet or any other planet for that matter. It will prove you one thing that we own SL and with that stats these SL fans bully India in every possible forums and expecting us to do nothing?? Earn some respect from us by winning matches and then bully us mate.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    It is better to loose in a FINAL or semi final than getting eliminated in the first round it self. At least the srilankan team was respected for that. Remember the last T20WC in SL? how all the teams did their part i.e meddling with their run rates, bonus poits etc etc to kick the Indians out? The most disliked team in the tournament was the Indian team, and nothing has changed ever since.

  • Night_Fury on March 10, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Congrats SL. Finally you guys win a Final. Good team effort. Even been an Indian Fan, i can say that the Final was touch and go. Pakistan let it slip to be honest and even though SL won, i feel Pak was better team till they started dropping catches. Pak needs better keeper. Akmal and Karthik looks to me on same boat as far as keeping is concerned. Somehow i feel that such multi country tournaments should be like the CB series which used to happen earlier in AUS. It gives all the teams a better chance of qualifying. Also the finals should be best of 3. Somehwere someone has to think that loss of 1 off game should not be good for kicking one team out. Coming to T20 WC, From India's point of view T20 world cup would be interesting now considering Yuvi and Raina are back and so is Dhoni. PAK goes favourite and so does SL.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    To all Indian fans who could not swallow SL victory and burn in jelousy... Asia Cup title win is nothing new to us. we already won it 5 times. what's important to us is we finally able to finish the Jinx in finals. We came to final in 4 consecutive ICC World titles, and this time it's ours to grab, 2015 Wc and this T20 wc is ours to grab.. just burn in jealousy, it's our victory

  • onebump on March 10, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    My dear fellow SL fans, please don't insult these fanatical Indian supporters. After all they are sponsoring our players... India came to Bangladesh, paid the poor players of Pakistan and SL and went away without trophies. So what a big sacrifice they have made? That is due to these die hard fans! So please back off!

    Also, lets be humble in a win.... a win we have tasted after so many years! Who knows what happens tomorrow.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Lol.. Indians got thrashed from ranked 7 NZ Team and still claiming they are the best. Well looks like the monkeys are praising their own tales.. We badly need a "Small 3" now, IND-KEN-ZIM.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on March 10, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Thank god After Pakistan wn the last Asia Cup, SL has won one too. Now all of suuden Asia Cup seems the best tourny of all time. India won this 5 Times and noone talke abt it. Had India won the last too asia Cup would still have been a very meaningless tournament. So thanks Team India for losing the 2 Tournaments and increasing it´s value.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Can all you Indians go pose for adverts with your team please, That is what the indian team is good for. ACTING. Oh take some make up as well coz Virat kohli needs it badly.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    India is a mediocre team, whole world knows that, constantly getting thrashing all over the world. Ind is no match for mighty SL, no wonder why most countries including SL getting defeating by Ind is treating as an upset still. Ind lost past 13 ODI's and didn't win any test match, all in all its 20-0 lol. India is flat track bullies we all know that, and they got no chance in WC 2015 and in this year's T20, SL gonna win the both titles.

  • 9ST9 on March 10, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    nice Stats @Sarathi but you are dealing with Ind fans - they actually don't comprehend numbers or facts that well :D

  • vkumar_086 on March 10, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @ all SL fans....enjoy your very rare victory for the time being, you wont get such another opportunity again...i think you were waiting for it since from 2007....if you missed this opportunity now, again you have to wait till 2021...you are saying past is past...but this ASIA cup also become history now....

  • vkumar_086 on March 10, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @ all SL fans....enjoy your very rare victory for the time being, you wont get such another opportunity again...i think you were waiting for it since from 2007....if you missed this opportunity now, again you have to wait till 2021...you are saying past is past...but this ASIA cup also become history now....

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Really shameful the way some of the Indian fans acting in this thread. it shows how unbearable they are to swallow this victory. this win important for SL only because we finally broke the jinx of finals. i can only imagine why so many Indians hurt alot nothing but they feel their dark days are just arriving like what SL did to them in before 2011. Indian team nowadays getting thrashed everywhere they go. it has to do nothing with SL fans or Team, its because Ind team isn't talented.

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    remember this is to all Indian cricket fans who always criticizise SL.... being the Smallest cricket playing nation in the world SL have shown there power on every aspects of cricket....and yet India who has 10 times larger population than SL cant find proper 11 for their squad.....what a shame..... and be ready guys our 11 will beat u in ICC WT20.... GET READY FOR THE SHOWDOWN...

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    hats off to the heroes of sri lankan winning teams .Wish yu happy wt20 as well .Regarding sid comments of sri lanka a mediocre team i don know whats the problem of our arch rivals they consider themselves top team . they have no spinner like ajmal or herath no fast bowler like junaid irfan malinga . their best spinner ashwin has better batting technique than most of their batsmen :) .They havent been able to reach final of asia cup in last 2 editions . pakistan and sri lanka have never been winless throughout whole series one day test in NZ once still indians are not happy with other asian teams . From a pakistani fan .

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Well done SL. Unlike the Pakistanis the Indians find it hard to accept defeat. The comments on this page show it. It is only a sport. Win or lose all matters is how the game was played. Hope at least the younger generations will learn how to accept defeat. Once again congrats to Sri Lanka!

  • on March 10, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    its good if we(SL) have our first match 20/20 against soo called champions India.... specialy When MSD captaining India....

  • CricSriLanka on March 10, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    @ sidh78: just a reminder the Asia Cup was a ODI series and not a test series.

