World Twenty20 2012 October 4, 2012

No second teams anymore

There was a time during the India-SA game when I really suspected that someone was making SA flags out the back of the Prema and selling them for a few rupees
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There was a time during the India-South Africa game when I really suspected that someone was making South African flags out the back of the Prema and selling them for a few rupees. At first they weren't there, and then suddenly one whole stand was holding up the South African colours. The Pakistani fans were the ones holding the flags, as most of the South African fans had gone home.

During the India-Pakistan game it appeared like four out of five Sri Lankans at the game had adopted Pakistan as their home team. Thousands of fans had Sri Lankan shirts on and were waving Pakistan flags or had their face painted with the Pakistani flag on it. They were as Pakistani as you could get, for just the three hours.

It's been one of the highlights of this tournament. People picking their second country to follow, or following a whole new country just for qualification purposes while supporting them as much as they could, and the cheering of superhuman feats no matter whose team performs them.

That stopped tonight.

Outside the grounds I swear some of the very same people I saw screaming for Pakistan a few nights back were now chanting, "Go home Pakistan", "Bye, bye, Pakistan" or "Sri Lanka Zindabad". Pakistan fans coming out of the stadium were greeted by laughing or taunting Sri Lanka fans, who had long forgotten that Pakistan were their second favourite side and were now happily giving them some stick.

This is more of a party than a tournament. And I'm not just talking about what goes on player's hotel rooms. Because of the setting, the amount of games in quick succession and the nature of double headers, it's been far less patriotic than a bilateral series or even a World Cup. If you are here to support your country, you are probably also going to see neutral games as well. It's how this tournament is.

But tonight all that disappeared. The Sri Lankans had been cheering Chris Gayle, supporting the Pakistanis and getting excited at Shane Watson, but not any more. Tonight Pakistan was the opposition, not their second favourite team. Watson or Gayle can be sure that their sixes will be met largely by silence followed by an ICC firework.

The Sri Lankan fans can now see themselves winning this. They really want to win it. They even started partying like they were winning it. One fan drinking what appeared to be arrack, as he hung out of the sunroof of a car while wearing a Sri Lankan shirt and wrapped in a Sri Lankan flag, was certainly enjoying the victory. There seemed to be more fans outside the ground than could ever fit into the ground.

Most of them, when there wasn't a Pakistani fan to laugh at, were already calling Sri Lanka the champions. Why wait until Sunday when you can start celebrating now. The party bit of this tournament has definitely ended; the party in Sri Lanka may not end for quite some time.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • AHT on October 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    This is A game please anyone have choice for supporting teams, even some pakistani was choicing Indian team for their good cricket. if sri lankan are supporting to Pakistan during match dont worry. Pak Lanka Friend ship zinda bad

  • Aaqib on October 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Well, that's not something super weird as by large, we all do so. I m a Pakistani so automatically I support my Country in any sport they are participating in but I do support a second team. In cricket I support Australia and Srilanka respectively after Pakistan. Now it clearly means that when ever Australia or srilanka will meet another country, I ll support them. But for sure, when ever they ll meet Pakistan, My heartily support will be with Pakistan. So its quite natural that Lankan Fans were cheering for their country over Pakistan as Lanka is their homeland. We tested Lankan's support throughout the tournmament as they supported us. Their President also has given green signal for Pakistan tour, which is a brave sign after what happened to them in 09. So for me, Its not a decent article.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on October 8, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a good relation from some time now, Our government's support each other the cricket boards help each other whenever needed, I was sure Sri lanka will win but it turned the other way, and Pakistan always had gr8 support in Sri Lanka, everyone do support us there, and in a Cricinfo article i read Sri Lankan government have allowed their team to visit Pakistan again a great move :D

  • manzar on October 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    pakistan and srilanka have played so many matches between them that now they support each other when they are playing against someone else especially india...

  • cdublew on October 7, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    There is very little credibility in this article from Jarrod Kimber and it seems to be nothing but a cheap journalistic push to gain popularity and fame. It refers to opinions expressed for a group but the sample is skewed....surely there will be some idiots amongst 30 thousand fans that flock to see a match. I am surprised that cricinfo cleared this article for publication. We like to read clever intelligent articles like those written by Wright Thomson,

  • RA on October 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Indian arrogance especially in cricket has reaped it due return. Sri Lanka has always been closer to Pakistan than India. I am going to support Sri Lanka all the way in finals as a TV viewer as I did in the stadium when they won the world cup.

  • Razay on October 7, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Ur article is nothing but pure crap.I was at the stadium and there was no such case. Infact this was the friendliest crowd I have seen. At no point of time during the game i saw such hostility. I was sitting at a place surrounded by SL fans and was totally comfi. Even when Nasir Jamshed was given out many of them told me that this is bad. After the match I myself congratulated so many SL fans and so many SL fans told me that our team fought well. we discussed over a drink as how Hafeez dismissal contributed to the collapse otherwise Pak had taken the match. I do not know what was ur intention in writing this article but u r far far away from reality...

