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Sri Lanka, officially the world's second-best cricket team and home to some of the most creative and original players in the modern game, seem to have got the mix right in working towards the top spot in Tests. Suresh Menon celebrates their success in Dreamcricket.com.
When Mike Brearley wrote that a cricket team succeeds by the dint of differentiation, he meant that in a team of eleven, the bowlers, the batsmen, the wicketkeeper have distinctive roles, unlike say a team of rowers most of whom have identical roles.
But in Sri Lanka ‘differentiation’ takes on a new meaning – how different are their spinners from craftsmen from around the world!