  • on March 10, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Here is the ANSWER to the people who are saying SL are flat track bullies. I am asking these people to just click on the following links. See who are the best.. These links are of the results obtain from "Cricinfo Statguru" facility and it is about the result summary of INDIA, SL, PAK in AUS, ENG, SA and in NZ against those home teams. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;host=2;opposition=2;spanmax1=31+Dec+2100;spanmin1=01+Jan+2001;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team;view=opposition http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;host=1;opposition=1;spanmax1=31+Dec+2100;spanmin1=01+Jan+2001;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team;view=opposition http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;host=3;opposition=3;spanmax1=31+Dec+2100;spanmin1=01+Jan+2001;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team;view=opposition

  • on March 10, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    We can be mediocre but the truth is, every time they lose a game in the asia cup matches the Indian team was losing about 30,000 dollers in every game ,that hurts buddy !!!

  • srinideva on March 10, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @Nuwas, Please Enjoy your victory. because its very rare kind for your national team. It feels good now that we beat SL in the WC2011 and CT 2013.

  • vkumar_086 on March 10, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    @ sidh78 you have forgotten to mention that SL win against INDIA in all forms of cricket is around 35%.....this only shows they are way behind us....you have given very big blow by your stats to SL fans....they wont forget it rest of their life.....keep it up bro......

  • aftab2u on March 10, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistan was a difficult opponent but hats off to Srilanka the way they won the match very convincingly. Good luck for the coming T-20 World Cup.

  • shakeena on March 10, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @Sidh78 - Thanx Sid.. we humbly and truthfully accept the fact that India is a great Cricketing nation.. But Sir Lanka has it's giants and glory days , down times and bad talents. It's the nature of the cricket. That's why we all love cricket. This time we won the Asia Cup and next time may be you guys can win.. The real difference between our two nations are the way we celebrate the loses and wins. we have been runner ups for four major tournaments. But we never burnt our cricketers posters or houses, we didn't posted ugly images in internet. we didn't threw stones at them. We have always welcomed them as we did Sunday with warm wishes weather they won or lost. So Please accept the truth and be humble to respect the game of Cricket. spread the Love and friendship which brings with this amazing game. Be friendly with Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka at least in the game of Cricket :) Teach Kholi to be a gentleman like Sanga, have a bit of personalty like Afridi :)

  • martin000 on March 10, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    A similar kind of celebration happened in BAN when they reached finals in previous edition of Asia cup and even in AFG this Asia cup when they beat BAN. This cup really means something to countries like SL & BAN. Your team really deserves this win after toiling hard in BAN for almost a month before Asia cup. Congrats guys!!! Your team needs this more than anyone else for the sake of keeping your hopes alive. If those fans who attended the carnival, spent some money for tickets to the empty stadiums where their players play, it would be really great.

  • yohandf on March 10, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @ Darkmanx12155 - you are seeing only one side of the coin .Had Misbah got out early , pressure would have mounted on rest and they could have collapsed for poultry 200-210 . So if you dont wanna give SL a credit , thats fine . but don t blame Misbah who always stabilize their inning for bizarre situations . From SL fan

  • true-cric-lover on March 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @ sidh78.. Why u use terms like "MEDICORE" for a team. You can use them against commenter but not for a team because u also a just commenter. Team represents a country. Loss or win can be the result because cricket is a sport. And sometimes teams in top form and sometimes not. IND is ahead in winning big events and SL is mostly runners up. Fast tracks are something different case though and experience for IND is more than SL because they offer more matches in such tracks. But overall record shows for the last 20years SL win more matches (ODI and T20) against AUS, ENG, NZ and SA in their soil and IND better only in TEST format than SL (Pl query and see). As u said SL loss recently played most matches against IND but current form of the two teams can be difference. Upcoming T20WC and 2015WC will give the result. Till wait my friend and no pain at all as u think. cricinfo pl publish.

  • Naresh28 on March 10, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    WELL DONE SL!!!! Your team plays hard and deserve this CUP. My fellow Indian fans dont look at past wins against SL - they dont matter. SL have the ASIA cup. PAK played well also - India need a player like slinga Malinga if they are to have any hopes - its obvious that BOWLING IS VERY WEAK in team INDIA.

  • Ruchi89 on March 10, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    well done SrLanka,1st step for next world cup,keep it up

  • ms2000 on March 10, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka and thank you Pakistan, Bangaladesh and Afganistan ( the future giants in Cricket) for your wishes. We Sri Lankans always enjoy when our Cricketers perform well but we dont think they are Gods but just ordinary humans like all of us. When they loose and return home, we dont throw stones athem or burn their houses. They dont need Police protection to get to their homes because they had only played a game and lost. Dont blame all Indians for the ugly behaviour and teh jelousy they have with Sri Lanka. Some Indian do really appreciate Sri Lanka's win. Just ignore them and we dont need to answer them. Those Indian who stil write that Sri Lanka is a medicore team must surely are the uneducated and the ones who does not understand Cricket. We hope Sri Lanka or Pakistan will win the Wt20. They are the desrving teams in this competition right now. After all Sri Lanka is ranked No 01 in T20 for the last 1.5 years where Indian still cannot reach where we are.