  • ashi on October 7, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    go srilanka go ...best wishes from pak :)

  • Najeeb Khan on October 7, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Look,Jerrod. your motive (!!!) behind this article is clear, but no one is impressed. We, the people of Pakistan LOVE AND RESPECT the people of Sri Lanka, and we'll always do so. On Sunday evening, my heart will be wrapped around by Sri Lankan flag. O.K ?

  • Juned Khan on October 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    We really think SL as our second team and wish them to win the title (after Pak has been eliminated)... and remember most of Pakis support SL so Mr. Jarrod Kimber a poor try...

  • AHT on October 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    This is A game please anyone have choice for supporting teams, even some pakistani was choicing Indian team for their good cricket. if sri lankan are supporting to Pakistan during match dont worry. Pak Lanka Friend ship zinda bad

  • Aaqib on October 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Well, that's not something super weird as by large, we all do so. I m a Pakistani so automatically I support my Country in any sport they are participating in but I do support a second team. In cricket I support Australia and Srilanka respectively after Pakistan. Now it clearly means that when ever Australia or srilanka will meet another country, I ll support them. But for sure, when ever they ll meet Pakistan, My heartily support will be with Pakistan. So its quite natural that Lankan Fans were cheering for their country over Pakistan as Lanka is their homeland. We tested Lankan's support throughout the tournmament as they supported us. Their President also has given green signal for Pakistan tour, which is a brave sign after what happened to them in 09. So for me, Its not a decent article.

  • Muhammad Haseeb on October 8, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a good relation from some time now, Our government's support each other the cricket boards help each other whenever needed, I was sure Sri lanka will win but it turned the other way, and Pakistan always had gr8 support in Sri Lanka, everyone do support us there, and in a Cricinfo article i read Sri Lankan government have allowed their team to visit Pakistan again a great move :D

  • manzar on October 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    pakistan and srilanka have played so many matches between them that now they support each other when they are playing against someone else especially india...

  • cdublew on October 7, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    There is very little credibility in this article from Jarrod Kimber and it seems to be nothing but a cheap journalistic push to gain popularity and fame. It refers to opinions expressed for a group but the sample is skewed....surely there will be some idiots amongst 30 thousand fans that flock to see a match. I am surprised that cricinfo cleared this article for publication. We like to read clever intelligent articles like those written by Wright Thomson,

  • RA on October 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Indian arrogance especially in cricket has reaped it due return. Sri Lanka has always been closer to Pakistan than India. I am going to support Sri Lanka all the way in finals as a TV viewer as I did in the stadium when they won the world cup.

  • Razay on October 7, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Ur article is nothing but pure crap.I was at the stadium and there was no such case. Infact this was the friendliest crowd I have seen. At no point of time during the game i saw such hostility. I was sitting at a place surrounded by SL fans and was totally comfi. Even when Nasir Jamshed was given out many of them told me that this is bad. After the match I myself congratulated so many SL fans and so many SL fans told me that our team fought well. we discussed over a drink as how Hafeez dismissal contributed to the collapse otherwise Pak had taken the match. I do not know what was ur intention in writing this article but u r far far away from reality...

  • ashi on October 7, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    go srilanka go ...best wishes from pak :)

  • Najeeb Khan on October 7, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Look,Jerrod. your motive (!!!) behind this article is clear, but no one is impressed. We, the people of Pakistan LOVE AND RESPECT the people of Sri Lanka, and we'll always do so. On Sunday evening, my heart will be wrapped around by Sri Lankan flag. O.K ?

  • Juned Khan on October 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    We really think SL as our second team and wish them to win the title (after Pak has been eliminated)... and remember most of Pakis support SL so Mr. Jarrod Kimber a poor try...

  • hamza mir on October 6, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Srilanka deserved to be in the final that's it...they played good cricket throughout the tournment...india stop crying now...and dont try to start any scandal or rivalry between Sri n PAK cz u would not succeed...PAK n Sri are true brothers!!! GO LANKAN TIGERS

    FROM ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN

  • Saad on October 6, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    lol man.I think you should check the history.Sri lankans support pakistan because of the support Pakistan gave them when their country was going through civil war.We visited their country and played cricket when no team in the world was willing to.Thats why they support us.I was at the match and I did not get a single taunt.Infact I was surprised how supportive Lankans were even after the match.Dont mislead people.

  • Saad on October 6, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    lol man.I think you should check the history.Sri lankans support pakistan because of the support Pakistan gave them when their country was going through civil war.We visited their country and played cricket when no team in the world was willing to.Thats why they support us.I was at the match and I did not get a single taunt.Infact I was surprised how supportive Lankans were even after the match.Dont mislead people.

  • Joy on October 6, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I am an Indian fan, shocking to see such response from SL fans against India....I always thought Ind n SL shares very cordial relationship with so many series b\w them. Even the players from both the teams seems very friendly to each other while playing each other......I bet SL players have more Indian Players as friends than Pakistanis....as they play so much IPL together..don kno frm where this hate equation comes...I think its due to the money that Indian cricket is earning..but guys its a country of billions with a billion cricket fans..and thus its obviuos that Indian cricket has more viewership and hence more money..and players frm all around the world are benifitted frm this especially SL's..so y this hatred..comon bros..this is one world..

  • Sanjay on October 6, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    I am an Indian but I think that writer is very much biased towards SL & PAK, my independent opinion is that these both teams were better than us this tournament. I want SL to win so that cup comes to south Asia.

