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Ranatunga lauds 'special team effort'

Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 9, 2014

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The Sri Lankan team lifts the World T20 trophy, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Arjuna Ranatunga: 'Normally there are heroes in these tournaments, but what I saw was that young players and seniors were all contributing together' © ICC
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  • Muttiah Muralitharan has also weighed in with praise, paying particular attention to the several months of consistent cricket Sri Lanka had played, in the approach to the WT20. Since arriving in Bangladesh in late January, Sri Lanka won 15 of their 16 straight limited-overs matches in the country, with the only failure having come against England.
  • "We have been playing brilliantly for the last six months. In fact, we haven't lost for a long time," Murali told Indian Express. "We beat India and Pakistan -- title contenders in these conditions -- while winning the Asia Cup, carrying our confidence into this tournament."
  • Murali was also optimistic about Sri Lanka's future prospects, particularly at global events. "It's still far away and difficult to predict so early, but I expect Sri Lanka to be a serious force to reckon with despite the World Cup being played in different conditions. Of course, Australia and New Zealand will have the advantage because they're used to the conditions."
  • "We had Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva. Then came Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana and Marvan Atapattu. Mahela and Sanga arrived close on their heels. Now it's time for youngsters to take over. There are many good players and I expect Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews to step into their shoes in this format."

Sri Lanka's first Word Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has lauded the team's World T20 win as a "special team effort", which bodes well for the future of the team. Sri Lanka's most successful batsman, Mahela Jayawardene, was not among the top-ten tournament run-scorers, while their most penetrative bowler, Nuwan Kulasekara, finished ninth on the wicket-takers' list.

Ranatunga told Inside Sports that the individuals' form through the Asia Cup, and Sri Lanka's experience in Bangladesh conditions had also been significant. "If you look at the tournament, a lot of contributions were made by new players - young players. We should talk about Mahela, and Kumar Sangakkara, as well as Lasith Malinga, who bowled very well, but I feel that every player made a special contribution - not just a minor one.

"Normally there are heroes in these tournaments, but what I saw was that young players and seniors were all contributing together. That's a great sign for the future of Sri Lanka cricket, when these young players are performing at that level."

Those thoughts echo the subtext of tournament XIs released by the ICC and ESPNcricinfo, which feature only Lasith Malinga from the Sri Lanka team. Ranatunga said the campaign had also had four unsung players who made vital contributions.

"There are players who hadn't shone out, like Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath. Sachithra bowled well throughout the tournament and Kulasekara delivered in difficult moments.

"Rangana hadn't played throughout the tournament, but from the moment he came, he was taking wickets and keeping the runs down. Kusal took the pressure off Sangakkara, Dilshan and Mahela, and put it on his own shoulders. He played the same role as Sanath Jayasuriya used to play. Sometimes it seemed like he played bad shots, but that's his style.

"The other thing you have to say is that our fielding was extremely good - better than the other teams."

Ranatunga also lavished praise on Dinesh Chandimal's decision to opt out of the semi-final and final. Chandimal had been in mediocre form in T20 cricket in the past year, and after the team had defeated New Zealand in a match from which he had been banned, Chandimal gave up the captaincy to Lasith Malinga.

"Even though he was not in good form, Sri Lanka has done well, and protected their No. 1 ranking, while he was captain," Ranatunga said. "No one has the right to leave out a captain, and if Chandimal was able to sacrifice his place to protect a winning combination, I think he deserves a lot of praise in this win. It's a great example to other cricketers."

Ranatunga also said that Jayawardene and Sangakkara had timed their T20 international retirements well. "The cricketers are the ones who know better than anyone, when the right time is to go. In the past we've seen that T20 is a young man's game. I'm sure they've made the correct decision."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Surprised and sad to see Arjuna not saying anything about Mathews. I respected Arjuna but I have doubts now. Earlier he was pushing Kandamby for captaincy and then he is praising Chandimal. Common denominator is all 3 ie Arjuna, Kandamby and Chandimal played for Ananda College. Arjuna does not remember that Mathews with an injury at the last world cup semi final against NZ made some lusty hits when others were choking to guide SL to a win. When Mathews was injured in Semi finals he could not be chosen for the final against India, SL had to do 3 changes and lost. Arjuna never speaks about Mathews, even when he won 2 MOM awards at the T20 WC out of 5 matches we won, but speaks of Chandimal, he does not remember that Mathews was the T20 captain before and had an immaculate record. Disappointing captain cool. Is it because another SL captain cool is emerging ?