  • sidh78 on March 10, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    dear SL fans u r sl team tii date NOT WIN A SINGLE TEST MATCH IN AUS& IND. oh no u not won a single tournament out side sl since 2001.u r real home flat track bullies.ind team thrashed u r SL team 4-1 at u r home & also many times at u r home. in the period of 2007 to 2014 india won t20 WC in SA ,CB series in Aus(defeated strong aus team& u r medicore team) won test series in england in 2007, won test & one day series in NZ in 2009, draw test series in SA 1-1 in 2011(dominated final in draw test.sa just escaped from defeat) won tri series in west indies(also defeating u r medicore team) last year.won WC 2011(again dfeated u r medicore team). won asia cups.now tell me what u r sl team achived in that period.i think u r not forgating the thrashing of malinga given by kohali in hobart& asia cup & making the malinga a ordinary bowler.so sl are well behind the india.accept the truth & be humble.

  • Ramansilva on March 10, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    For some Indian fans Asia cup in not significant and non-consequential. We know the reason. Their minds are conditioned by IPL carnival.

  • on March 10, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lankan n their fan. You fully deserve it. From an Indian n cricket fan

  • Nuwas on March 10, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Now pathetic indian bluffers has problems with OUR humble celebrations on OUR VICTORY ???? Yeah you got problems with us since we don't do celebrations with half naked women on Title wins & when lost ,burning down houses of players & throwing stuff at other teams right??? Go find your own threads dudes....

  • Darkmanx12155 on March 10, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    All the fans seems to forget one point here... Well done SL and Thiri Slinga all that... But the true hero who gave the game on a sliver platter to SL is non other than Misbah. No one seems to thank him for his contribution of the match which made it possible for SL to win. IF he walked when he nicked it, then it would have been Akmals chance to go against SL bowlers. Like we all saw, it wasn't a mine field of a pitch to bat on, it was a batting paradise. Just that Misbah couldn't score fast! If Afridi got 25 to 35 balls to bat SL would have been chasing something like 325 +. So SL fans, pls show your gratitude to the true MOM...

  • Devmanus on March 10, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Hey Dear Shrilanka Team, Congratulations for your great team success. Jayawardhane is my favorite player. Always love his performance. Thiramanne was also good to watch. wish you good luck for future.

  • SL_legacy on March 10, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    We Sri Lankans know how to celebrate. We surely do. And we also know how not to be over excited about anything so we can bear any defeats we may face. That's our culture. Myself along with many other Lankas are very proud that we are LANKANS. We love this game and we honor our players. we don't worship them saying they are gods but we love them as brothers of our own. It was really amazing to hear all the crackers that went blasting our neighborhoods after this win. We've been waiting for a long time to see a major trophy in our Motherland and we hope that our lions will do their best to bring more and more in future. All the best team for the WT20. Roar as true LIONS. We're always with you no matter what happens!

  • CricSriLanka on March 10, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    At Indian fans like sidh78 & sysubrceq0: Past is past man. The current IND team without MSD, Kholi and flat tracks cant win matches let alone compete. Isn't it evident by the whitewashed series against SA and NZ. Get ready to your biggest threat against the rampaging AUS in AUS... Johnson hope you stay fit as IPL team (PKIX) will surly play him in most matches...

  • CAJOSEPH on March 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Wow... such super excitement for the Asia Cup... well no doubt SL played well throughout the tournament... but so much fanfare for Asia Cup victory is uncalled for. SL has done well to reach finals of multiple tournaments.. really shows how desperate the Lions were getting for a piece of silverware.. well played boys and enjoy it while it lasts.. never know when the next piece would arrive... especially with Sanga and Jayawardane at the end of their careers.. enjoy while it lasts.

  • CricSriLanka on March 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    This is SL cricket and SL fans for you. A win is a win. We salute the performance of our team. And even if we lose we dont go and burn houses of players.

  • Imran8370 on March 10, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Congratz to SL. Well deserved win

  • sidh78 on March 10, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    SL fans thrash indian team on cricket forum because "THEIR MEDICORE SL TEAM NOT SUCCSEED TO BEAT INDIAN TEAM ON CRICKET GROUND IN MOST OF THE MATCHES" Indian team thrashed SL team in every corner of the world in Aus,WI,Bang even in SL in every series & tournament.SL LOST 9 MATCHES OUT OF LAST 11 TO INDIA.so SL fans not have any hope from their medicore SL team to beat india.so SL fans try to beat IND team on this forum.to do that it is not required to win against indian team in real &not required any talent,just type the comment & Submit.so SL fans just do, what they can do best.so continue SL fans I am with you.I can understand your's pain & frustration &disapointment.because I am good human being.cric info plz publish.thanks

  • yorkslanka on March 10, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    congrats to Sri Lanka again on lifting the cup with an unbeaten performance. As a Sri Lankan, i am SO glad that we actually managed to win a final as its all good getting to them but winning one has been our stumbling block. As for Andrews article comment that Farbrace cant pronounce our names, he can carry on if he keeps teaching us how to win, LOL...

  • on March 10, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    yeah yeah :) But, we cannot pay you.

  • phunny_game on March 10, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    A bus ride across city for an Asia cup win... Wow. And this is Sri Lanka. Who are former World cup winners, and WT20 finalists. They played well and deserved to win but these celebrations are a bit exaggerated, i would say...

  • on March 10, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Cangrats, Sri Lanka. you were the strongest and the most consistent team. Thoroughly deserved.

  • on March 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    They deserve it, they are a great side.

  • sysubrceq0 on March 10, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @Akhila dhananayake - India also won bilateral series in pak, nz, wi, SL, zim & Ban. When india toured Aus there is no bilateral series always Tri-series played and we won in 2008 beating Aus in two straight finals. Won series in Eng in 2002 closely lost 3-2 to SA in 2010. INDIA also runners in 2003 WC in SA. Apart from that INDIA won CT13 and many series played in india. India won T20 WC in SA. Won TEST SERIES in ENG, PAK, WI, NZ, SL, ZIM & BAN and drawn series in AUS& SA. Hope u check the facts before write something. P.S. SL lost all matches in Asia cup 2012 and 1998 triseries in Sharjah ( india, sl & zim).