  • Rahul Krishna on October 6, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @ Anonnymous ( comment dated october 5,2012 11:32 AM) : The sending and not sending of Indian players to the SLPL is purely the BCCI's decision.......how can you hate India as a nation over all just because there are few people who take stupid decisions ?? Even many Indians here are not happy with the BCCI's policies......Even we do not like the BCCI.....It does'nt mean that you hate the whole nation.....n what is the last part of your sentence ?? bcs India, then what ?? Please complete your sentence. Thank You.

  • Ram on October 6, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans will cheer for quality players and quality teams. They are an educated bunch of fans. However, they will not cheer for anything other than Indian music and sarees because they know rest are not quality. For example local potato fetch twice the price of Indian potato.

  • Himanshu Mittal on October 6, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    shocking statements...why every other counties are against india. its only our politics people are bad. otherwise you cant have people like india. i know people are very despearte about cricket in india but we always respect other counties. we are kind of people who doesnot start argue..its always other people who starts then we dont let them. we repect sri lankans, pakistani all our neigbours. all are our guest and in our country guest is god. pakistan and srilanka all are the part of ancient india.....just respect cricket and every nations

  • Shafi79 on October 6, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Why i support any team other than India (And i believe most other Sri Lankans) (1) Most modern Indian players are too arrogant - Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina ... exceptions being Dhoni, Sachin, Sehwag ... just compare the guys to the likes of Jeewan Mendis or even Lasith Malinga sho is always smiling and you will get my point ... Kohli is the wors of the lot (2)The BCCI in our opinion is a huge bully and i dont think anyone can argue that point (3) With the new found power that BCCI has got, sadly the average Indian fans too have become very arrogant and dont appreciate good cricket from us, its almost like they only want to hang with the cool kids, AUS and SA. My orderof preference when SL is not playing - PAK>BD>WI>NZ>SA>ENG>AUS>IND

  • Mario on October 6, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    As an Indian fan yes i was surprised by the animosity shown by Lankan fans towards India as two countries have shared a long history of cordial relations and Indian cricket has often heped SL cricket financially,(6 out of 7 SLPL franchises owned by Indians) however reason for this rancour is not a sporting one but a political one i feel.Anyways billion plus Indians in long term give a damn about a dozen Lankans cheering for other team.SL fans will do well to support there own team because except the golden period of mid to late 90's i have hardly seen Premadasa full barring the S/F against Pak couple days back.....

  • AL AMEEN - Sri Lanka on October 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    my favourites order: 01) motherland 02) pakistan 03) South Africa for amla 04) windows for Gayle

  • Tharindu on October 6, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    4 out of 5 Sri Lankans supporting Pakistan in that game? are you kidding me? You probably mistook an Indian as a Sri Lankan , coz its more like 5 out of 5.

  • jimbond on October 6, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    SL fans are possibly right in opposing the BCCI bullies and by proxy the Indian cricket team. However the fans have been silent when the same bullies have sided with SL cricket- remember the Murali Chucking episodes and the Hair controversy. It was largely India's blind support which helped Murali bowl with impunity and get a few hundred more wickets. It did possibly help that BCCI had their own chucker (Harbajan) to protect. Again, the large number of series' that India plays against SL also helps SL Cricket board financially and so does IPL help their players. Hence BCCI possibly benefits SL Cricket more than cricketers of any country. BCCI certainly does no good to Indian cricket.

  • goindia-not on October 6, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    As many of the Indians are with the false belief that we sri lankans support any other team but India cos they are TOO GOOD for us! i hate to burst the bubble (Bubble = India are too good) it is simply for the unpalatable attitude of the Indian players! their cockiness transcends despicable! no sense of modesty... (which still manages to lurk with the likes of Sachin tendulkar and zaheer khan only... players from the better era) as a nation India are good, but the cricketers collectively as a team, they are just grossly "unsupportable"!!!!

  • Shafi79 on October 6, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @Mumbai Indian - your obnoxious attitude is exacly why we sri lankans love to hate India. Someone hit the nail right on the head, we will support anyone who will hurt india. And if we had to pick a 2nd favourite team it would usually be Pakistan, maybe Windies or NZ for some. I think the poking fun at a few paki fans, would have been some friendly needle ... i remember a time back in the late 90's when guys like Azharuddin captained India where we actually rooted for India to win NOT anymore!

  • cdublew on October 6, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    For those who may not know this, many years ago when India and Pakistan were at war Pakistan planes were refuelling in Colombo. This is how close ties are between SL and Pakistan. Fun and support in sport must be taken in the correct spirit. No one holds any ill feeling.