Posted by cric1965 on (April 12, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

Kusal perera should improve his batting strength against spinners. His timing is excellent. Need little patience. Will become master blaster in future.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

sanga & mahela was not in gud form. but their experience help to win the series. Malinga is not a good captain. he can't win final and semi without sanga & mahela. But there are lot of. good new comers. They are the future of srilankan Cricket.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

@Sahul.... road to cup if we consider, neither Sanga nor Mahela had scored considerable score. Mahela only had give 20 except 89 runs scored against England(SL LOST the match) or below runs in most matches while sanga scored 10 or below except in finals. its all the youngsters who take on those matches....especially Mathews, KJP, Thirimanne & all others.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

I don't thing so sl strong team with out sanga mahela

Posted by ksquared on (April 12, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

To all the IND fans still bitter about the loss SL were the better team they have only lost a single match out of 16 this year there is no doubt that SL is the best T20 side if not the best limited overs side in the world apart from winning the WT20 they have been ranked no. 1 for the past 2 and1/2 years and it is not going to change anytime soon. Don't be surprised if they become the no. 1 ODI side as well. SL will be strong contenders for the 2015 world cup with a batting line up as strong as anyone and the best allround bowling line up in the world plus most batsmen have performed very well in AUS and NZ

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

@NP_NY.... It seems that SL has the best youngster strength of all the countries. Sanath's duplicate KJP, Thirimanne with tacticAL batting, Game Changer & excellent capt. Mathews, Power Hitter Thisara, Sachithra with good spin and outstanding fielding, chandimal a captain with high will dedication to team, Kulasekara, Lakmal with excellent pace bowling, Ajantha Mendis outstanding spinner against India & many others like jeevan Mendis,De Silva, Seekuge, Priyanjan are in team..... so accordingly I can see only 2 youngsters Kholi and Ashwin in Indian team.... so my friend now tell me who is the best??

Posted by   on (April 12, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

Samson, We beat you comfortably and are the Champions. If anything Sri Lankan players are underrated than overrated. Always making finals in world cups. Always consistent in ranking

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Arujana will always be a good man in terms of cricket! Not only did Chandimal take that wise decision but also all of saw Sri-Lanka's team spirit when Chandimal came running to provide a helmet for one of his team mates on the final vs India.. One united team that!

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 11, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

@NP_NY, fact is that we have too many great youngsters and we have selection headaches. Kusal Perera will pummel the Indian school boy bowling attack into pieces even more brutally than how Sanath Jayasuriya did it. The famous Mumbai massacre in 1997 showed how pathetic is the world's best bowling attack which comes from nowhere other than India haha. Sanath Jayasuriya mauled the world's most penetrative bowling attack when he scored 152 not out in Mumbai in 1997. Indians cant even bat on expressways which is why they got all out for 54 in Sharjah when Sanath Jayasuriya freely scored 189 hahaha.

Posted by Ishfaq333 on (April 11, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

@NP_NY: You know I would kill to see an Ind - SL Test series before Sanga and Mahela retire (We can name the series "Bowler's Nightmare"). And I don't think any team played "REAL" - which I'm taking to mean consistent - cricket in this tournament. And about Chandimal, I don't think he was ever at home in this side. Premature decision to give him the reins.

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

It is hilarious to see when the sl fans over rating their players. even the u 19 sl team or so called future sl stars went down to a takented afg u 19 team. if it is so then wat wil hapn if they cross with the mighty indian team..

Posted by sidanthan on (April 11, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

@ Charos !! Fully agree with you. We as Sri lankans are proud of our team & well disciplined to bear both wins and looses

Posted by Charos on (April 11, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Dear SL fans. I watched a video that shows fans set fire on something that labeled 'Sri Lanka' after the t20 final. Some pelted stones on to roof of a residence of a player who was once their hero. Are you guys crazy to argue with them?