  • Sinhabahu on March 10, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Many thanks to our Pak, Afghan, BD and other friends for the warm wishes! Lots of pathetic whining from the usual Indian crowd here. You guys are totally in a good position to comment on us, seeing how your champion team comprehensively proved themselves in South Africa and New Zealand, with England and Australia waiting. Those grapes must be sour indeed.

  • ThilankaK on March 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    I think currently SriLanka & Pakistan are the best two teams in Asia , Currant form rankings are 1. SriLanka 2. Pakistan 3. Bangaladesh 4. India & Afganistan

  • vipinchirackal on March 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    in fact the best team didnt reach even in the final.sreelanka won just because they were luckier than india and pakistan

  • vipinchirackal on March 10, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    this is nthe best time for sreelanka to bring new players at the place of sangakkara and jayavardane.this is high time you changed these veteran players.

  • on March 10, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    sidh78 you are joking? The topic is about Sri Lanka won the Asia cup, and you are talking some thing which is not related to the Asia cup. Are you jealous of the Asian champions since India couldn't at least come for the finals? Maybe you might be thinking that the Asia cup would have kept in India so India would have won the Asia cup as well like 2011 world cup.... Indian batsmen s are flat track hero, please ask ur BCCI to invite Zimba, Banga & Afghanistan to India for a log series which Indians like u will forget every thing.

  • ARJQ on March 10, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I am really glad the way SL played and truly deserved to be the champs. They totally outplayed Pakistan in all depts and of course heroics can't always supersede consistency. Enjoy the glorious moment. Respect from Pak for a deserving champion!

  • Muchi on March 10, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @Abdul Naym I believe still you feel paining that Indian team even not qualify for Final. Your Team should learn from Sri Lanka how to celebrate how to cheer in field and out of game. we are with our players always even loose or win. Congrats Mathews and boys. Proud to be Lankan

  • bhargavrkk on March 10, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    @WarunAmk : Srilanka not even won single test in India since ages..

  • on March 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Congrats srilanka

  • visualdp on March 10, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    @ CricIndia208; Yes truly agree with you. So called world champs hid their heads in between their legs recently. Nothing to argue much with that , so called WC champs got thrashed by brilliant NZ & SA teams. how funny you are ??

  • iNsiDers on March 10, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    well done SL ... .congrats from Paki brothers

  • nickexplore on March 10, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Angelo Mathews and his squad deserve all the adulation they are getting. For Mathews the Asia Cup was a personal triumph - out just once with an average of 197 - leading his team with authority and by great example. Now it's Chandimal's turn come the T20 World Cup and a tough first game vs South Africa.

  • GuruNaik154 on March 10, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    @Chathuranga Bamunuarachchige I think CricIndia208 is refering to the team that pasted the sri lankans in 2011.

    I have no problem with any team winning, but seriously open bus celebration for a Asia Cup win??!! All the sri lankan fans defending this, just ask yourself if you would have been equally hurt if Sri Lanka had not won the the tournament.

  • AkhilaDahanayake on March 10, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    @sidh78 You are sadly mistaken im afraid. Within the last 10 years, we have won series in Pakistan, New Zeland, Australia, England,Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. We havent played a bilateral series in West Indies, but we were the runners up in the 2007 World cup, which was held in WI.(where India was out from the 1st round). And even against SA, it was a closely fought 3-2 loss. In the meantime, in last 10 years , India hasn't won a bilateral series in Australia, England, South Africa. And we dont have to remind you, the two humiliating loses against SA and NZ.

  • on March 10, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Well deserved champions. They were most consistent team in all departments of all.

  • sidh78 on March 10, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    dear warunank I think You have contract of pitch making in eng or eng curetor give you information about pitch on phone !LOL!. eng pitches are seaming and bouncy every one know that thats why your team out for odd 160 runs in SF of CT agains ind. in CB series SL 2-1 behind india that shows who play best in aus.by the way SL only reach to final in CB series but india Won the CB series defeated strongest aus team of ponting, hussey, gilli,hayden,lee,symond in two straight final.fyi india draw test series in SA 1-1 in 2011(may be win but rain & kallis save last test for sa) another thing india won World T20 cup in 2007& finalist in 2003 world cup in SA.(on fast bouncy seaming pitches)

  • class9ryan on March 10, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    The fans deserve something after the 4 heart-breaks and not to mention the tri-series finals losses in Australia and West Indies. I'm happy for Sri Lanka but sorry guys, April 7 not yours.

  • truecric_fan on March 10, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Congrats to SL Team. You outplayed Pak in all departments of the game. Ind and Pak need to learn a few things from you. I am sure other teams like Afg and Bang are also inspired by your success.

  • on March 10, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @ Parth Partel. So your excuse for India doing so badly is because the Indian B side was playing?! Well if thats the case the future of Indian cricket isn't looking to good, infact bleak!!

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on March 10, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    As SL fans we value our cricketers and always be with them even on losses. This Victory is a major relief for all of us together. It's another crazy tense day ended with joys ......... Well done Pakistan too for providing a close match. Mahela returned to form on the right time as usual is expected and delivered. We are ONE nation.

  • sunny-pukemail on March 10, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Awesome boys....keep it up...!!! Thankz Baga, Pakistan,Ans India for the friendship..!!!