  • Lenny Vittachi on October 6, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    @ Mumbai Indian, you are so wrong in your comment. The majority of Sri Lankan's do not like India because of your bullying attitude, example look at the way your BCCI bullies the ICC into what rules they can implement and what they cannot ? And Sri Lankan's cheering Pakistan is simply because Pakistan has always treated Sri Lanka

  • Praveen on October 6, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    i have to say we do not insult Pakistan for losing as Sri Lankans always supports Pakistan cricket. There is only a friendly rivalry between the nations. we also supported India as our second team till very recently (till around 2008) but not anymore due to the arrogance of Indian cricketers and fans. but i feel Asian nations should support Asian nations

  • Nazy on October 6, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    I dnt even agree a bit with this article, i am from the central part of srilanka. over here if you meet 10 people, 4 of them will be pakistani supporters. when srilanka and pakistan meet each other it will be fireworks all over. offcourse srilankan comes first. this thing came up bcz of the pakistan old players like wasim, waqur, anwar, akthar and speacially boom boom afridi. Real cricket entertainer.

  • Proud Pakistani on October 5, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Definitely wanted Pakistan to win but never the less Srilanka played well that night and won the match. Srilanka-Pakistan go hands in hands when it comes to cricket. They have supported each other during crunch time and shared the most exciting moments in the history of cricket. Its not only the fans who respect each other but both the teams show equal respect on and off the field. Which is great. Hope Srilanka could pull up a good show in the Final. It might be a little harsh, but Indian fans and players have earned this hatred through their sheer arrogance. Dhoni would be the only player in the current Indian side who is respected by neutral fans. Thanks Srilankan crowd for all your support and love.

    Proud Pakistani.

  • Shams on October 5, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    I am a pakistani and I love sirilankan cricket team. Me and most of my pakistani colleagues were very happy on sirilankan win over pakistan as they deserve this time. we were neutral.

  • Don on October 5, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Why we Sri Lankans' prefer Pakistan as second favourite team but not Indians':

    1. India muscle out others and killed the spirit of the game.

    2. Their players are too arrogant and snobs to be our liking.

    3. Indian Political interference in the sport.

    4. In the end they have turned gentlemen's game in to a Tamil Nadu movie.

  • Rana Mudassar Khan on October 5, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka were by far the deserving winners so congratulations to them. As for any banter between the fans im sure it was friendly.

  • Waqas Noor on October 5, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i"ll love to cheer for the Lankans as we did in WC 1996 :-)

  • Kishore Dayani on October 5, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    The reason is simple, Indian cricketers win much more accolades than Sri Lankans. They have a better price, a bigger fan following and offcourse a daunting recent record against Lankans.

    People who are blaming indian board for denting cricket, should look at this once again

    1 BCCI stood up with Murali when the aussies and icc were all over him

    2. BCCI gives a chance to lankans to earn that extra buck which SLCB fails to pay

    3. Indian girls give Dilshan food and pay his shopping bills ;)

    We indians have always loved lankans, and this one incident wont change our feelings ..

    We love Jayasuriya, Murali, Arjuna, Aravinda, Asanka, Avishka, Mahela, Lasith etc ...

    yes but Sangakara is not the gentleman he pretends to be.

    Anyways, all the best to the lankans for the final, though an emotional support is thr for windies as they havent won anything for a long time now.

  • Lucci on October 5, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    I agree with tintagel. Pakistan and Sri Lanka both have history of cheering for each other. Take 1996 World Cup for example. The finals happened in Lahore, Pakistan between Sri Lanka and Australia, every Pakistani at that time was cheering for Sri Lanka !

  • Lahiru on October 5, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Wonder if this writer even been in any of these matches.

  • Nadeem Qureshi on October 5, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Not surprised to see more of the predictable comments from Indian fans - "SL were cheering Pakistan because they were afraid to lose to India", "SL let Pakistan through in 2009".

    The Indians refuse to understand that it is their own unsporting behavior which alienates neutral support. The Indian players are not far behind in that kind of behavior either.

    The Srilankans have always been gentlemanly in their behavior, whether in triumph or in defeat; and Pakistanis are not bad either. That is what brings us closer. A mutual respect.

    Whatever this article says - Pakistan supporters are firmly behind Srilanka, and will always be thankful for the support Srlankans extended to our team through the tournament.

    Oh, and I just checked with two friends who flew to Colombo for the semi-final - they faced no jeering nor insults. What the writer saw might have been isolated incidents.

    Indians can tell us more about how the whole world conspires against home track champs India :)

  • Silva on October 5, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    what the indians don't realize is that it is their very own so called 'fans' with their ignorant comments that have upset sri lankan fans. it was never ever the other way around. i remember especially at the world cup last year and then at the CB series in australia early this year the amount of abuse the sri lankans had to cop from these so called indian fans was incredible! and now you can't handle it when you get some of your own medicine back. well that's just too bad. as for the author's sentiments in this article, i have to completely disagree. SL is absolutely the only country that has supported pakistan through all their setbacks in recent years.

  • D de silva on October 5, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    @Mr Mervyn Ratnayake. Your comments puzzle me. I listend to the recorded version of the commentaries . Russel Arnold always goes out of his way to defend SL. However, one has to accept that Pak has great players.

  • Frank on October 5, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Hey guys..

    Stop relating cricket to hatred and nationality..think as a human being and be sportive..support a team which is worth it..

    People support team whomever they like..so don't give your individual opinions about what others do..

    Please just enjoy the game and promote love and harmony..

    Game is played to bring people together...