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

@NP_NY,Sri Lanka never depend on few players like India heavily depend on Koli....India now has started it's down trend. ODI world champion couldn't reach Final atleast in ASIAN CUP..and couldn't win T20 world cup..

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 11, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

@NP_NY, India has a very bleak future. It is you who need a reality check. We have Kusal Perera who has nearly 10 man of the match awards, Thisara Perera, Kaushal Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Kithruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Shaminda Eranga (only bowler in history to take a wicket in all 3 formats in his first over), Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Thirimanne and of course Angelo Mathews who are all light years better than any so called Indian youngsters who are overrated as usual.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 11, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

All SL has got going for them is the T20 lottery, which is far from REAL cricket. They are NEVER going to get ahead of India in the Test and ODI rankings. When Sanga and Mahela are gone, the Indian under 19 team will be able to beat SL in all formats. SL is going down!

Posted by Indians-love-flattracks on (April 11, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

SL going to dominate cricket for the foreseeable future.

Posted by tearisle on (April 11, 2014, 9:47 GMT)

and let me continue,,, as sri lankans lets not underrate the achievements of our grand old neighbours india. Mahela jayawarene is no doubt a class act but he has just 16 centuries from 412 odi's and an average of just 33.17 highest score 144 and he has been playing for 17 years. but just look at virat kohli he has 19 centuries already from just 134 matches averaging 52.16 highest score 183 now is that phenomenal or what. Sri lanka are good no doubt we are a well rounded side and are serious contenders for next years title. we will have the fire power by then lakmal, malinga, kula, angelo and thssara and spinners herath, tharindu kaushal( by the way for your information he is the best spinner in sri lanka at the moment and he can bat as well) and senanayake. chandimal can play best on fast tracks he has a century at lords while sachin hasn't. thiri has a good score in sydney. we will have the best well- balanced combination by then. I predict a dejavu an encore another final.

Posted by tearisle on (April 11, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Well as a sri lankan I would like to advise our guys on this forum to restrict themselves when they criticize india and don't try to compare our achievements to those that india has achieved.India has been playing test cricket for 82 years and most of their cricketers were playing for the england team long before that the likes of the great ranjit singhji and duleep singhji. They have produced cricketing greats such as the three v's vijay merchant, vijay hazare, vijay manjerekar and then sunil gavaskar, kapil dev, gundappa vishvanath, erapalli prasanna.... just to name a few.

Posted by cric1965 on (April 11, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Full credit to Dinesh Chandimal for his sacrifice. Country rather than person or IPL. If you are not in good nick do not hang on the team. This is a good lesson to out of form seniors. Once chandimal bat in top order he will polish his batting skills. You have a bright future, chandi. Best of luck for you.

Give youngsters enough exposure in coming tours rather than ageing super star players. Need to think about WC 2015

Posted by sidanthan on (April 11, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

@ karthikrby: Both Chandimal & Thirimanna love pace than spin & they proved it in Aus/Eng.Up to now they were not given proper position to settle down,because most of SL senior batters want to bat high up in the order.(like how Kohli/Rohit/Raina/Pujara batted in the order when Shewag/Gambhir/Sachin/Rahul aroud). Don't worry we got lots of budding talent (in all 3 departments) in our development squads under Kaluwitharana & co.But you need to find consistant match winning bowlers to move forward from the current situation.(if you're dreaming of 2015 WC)

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

@Perera Withanage !! Hitting classically or slowly not going to make any impact to the game, It is very unfortunate current Sri Lanken match winner in ODI is not highlighted anywhere, When you compare statistics of Dilshan to Mahela can get a better idea, Mahela's batting average is 33.17 but Dilshan's average is 37.67. There is a huge gap. Mahela has 16 centuries from 412 matches while Dilshan has 17 from just 277 matches..see the difference..and in ODI mahela has won 17 player of the match awrads from 412 matches , dilshan has won same amount just from 277 matches..so who is the real Legend????Mahela just OVERATED....Dilshan is highly IMPACT player..