  • ayub.khan on March 10, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    congratulation all sri lankan fans. we are sad for lost the final but doesn't matter if sri lanka win, good team, good captain and good country, always keep the spirit like this,,,,,,,,, pak also playing very good cricket trough all this tournament, guys you don the job very well no need to worry for lost the final,,,,,,,,,,, take care

  • on March 10, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka, deserved winners after not losing a single game in the tournament. From Pakistan!

  • Yousafahmed11 on March 10, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    I am not surprised about SL fans relief! After losing again and again and again in finals, SL got hold on one cup! Thats something big to cherish! Especially when the old legends have to retire without any WCs soon. enjoy!

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! It was a well deserved victory....Best wishes from Pakistan.

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    well done sri Lanka for winning Asia cup but this happened only because indian team was incomplete. . lankan fans shd thank indian selectors who ignored raina and yuvraj

  • Dhutugemunu on March 10, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    @ CricIndia208; Where were you when your world champ India got 0-4 (ODI) and 1-0 (Test) drubbing from low ranked NZ recently?

  • on March 10, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Congrats Sri-Lanka from nepal

  • Warunamk on March 10, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @sidh78, you call the pitches played in CT and WI tri series fast and bouncy? you really should follow cricket thoroughly. Eng wickets were never called bouncy, they are seaming wickets which become flat and dead towards the end of English summer like in subcontinent. Current WI wickets are not bouncy any more. Proper fast & bouncy wickets are in Aus and SA. We all know what happened to India on those pitches. Could not even come to the Finals of the CB series and we all know what happened in SA recently. Hypothetically if your claims are true, how come SL won 5 OIDs in a raw, WC T20 finals 2009 and even won test matches in Eng in early summer in Eng while playing early summer where your so called great team India lost miserably playing midsummer (where pitches are more conducive to batting)? Also how come, SL entered 2007 WC finals where India got knocked out by BD in the 1st round? Stop throwing stones while residing in houses made out of glass.

  • 9ST9 on March 10, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    SL have won the Asia cup numerous times before - but this generated the biggest response since I think, the fans had to wait for a long time to actually see a finals victory - even though the team had played well in many previous tournaments they failed to execute final steps. Maybe added celebration due to the emergence of a set of capable new players, thus gradually decreasing the dependency on the aging stalwarts.

  • on March 10, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Team Sri Lanka, thank you for the memories. You have brought joy to those who are down hearted.Many spend time in lonely places, your performance and the pride you give to our motherland is a soothing balm to those who are hurt. family's of war hero's, orphans, homeless and those in bed join me is conveying a sincere gratitude to all of you

  • JohnSnider on March 10, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    As a Pakistani I was impressed how Sri Lanka dominated the tournament and specially finals but they had a great escape in the first match against Pakistan. People of Pakistan congratulate them for winning the Asia Cup. Should Afridi batted at 41 st of over instead of Umar Akmal match could have brought different result but that's fine. The best team won

  • on March 10, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Good to see srilanka win. Pakistan needs to accept defeat gracefully .

  • Lakpj on March 10, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    @sidh78 You won the tri series in WI because of Dhoni. We saw how India are when they are without Dhoni. lolzz. I don't know where you were when SL defeated Aus in Aus in a ODI series in 2010 and drew with them in early 2013. Furthermore I can remember India getting knocked out of the finals in that tri series in 2012 when they played with Aus and SL. And there are many victories in Eng, NZ too. So grow up man don't talk rubbish with out knowing any facts.

  • Black_Rider on March 10, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Andrew.... Missed ur articles so much. Big fan of you man. This shows how much we love our team. When we lost 2011 WC there were thousands to welcome our heroes. We were there to share the pain of our players. Yesterday we were there to share joy. We Sri Lankans are full of joy no matter what.

  • on March 10, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Some says, "Who cares for this small inconsequential tournament" What? small inconsequential tournament? You better mind it All the Asian countries played & It's a big cup only second to the WC & CT in 50 over cricket. If he asked who cares? , The answer is "Yes we care". This is something big. No many many got hurt in the finals from 2007. 2007 WC finals, 2009 WT20 finals, 2011 WC finals & 2012 WT20 finals. I think no any team even achieved this , back to back apearences in final. We love cricket, & We value our Cricketers. Whoever says whatever this is a kind of big achievement as SriLankans. Weldon LIONS....

  • gularan on March 10, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Chokshanada was due for a low score and it happened in the final but all is well that ends well and MJ brought home the bacon for us.Next time he will bring home the POL-Sambol too inthe 20/20 tournament.

  • Stat1977 on March 10, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    CricIndia208-A correction, WC at home only! Who cares about who can win only at home..

  • on March 10, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Congratulations To Our Sri Lankan Cricket Team. Thank You Angelo For A Job Well Done. Bright Future For Sri Lanka, As We Got Some Good Young Players Now.Watch Out The So Called BIG 3. Good Luck For The World Cup

  • CricketFever11 on March 10, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @CricIndia208: Win or lose we are with our team. We dont burn houses or we dont burn stadia when our team is losing. Even we dont throw stones on them. Apply some cold water.

  • on March 10, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Even if SL failed at Asia cup finals,the welcome would have been the same.We SL know the final is just a game but the thing is to get into finals is the Hardest,Anyway SL has Rised so are their fans,Be Scared..Cricketing world..be very Scared....

  • bigbang07 on March 10, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    @CricIndia208 if this was a small inconsequential tournament, you wouldn't have taken the time to comment!

  • on March 10, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    CricIndia208 so what mate India still lost!