    Thanks & regards

  • D de silva on October 5, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Jarrod Kimber who are you . Why do you write false reports. I am a Sri Lankan. I was at the match. No one insulted Pakistan. Sri Lanka and its fans have always respected Pakistan even when we were beaten. This is because we consider them to be modest players, and not swollen headed like our big neibour. Jarrod please withdraw your report.

  • Greenheart on October 5, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    and @ all the IND fans wondering why so much dislike for IND? Its because Indian team and fans are too full of themselves. You earn respect by giving the same to others.

  • Ryan on October 5, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    @ Mumbai Indian: while you can sleep sound tonight assuming SL thought India was there only hurdle, I suggest Indians might have thought "every other team" was there biggest hurdle.

  • Greenheart on October 5, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I find it hard to believe that SL fans jeered at Pak fans. Overall Pak -SL are friendly towards each other and that's because of the respect and support we give to each other. In Pakistan people were sad to lose the semi final but they were still happy to have lost it to SL and have nothing but best wishes for them in the final. GO SL...win the trophy!

  • Anonymous on October 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka is never among the top cricketing teams...but if they get the chances they capitalise that...even against the bigger names. This is how they came into picture. But nowadays they produce good players and hence their performance have improved over the years. Regarding the final of T20...it should be a cake walk for the Windies... in case an upset doesn't happen...but I feel Wi-Sl chances are 90-10. Rest depends on the day.

  • Sri-Lanka-Fan on October 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    We hail Pakistan....We love you all guys..coz of the genuinity you all show up in the world...This article is not correct...Sri Lanka always love to see Pakistan as the Big Brother... This is a bad article just written without any understanding ....

  • Champika on October 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Hi All....I am a Sri Lankan...and a Diehard cricket fan....

    This article is not correct...To be honest Sri Lankans do not ever forget the Pakistan support and really respect Pakistan as a genuine respectable sporting country...Yes we love Sri lanka, but nobody can say we put Pakistan on shame...never...we know how down to earth the Pakistanis are...Everybody in this world don't like Indians..that is the ultimte truth...so India is out of the equation...But to be frank we all love Pakistan...and this time yes we won the semis...Whole of Lahore turned up as diehard Sri Lankans when we fought for the cup on 96. We respect you Pakistan..our Big Brother....I m sorry This Article is not correct...

  • Champika on October 5, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Hi All....I am a Sri Lankan...and a Diehard cricket fan....

    This article is not correct...To be honest Sri Lankans do not ever forget the Pakistan support and really respect Pakistan as a genuine respectable sporting country...Yes we love Sri lanka, but nobody can say we put Pakistan on shame...never...we know how down to earth the Pakistanis are...Everybody in this world don't like Indians..that is the ultimte truth...so India is out of the equation...But to be frank we all love Pakistan...and this time yes we won the semis...Whole of Lahore turned up as diehard Sri Lankans when we fought for the cup on 96. We respect you Pakistan..our Big Brother....This Article is a shit...

  • Sabari on October 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    A lot of the anti-Indian sentiment seems to stem from the political fallout of the tamils issue, the perceived bully-like attitude of the bcci, and the fact that SL keep getting thrashed by India. It doesn't help that these two teams keep facing each other so often (blame the scheduling).

  • Afker Hussain on October 5, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    I was there in the Premadasa Stadium and never saw anyform of animosity between the Pakistani and Sri Lankan Fans at the Stadium . Besides the Pakistan Go Home was said in jest for which both team had a good laugh and Pakistanis in there good natured way responded by saying we are not going home without the Cup ! Besides many Pakistani fans Congratulated us when we reached the Final which shows the mutual respect we have for each other. Jarrod ! you are simply looking to spice up your article by painting a wrong picture which is a disgrace. Thanks to the Pakistani fans who came in large numbers and thanks for the fantastic memories and see you in the next world cup !!!

  • Ajmal's "Doosra" on October 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Sirilanka should win this t20 WC.thanxs lankans for ur support of green shirts.pakistan loves you

  • Anonymous on October 5, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Being a Pakistani,we love Sri lanka

  • chamila on October 5, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Simple equation.

    SL love PAK PAK love SL Both !love IND

    Article is wrong about that ! Hell yeah we will party no matter what happens :)

  • Sam on October 5, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    I think the dislikness towards the Indian team in SL is something new, and created by the political situation of South India and hateful comments posted by some Indians in social network on regular basis. Pakistani fans have supported SL when we needed that and it was significant in the 96-world cup. Apart from that, we like their fighting spirit in the Game. I don't think we laughed at them behind their back is a correct statement. Other than that, we, as Sri Lankans, always consider Indian people as our brothers who have a similar culture and value system. I live in US and I can feel the sincere friendliness from both Indian and Pakistani friends I meet here. I personally think this article is despicable.

  • Paki-boy on October 5, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    totally wrong observation by the writer

  • adnan on October 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sorry Jerrod, But I will support Sri Lanka in the final even though Pakistan lost to them. Being a Pakistani I wanted Pakistan to win. But Sri Lanka is my second country and I will definitely cheer for them. Go Lions Go...This cup is yours.