  • on March 10, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    This Cup means nothing To us , we won back to back World Tournies first World Cup and CT! , and note this, This is our B team that lost in Asia Cup!

  • Vikum72 on March 10, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the world cup in 1996, 15 years after they received the test states. Since then they have reached the quarter final stage once and the finals twice in the ODI world cup. They were the joint winners of the champions trophy in 2002, they have won the Asia cup 5 times, reached the T20 world cup finals twice etc, etc... Can any other team boast of such rapid advancement and consistency in the world cricket tournaments? When you consider the fact, these accomplishments were made by a small, poor island nation which suffered 30 years of civil war during the relevant period.... Its the stuff the legends are made of!

  • KingOwl on March 10, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I think in neutral conditions, SL are the best South Asian team. Pakistanis are probably the most talented, Indians the best on home tracks, but SL are the best overall and most consistent performers in all sorts of conditions. I think for a small country, SL have been quite exceptional over the last 15 years or so.

  • ac_Indian on March 9, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka team and the fans !!!

  • RaadQ on March 9, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Congrats team Sri Lanka from a Pakistani fan, well deserved cup!

  • on March 9, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Congragulation srilanka for big win

  • Dhushan on March 9, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Haters can hate, moaners can moan, but Sri Lanka are the Asia Cup champions. As the article says, it's a HUGE relief as much as happiness to win a tournament. Proud of our lads. Keep it up lions.

  • Ms.Cricket on March 9, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    It's the Asia Cup people not the World Cup, Champions Trophy or World T-20!

  • on March 9, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Sri lanka was playing long in bangladesh. they get used well to conditions.

    Sri lanka was troubled by BD recently lot. I think, any one Asia team going to be in final for this T20 final.

  • Smiling on March 9, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Must be a huge relief for the players to finally win a tournament...so close for too long. Great to see. But referring to his predecessor as not getting his tongue around the names....you got that wrong buddy. He was always brilliant every time I had the pleasure of speaking with Dav Whatmore! But seeing that was so long ago, is there a big chip there somewhere??

  • haq33 on March 9, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Well played SL. Better team won. It is pleasing that SL's future is looking bright and I think there may be some kind of cricket resurgence in coming years from the island nation, taking you back to the glory days of the mid-90's. Fundamentally, your batsmen place a high value on their wickets, and your bowlers keep it tight. You just need aggressive captaincy more often and in both formats and you will easily be Asia's best team. I could watch Lahiru all day! And Malinga....well he has proven he is a master.

  • AusiGuru on March 9, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    I Think you Kepili_Buster just workup

    I wouldn't believe that any team could win from bad decision unless the team is very competitive and strong from the opponents. rather being upset, just recognise the achievements regardless of the country who won if someone is a good cricket fan

    hope your team wins next time

  • on March 9, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    well done SL, Keep it up in coming T20 as well

  • 123view on March 9, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Really nice to see the sportsman ship & support from many Pakistani & Bangladeshi fans. And some decent Indian fans too, who are probably a minority but thank you.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 9, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Unlike others BD and PAK played with SL like brothers of the same Union. Who ever the winner they appreciate it. Love the calmness of misbah! Inocence of Musfic. And while writing this what comes to my mind is the time that ajmal bowled a loose delivery and asked from De silva "why don'nt you go over it" with a smile. Once a fight between sanga and ajmal lead them to bebest of friends. When sanga misses a delivery of ajmal. He ask what was that? Ajmal is kind enough to answer with a smile. Also i can remember how misbah acted like paranawithana.and many more. Which proves the brotherhood of players. This is not a new thing. they were there with us from the very begining. Cheers!

  • SaiKripa on March 9, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka and very well played Pak. Easily the 2 best teams in Asia Cup. Disappointed with Indian trolls for their ungracious comments. Surprised why few Indians are criticizing the two best teams especially when our (I am an Indian) over-hyped cricketers failed to put up a decent show. Let us face it, this Indian team has only 2-3 world-class cricketers - others are average at best. Things are only going to get worse when we play England later this year. The N.Zealand series and Asia Cup was a timely reality check. To all Lankans, you have a fantastic team and one of the favourites to win T20. Visited Lanka in 2009 as a tourist - the place is beautiful but the people are so warm, friendly and simple. Wanted to visit Kandy cricket ground but it was raining. Special country and special people! I don't think Pakistan has a balanced team like the Lankans but they are way better than the Asia Cup Indian team with the likes of Nohit, Rahane,DK & Rayadu.

  • AncientAstronaut on March 9, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    I'm happy that Sri Lanka finally won a tournament - they usually play well only to fall short - but an open-top bus welcome for winning the Asia Cup? Seriously?!

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 9, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    While reading the comments im in very pleasant feeling about the Pakisatani, BD, afghan fans. They know the value of this game. And always BD and Pakistan bn our friends. I really love the brotherhood they shown in here. Hope our Indian friends also join with us. Though you are a BIG THREE. Saw many tweets from Pak fans " we all pakistani s love SL and PAK team. So It does'nt matter who won the match. Congrants SL" love it. Thanks for the gentlemen qualities my friends.!

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on March 9, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    RT: very glad to hear that sir! Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 9, 2014, 18:09 GMT) Love your team no matter what our south asian friends. May be except India, because they are on of the BIG THREE now. They are human as well. SL team although coming from a developing country with much less people comparatively to other SE countries have always punched above their weight. I think that's because of the trust SL Cricket and Public has on them. Don't be hard on them when your team loose, they might surely be beating them selves up over that. But encouragement..you country will win the next trophy.

  • on March 9, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Well played SL. No one can beat the spirit the SL and WI teams show in the fiels. This vicrory was long due for SL fans as the team has been doing so well in all the tournaments and missing by small margins. Big fan of the clarity Sanga brings in his speaches. ..like listening to him and Dravid more than any othet cricketer (Harsha u top the list though)

  • on March 9, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    credit should be given to dhoni for taking rest .finally srilanka won.

  • on March 9, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Even as a Pakistani this is really heartening to see. SL team and their fans do deserve all the accolades thrown their way. They have been the better side in the Asia cup and also broke their finals jinx. Winning or losing, the SL fans always enjoy their cricket and winning the Asia cup has just put the cherry on the cake.

  • CricPissu on March 9, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Asia CUP started with Malinga taking fivefer and Thiri scoring 100 and ended in the same fashion. Pissu Hedenawa Oyi - Ifthi from Sharjah

  • on March 9, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    LOL.....I thought they won a world cup......over exaggarated celebrations for whatever reasons....could be that they last won a trophy an age ago...

  • AneYako on March 9, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    SL fans love their team no matter what..this has proven time and time again. SL, Bangla and Pakistani fans are the best when it comes to support

  • amilag on March 9, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    SL brand of cricket! Sl brand of people! We love Sri Lanka! We love our cricketers ..win or lose..we will there for you..LIons Roar!

  • on March 9, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Dear CricIndia208, are you referring to the champs who lost 4-0 to New Zealand?

  • on March 9, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    What can I say. Played like the Champs, came back as Heroes.

  • SL_Wolverine on March 9, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Spirit of cricket is respect to each other not blaming

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    One thing I like about lankans that they are not big headed like Australians or Indians Well done A Pakistani fan Good

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    They deserve it, well played SL boys and thanks for touring bangladesh !

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    CricIndia208...... wow ur youngsters show there talents keenly...what a loss to India... & remember ur high hopes will be flush off soon in wT20..... we will SL, PAK will.beat u again and again.... no matter who captain India.... be ready mate for the show down...

  • SLC-2020 on March 9, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Congratulations ..!!! to SL for defeating all the sides & some double standard poor umpiring at vital stages in matches… to win the Asia Cup, clearly being the worst effected side due to lack of DRS.

    Well done Pakistan..! for being the most competitive side in the tournament!

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Like Andrew Fernando has mentioned in the article, this is more of a relief than happiness. Yes, we are very happy that Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup but more relieved that they could overcome their 'finalphobia'!

    After making it to so many finals in the past few years, finally winning a final is a good sign.

    The good thing about Sri Lankan fans is they love their team, win or lose, unlike some... We know fans from 'some' countries set fire to stadiums, act like hooligans, throw stuff at players, etc etc, then imagine how the Sri Lankan fans should react after losing all those finals!!! LOL

    Well done Angelo Mathews and co. and thank you for all the congratulations from the Pakistani fans :)

  • Htc-Android on March 9, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    It was a great win from Sri lanka. Nice to see youngsters like Mathews, Tjirimanne, Lakmal are peaking at the right time. Our future in Safe hands.

  • CricIndia208 on March 9, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    India are the World Champions. Who cares for this small inconsequential tournament.

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    sri lankans played exceedìngly well and outclassed pakistan. congrats to them. pakistan has to improve. well about indians. they should start playing for pride rather than money. a pakistani fan

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Afghanistan reminds me of our Sri Lankan cricket team! Even their U 19 team is very good... Good luck Afghanistan...

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I'm not surprised to see the response from sri lankan public. They featured in a lot of finals in the last 7-8 years. Though Asia cup is not that big a tournament but SL were clinical in their approach throughout the tournament and it must have raised expectations back home. This team was outclassed by Pakistan in UAE a couple of months ago but they came back so strongly to stun all the Asians. Sanga and Mahela are modern cricketing greats and they have taken this team to new heights. Wish you all the best in WC T20. This is from Pakistan.

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Thanks pak and BD fans you always support srilanka accept Indian and the don't know cricket but the posting common without knowledge of history to sad . We'll play lions and pak thanks guy for wonderful game....... Srilankans top of the world when Mathew hold the cup

  • Master_Mihil on March 9, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Love your team no matter what our south asian friends. May be except India, because they are on of the BIG THREE now. They are human as well. SL team although coming from a developing country with much less people comparatively to other SE countries have always punched above their weight. I think that's because of the trust SL Cricket and Public has on them. Don't be hard on them when your team loose, they might surely be beating them selves up over that. But encouragement..you country will win the next trophy.

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Great win by Srilankans in Finals, they are unbeaten great game, Specially that new player well played & best luck for the future

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Prashanth Prashu: A typical high headed Indian. We are a small nation and we highly value whatever success our team achieves. We do not throw stones at Captain's house even if we loose. Our cricketers received a warm welcome when they returned to island after loosing 2011 World Cup Finals. Sri Lanka are No.1 ranked T20 side just for nothing. In a short duration T20 match anything can happen and even the best team can be beaten by a weaker team on a given day. Just to remind you, didn't your team got knocked out in the preliminary round of last T20 world cup? Please do not wastr your time by commenting on articles not relevant to you.

  • on March 9, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    sidh78 what about indian team mate. lost to newzealand in all formats out side india, lost to south Africa in all formats outside india, last time when they met ib tri series in oz could not reach finals. so get your facts correct before you speak.