  • Anonymous on October 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @Rahul .. I don't agree with you this is not the wive of all Sri lankan,s may be there are players whom we don't like of their attitude .. just get a example from Vitori of New Zeeland whom i really like in Cricket world, compare with yours Yuvraj Singh,and beside political affairs just think of refusing to send players to SLPL .. but normally Sri lankan's give the support to the weak side that's not bcs India,

  • Mihil on October 5, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I'm disappointed by reading your comment . However much anyone deserve appreciation and kindness you will not get anywhere universally. That day was crunch match and emotions ran deep. Most of the educated fans harbor no grudge against pakistan, and support them whenever rather than all the other sub-continental teams. Yet a fellow might taunt just the same. Just know that majority of SL fans like Pakistan as a team and a country.

  • Abid Q on October 5, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan fan. Pakistan for their part made it a contest but fact is SriLanka won showing determination, flair and guts. many congratulations to them. Not sure about no more second team - I'm supporting Sri Lanka in the final!

  • Naveed on October 5, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    My best wishes to Srilankan team, may Allah help them to win the final, they truely deserve ... from Karachi.

  • Maleen Cooray on October 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    @Sarah Nope, we support pakistan as long as they are not our opposition

  • TD_160 on October 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Pakistan has been the second favourite team of Sri Lankans for a very long time. It dates back to the 1970s and 80s when Sri Lanka were cricketing minnows. Not only were Pakistan one of the best teams of that era - they were probably the second best in the world behind West Indies - they were also one of the most glamorous.

  • Ranga on October 5, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    we srilankans will always support pakistan, we'll never forget the support the pakistani's gave us in 96 finals

  • Maleen Cooray on October 5, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Jay Nope. Its just that we dont like the attitude of Indian players and fans. Arrogance is the word that comes to my mind when it comes to indian cricketers. Sachin , Viru and Dhoni apart rest of them are simply too arrogant for our liking.

  • Rahul Krishna on October 5, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka for winning the semi-final.....but shocking to see the amount of hatred that the Sri Lankans have for India.....never expected this........Long Long Back we Indians were the ones who invited u to play in the Gopalan Trophy,most of your players play in the IPL.....and even in this year's or last year's IPL,when Lasith Malinga was injured and had to go back to Sri Lanka for some treatment,he himself said that the Sri Lankan Cricket Board was hardly bothered about him and it was only Mumbai Indians-his IPL franchise that took proper care of him,and this is the way you pay us back ??? Really Shocking.....We Indians barring a few incidents which are because of politics never hate Sri Lanka.........even the Sri Lankan company Brandix has a branch in Vishakapatnam,India and there are many Lankan people too who work there........Really Shocking to see the amount of hatred which Sri Lankans have for India inspite of our friendly gestures....

  • Malik on October 5, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and i like to wish Best of Luck to Srilanka in the Final, you were better team againstan Pakistan and deserved the Victory. I would also like to thank Srilankan Fans for their Support for Pakistan througout the Tournament.

  • Anonymous on October 5, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @ Sarah - To be honest, I find it hard to believe the taunting and laughing behind the back stuff in the article. If at all, the laughs would have been friendly, while buying each other a drink or sharing a smoke. remember Sri Lanka was the only team to travel to Pakistan during the hight of tensions in the country. Both our countries have been through similar pasts and feel each others pain. Don't be mislead by what is being published. Experience Sri Lankan hospitality in person. PS- be ready to party...

  • Heff on October 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Talking to my Sri Lankan friends it seemed as if it was not a case of 2nd teams - they were supporting any team who played against India. From what I gathered the dislike for Indians has been generated through comments on social networks sparked by some debates circa 2009 much before the world cup defeat and also by what they describe as 'Indian Arrogance'. They are big fans of West Indies and support them over asian counterparts Pakistan and Bangladesh. Talking to a lot of fans i gathered their preference as Sri Lanka > West Indies > Asian teams Pak and BD > Minnow teams> NZ and SA > England and Aus > India.

  • adnan on October 5, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    love the fact that the indian fans think their team is not supported because they are feared - ha ha wake up guys its because your board and politicians are messing with the game and your fans are boorish [like the aussies of old]

  • isuru on October 5, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    when sri lankan team is not playing,as SL fans we always support to PAK.not for any private purposes.just because the brotherhood between SL & PAK cric fans since the world cup 1996.we can't forget the support they gave at that night.Jarrod pls keep this in your head.PAK IS OUR SECOND COUNTRY IN THE CRICKET WORLD!!!!

  • Asif siddique on October 5, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Congratulation to Sri Lanka. They played very well, my best wishes are with them for the final. They deserve to be the champions. Love and best wishes for them from Lahore.

  • Mervyn Ratnayake on October 5, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I personally feel that Jarrod Kimber is right. I being a Sri Lankan myself could not understand the mentality of my own people. My main topic is the commentators. For a start Russel Arnold our own man was supporting the Pakistanis. Others like Waquar Younis, Ramees Raja, Wsaim Akram and even Tony Greg supported Pakistan in both innings of the game. According to them they were the best bowlers and batsmen in the whole world. They did not do anything wrong. They never had a good word for the Sri Lanak players. However towards the end of the game they all had disappeared and it was only Nasser Hussain who was left behind. Even he was supportive to Pakistan but later he changed his tune. However Nasser is one of those people who is a bit neutral in all the venues that I have seen. I think that all the commentators should be neutral

  • Solomon2005 on October 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    I presume Indian fans understand well why SL and Pak fans support each other teams. The reason is simple that India has added political dimension in sports while dealing with Pakistani and Sri Lanka Teams.

    Did Pakistani and Sri Lankan fans stopped Indian Team to score 200 or more runs against S/Africa and qualify for Semi Final???

    In other words, Indian fans could not stop Pakistan to do excellent work to win Super 8 Match against Pakistan

    The conclusion is simple there is no single greatest team in Cricket. All teams are great with specific time zone and certain geographical envelopes.

    We have to enjoy the sport regardless of our wishes and dreams.

  • Jamal on October 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    sorry kimber, don't believe u.. i'm a pakistani & i'd still cheer for Sri Lanka in the final bcuz Sri Lanka has always been my 2nd favorite since the 1996 CWC final in lahore, and i assure u that the bulk of Pakistanis feel the same... i think ur way better at producing two chucks than writing articles :p

  • Sandamal on October 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    You have got it wrong bro.They were not actually supporting Pakisthan, only thing Sri Lankan fans wanted was to chase India home.

  • Lahiru on October 5, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    you got it wrong Jarrod. It was not that we supported PK and SA for any qualification purpose. SL had already made to the semis by then and we would not care if we met IN,SA or PAK in semis, infact we would have liked IN to be in semis with us as we are the only team who had kiked out IN number of times from major tournaments.As i was there in both matches you are refering here, there were many other nationalists supporting SA and PAK and non of them for IN.Hope it doesn't take a genious to figure out WHY.

  • Raks on October 5, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    As an Indian my support from now is with whoever plays against SL. Go Aussies Go. Go WI go.

  • Sampath on October 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    How to become a Sri lankan Fan, Rules (what i observed)

    1. Always Support the weaker Team 2. If India Plays - support the other team - (this sentiments has generated recently, i think after the UN Human right issue) 3. If Pakistan plays support them unless otherwise the opposite side is not the Sri Lanka. However, if weaker team come as the opposition suport the weaker team 4. If Sri Lanka plays support them.

  • Sahan on October 5, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Sri lankans won't support India anymore & they deserve it.

  • shane on October 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    That's life bro...hope u understood even now ;)

  • Hitesh on October 5, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    SL is just gathering experience of playing in finals..the winner will be either of Aus or WI!!

  • Tania on October 5, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Sri Lankans love to party. Even if they lose the final, they will still party on celebrating reaching the final. That is what I love about Sri Lankan fans!

  • CaptSK on October 5, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Yes, we Sri Lankans can play a bit of cricket. Once in a while we may win a World Cup or be in the finals. Our main strength lies in our ability to party. That we do as good if not better than any other nation. Come to Sri Lanka chaps, because out here the party never stops. Sri Lanka, a land like no other!

  • Kunal Talgeri on October 5, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Hahaha... very nice observation. As a TV viewer in India, my order of favourites was South Africa, India, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka. I had five teams to like. Definitely, the calibre of cricketers made the difference: Lanka's bowling diversity, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, Cummins-Starc, and Hafeez. Each of these deserves to be in a World T20-winning team. And, the pitches heightened the quality.

  • Deenu on October 5, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Glad you mentioned the Arrack Jarod. There is a cricket team in Sydney called Old Arrack! Hope you have tried some during your stay there. Go the Lankans...it is now their cup to lose!

  • challagalla on October 5, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Nice article. I visited Sri Lanka for the first time about 10 years back and fell in love with the place and its easy going fun loving people. I would love to settle down here. I can understand Sri Lankans supporting Pakistan in an India - Pakistan match. Today the Indian team, BCCI or even Indians in general are perceived as bullies and definitely will not win any popularity contest. The most distrssing incident happened just a few weeks back when a school team from Columbo was playing in Chennai and the local politicians protested. For gods sake its a school team and where do politics enter into a friendly game between 2 school teams. Similarly The Honourable President of Sri Lanka visited Madhya Pradesh as a state guest and he was greeted by black flags and protests asking him to go back. In India we equate a guest to god as the sanskrit saying says " Atithi Devo Bhava ". This has been truly forgotten in India and I am sorry for all the boorish behaviour of my countrymen.

  • Jay on October 5, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Well there is a lot of anti-Indian sentiment happening around the world but more so in SL. India have always shared good will with the Sri Lankans throughout history and this is how they repay us back. It was saddening to see the SL people more than anyone else dislike India so much. I guess it has to do a lot with the defeats India inflicted on them in recent times including the WC final in 2011. Well, it's only sport, why carry on such an attitude into every day life ? It's a sad state of affairs. India helps Sri Lankan cricket in many ways. For example, the recent financial troubles the SLCB went through. It was the BCCI that offered a helping hand. Many Sri Lankans play in the IPL etc. One should not forget these facts.

  • Ernie on October 4, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Being a Srilankan and knowing our ways I don't agree with a single thing mentioned in this article.

  • Aragoth on October 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    We have a saying in Sinhalese: "Even if the ship sinks the party must go on".

  • tintagel on October 4, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Pakistan have a long history of supporting each other and contrary to what this article suggests, we will never stop wishing Pakistan well! You guys played great right throughout.