  • Naked_Cricket on March 9, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    @ Prashanth Prashu ; They are celebrating because India through out by PAK and SL

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    very happy to see comments of Pakisthani fans..appreciating the talent....that is the spirit of cricket... and we SRI LANKANS never forget the pakistani support at 1996 ..lahore...cheers... good luck to both sri lankan and pakisthan cricket.. hope to meet your team in T20 final

  • sidh78 on March 9, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Noticed one thing how the nature of the tracks(pitchs) change the quality of team.SL wins on super flat roads of bangaladesh.but same SL team thrashed by india in CT & tri series in ENG & WI on fast seaming bouncy tracks & SL not win a single series OUt side SL since 2000.really cricket is funny game.

  • Hujatkhan123 on March 9, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    well played by u guys..u alwys deserved all the time best of luck to see u in T20 and congratt for wining asia cup...respect from afghanistan

  • SyedArbabAhmed on March 9, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Congratulations from Pakistan

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Well done SL. Seems like we are gradually getting the grit we had in 1996 and we have a captain who wants to win even when odds are very low and his team is believing in him and themselves.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Congratulations SL for such a professional performance. Very well deserved victory. Pak also did extremely well to reach 260 after a difficult start - An Indian Fan

  • InSINuATE on March 9, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Congratulations to SL Lions from a Pakistani fan. I can honestly say that most Pakistanis love the SL team as much our own team. We wish this young SL team a lot of success in the future.

    I hope our Pakistani team meets the SL team in the final of the T20! It would be another awesome match.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    We Sri Lankans lover our team, win or loose we always welcome them as hero's

  • nickexplore on March 9, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Sangakkara, Mathews and co. deservedly in the limelight on arrival back home. For coach Paul Farbrace too, a great start to his SL tenure. Many fans still befuddled and amazed that the tournament's top wicket-taker Ajantha Mendis at that time, was left out of the final eleven. Saeed Ajmal showed the value of playing a top-quality spinner by getting the prize wickets of Kusal, Sangakkara and Thirimanne. With Mendis bowling Pakistan would have struggled to make 150, especially as Malinga had shot out the top 3 for next to nothing.

  • KingPower on March 9, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    This is truly THE MOMENT to use Cricket as the Vehicle to bring about National Re - Unification to Sri Lanka! The whole country owes a huge debt of gratitude to Captain Mathews and his "SuperNatural Team" for being unbeaten in this tournament. Let us use this moment to bring Peace, Harmony, Social Justice and Tolerance to the whole country. Ayubowan from Canada! SinghaPower wishes you the very best in the T20 World Tournament!

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    No doubt what so ever now... Angelo Mathews MUST captain Sri Lanka to the T20 World Cup. He has truly and significantly matured into his role shouldering the responsibility the teams needs.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Well deserved win you Lankan boys....a Pakistan cricket team fan

  • KingOwl on March 9, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Superb win, and the great thing is that SL won every single game and managed to put that finals jinx aside. Brilliant stuff from Thirimanna. He should fit in the limited overs teams at the top quite nicely (as I have always said, well before these double hundreds). I am not sure at all about Chandimal, however. I think he is still very much a test match player. I think he should not be the T20 captain. He should take his time getting into the limited overs team. Just focus on getting some great test knocks, establish a stellar reputation and then tackle the shorter form of the game; that would be my advise to Chandimal. There is plenty of limited overs talent in SL. So, Chandimal is expendable.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Reading this article, it made be look past my patriotic support for Pakistan and feel that Sri Lanka indeed deserved this trophy. They have been consistent and after all those hints of victory at the finals they were bound to get one in the end. The future looks good for them, plenty of talent players have sprouted in the past couple of months.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Go ahead Lions. A BD fan.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Well done guys, we can't win every single match , but show ur courage , we need good competitive cricket.

  • RafPragmatic on March 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Congratulation to Sri Lanka from hardcore Pak fan.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Great stuff! Now 2020 WC!

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Congratulations from Pakistan. Very well played chapms.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    congratulation guys... you guys really played well.....

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    well done. they were superb for past month or so and deserved to win it.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    We Sri Lankans always love our team. Even when we lost 2007, 2011 ODI World cup finals we gave our team a heroes welcome. Well done Lions, we are proud of you!!

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  • on March 9, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    We Sri Lankans always love our team. Even when we lost 2007, 2011 ODI World cup finals we gave our team a heroes welcome. Well done Lions, we are proud of you!!

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    well done. they were superb for past month or so and deserved to win it.

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    congratulation guys... you guys really played well.....

  • on March 9, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Congratulations from Pakistan. Very well played chapms.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Great stuff! Now 2020 WC!

  • RafPragmatic on March 9, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Congratulation to Sri Lanka from hardcore Pak fan.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Well done guys, we can't win every single match , but show ur courage , we need good competitive cricket.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Go ahead Lions. A BD fan.

  • on March 9, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Reading this article, it made be look past my patriotic support for Pakistan and feel that Sri Lanka indeed deserved this trophy. They have been consistent and after all those hints of victory at the finals they were bound to get one in the end. The future looks good for them, plenty of talent players have sprouted in the past couple of months.

  • KingOwl on March 9, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Superb win, and the great thing is that SL won every single game and managed to put that finals jinx aside. Brilliant stuff from Thirimanna. He should fit in the limited overs teams at the top quite nicely (as I have always said, well before these double hundreds). I am not sure at all about Chandimal, however. I think he is still very much a test match player. I think he should not be the T20 captain. He should take his time getting into the limited overs team. Just focus on getting some great test knocks, establish a stellar reputation and then tackle the shorter form of the game; that would be my advise to Chandimal. There is plenty of limited overs talent in SL. So, Chandimal is expendable.