  • Sarah on October 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, I'm disappointed. Is this in the Sri Lankan nature that they praise us for putting up a good fight and laugh behind our backs? Even right now, I see a majority of Pakistani fans congratulating Sri Lanka in the comments section of Cricinfo's articles. Whatever resentment we have due to our loss, we're keeping it to ourselves and aren't blaming the Lankans. I bet if Pakistan had won today, the same people who were laughing at the Pakistanis would've become much more reactionary. I know my judgement of the Lankan fans is obtuse but after reading that the Pakistani fans were subjected to jeering, my support for Lanka died a little.

  • jackthelad on October 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I was at the match tonight (I wonder if you were?) - I saw absolutely no anti-Pakistan behaviour, heard no such comments, and find it quite hard to believe that they existed. It was perhaps the friendliest crunch match I've ever attended. Even when it looked like Sri had posted about twenty too few, everyone I was near was saying they hoped it would be a good contest. Sorry, it was not as you make out from where I was sitting.

  • jackthelad on October 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I was at the match tonight (I wonder if you were?) - I saw absolutely no anti-Pakistan behaviour, heard no such comments, and find it quite hard to believe that they existed. It was perhaps the friendliest crunch match I've ever attended. Even when it looked like Sri had posted about twenty too few, everyone I was near was saying they hoped it would be a good contest. Sorry, it was not as you make out from where I was sitting.

  • Rajith Wijepura on October 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Its all because this world cup means alot to all srilankans

  • Mumbai Indian on October 4, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    It was evident that Sri Lankan fans thought India could be their only hurdle on their way to winning the cup. Therefore, they were rooting for Pakistan. When South Africa scored 122 against India, Sri Lankan fans cheered as loudly as Pakistan fans. That just shows how relieved Sri Lankan fans were knowing that they are going to play Pakistan. Otherwise, do people really think Sri Lanka really cares for Pakistan? Especially after what their team had to go through in Pakistan a few years back?

  • Waqar Jilani on October 4, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Why not? they deserve all the fun and my wishes are with them. Goodluck Srilanka!

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  • Waqar Jilani on October 4, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Why not? they deserve all the fun and my wishes are with them. Goodluck Srilanka!

  • Mumbai Indian on October 4, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    It was evident that Sri Lankan fans thought India could be their only hurdle on their way to winning the cup. Therefore, they were rooting for Pakistan. When South Africa scored 122 against India, Sri Lankan fans cheered as loudly as Pakistan fans. That just shows how relieved Sri Lankan fans were knowing that they are going to play Pakistan. Otherwise, do people really think Sri Lanka really cares for Pakistan? Especially after what their team had to go through in Pakistan a few years back?

  • Rajith Wijepura on October 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Its all because this world cup means alot to all srilankans

  • jackthelad on October 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I was at the match tonight (I wonder if you were?) - I saw absolutely no anti-Pakistan behaviour, heard no such comments, and find it quite hard to believe that they existed. It was perhaps the friendliest crunch match I've ever attended. Even when it looked like Sri had posted about twenty too few, everyone I was near was saying they hoped it would be a good contest. Sorry, it was not as you make out from where I was sitting.

  • jackthelad on October 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I was at the match tonight (I wonder if you were?) - I saw absolutely no anti-Pakistan behaviour, heard no such comments, and find it quite hard to believe that they existed. It was perhaps the friendliest crunch match I've ever attended. Even when it looked like Sri had posted about twenty too few, everyone I was near was saying they hoped it would be a good contest. Sorry, it was not as you make out from where I was sitting.

  • Sarah on October 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, I'm disappointed. Is this in the Sri Lankan nature that they praise us for putting up a good fight and laugh behind our backs? Even right now, I see a majority of Pakistani fans congratulating Sri Lanka in the comments section of Cricinfo's articles. Whatever resentment we have due to our loss, we're keeping it to ourselves and aren't blaming the Lankans. I bet if Pakistan had won today, the same people who were laughing at the Pakistanis would've become much more reactionary. I know my judgement of the Lankan fans is obtuse but after reading that the Pakistani fans were subjected to jeering, my support for Lanka died a little.

  • tintagel on October 4, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Pakistan have a long history of supporting each other and contrary to what this article suggests, we will never stop wishing Pakistan well! You guys played great right throughout.

  • Aragoth on October 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    We have a saying in Sinhalese: "Even if the ship sinks the party must go on".

  • Ernie on October 4, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Being a Srilankan and knowing our ways I don't agree with a single thing mentioned in this article.

  • Jay on October 5, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Well there is a lot of anti-Indian sentiment happening around the world but more so in SL. India have always shared good will with the Sri Lankans throughout history and this is how they repay us back. It was saddening to see the SL people more than anyone else dislike India so much. I guess it has to do a lot with the defeats India inflicted on them in recent times including the WC final in 2011. Well, it's only sport, why carry on such an attitude into every day life ? It's a sad state of affairs. India helps Sri Lankan cricket in many ways. For example, the recent financial troubles the SLCB went through. It was the BCCI that offered a helping hand. Many Sri Lankans play in the IPL etc. One should not forget these facts.