Posted by   on (April 11, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

@ romesh !! What are u genius or something to try breaking while worlds point of view and say they aren't best ???? Shh.... Just be silent and learn well bout what worlds says bout em ! Hitting hard on ball not gonna make u the best batsmen in the world ! So think twice before post such a comments.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (April 11, 2014, 0:25 GMT)

@ITJOBSUCKS, Thirimanne actually played pretty well in Aus, the standout being a 90-odd at the SCG which I was there to witness. It's funny that you say that Rohith won the 2008 VB Series for you, is that why he's been kept in the team despite 8 years of failures after that? You actually only won the VB finals thanks to your opening fast bowler (I can't remember his name) who got Gilchrist and the rest of the Aus top order out cheaply. Now I know that you can't wait till our greats retire but I can assure you that we've always produced match-winners from our population of 20 million, unlike India which has no fast bowlers and only Kohli and Dhoni as genuine matchwinners from a population of 1.2 billion haha.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Aravinda,Arjuna,Murali and Sanath are true legends of sl cricket history.Sanga and Mahela just overated.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Sanga and Mahela are highly overated batsman. Mahela is totaly inconsistant batsmsn with bating average around 32 in odi.Actualy in odi Dilshan has done something better than Mahela for Sri Lsnka.Mahela has still scored only 15 odi centuries while dilshan has 17 from minimum matches and also during last odi world cup and 2009 t20 Dilshan has scored most runs for sri lanka and was among best 3 in the world

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a brilliant cricketing side... Full of young talent and backed by matured and experienced guys like Sanga and Mahela... That's the combination any side would want to have... I am sure by 2015 World Cup the young talent would bru them selves to take over from the seniors... Sri Lanka cricket has a bright future with Angelo, Thirimane, and i am sure we will see chandimal getting back to form...

Posted by LeoE on (April 10, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

The Indian cricket structure is so impressive that each player has been selected from a group of 100 million people. Compare that to Sri Lanka where each player comes from a paltry 2 million population. So to a simple mind, the quality of the Indian team should be so extraordinarily supreme, absolutely invincible, that we need not argue about how good Sri Lanka was in the finals. We should not be losing to even a World Eleven. But we are losing to everyone. We lost even to New Zealand - total population is 4 million. Why ? Because we are simply not churning out talent as we should be. If not for the IPL we would have been in dire straits. We are strong on paper. But horrible on the field. Lets face it. Kohli, Yuvi and MSD scored 19 runs in the last 24 balls against SL in World T 20 final. Can you believe it ? No, it surely could not be true. No, its just a bad dream !! So all this talk about how great a side India has, and how SL wins in Asia only etc is meaningless.

Posted by NP_NY on (April 10, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Youngsters? LOL, which youngster performed well for SL? After Sanga, Mahela, and Malinga, SL has no match winners. Ranatunga needs a reality check.

Posted by karthikrby on (April 10, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Thirimanne/chandimal proved in Aus?? Really?? Candimal played under the shadows of mahela/sanga, thirimanne's performance was patheic in VB series.

Can you tell me one match winning innings by chandimal or thirimanne in Aus just like Virat played at hobart? Or what ashwin did to you in champs trophy? SL you are a real good side as of now. My point is, you refuse to accept the fact that sanga/mahela are still the main pillars in your batting unit. You always won matches when either one of them performed. Can you tell me one important match you won with out a 50+ score from either batsmen?

Even in 2011 WC mahela held the innings together and did the job. Imagine a fragile 3 and 4 in form of chandimal and some one else. If SL reduced to 50 for 5, I am sure angelo will also loose his wicket and you may end up at 100 all out. Right now, I accept the fact that SL is a better side with two greats. But this won't last long.

At the end of such greats carrier afterall they won a t20 cup.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

srilanka should send seafull of thanks to yuvrajsingh and dhoni who helped SL to win easily

Posted by CricFanatic1996 on (April 10, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

Well said Nandan Nadkarni. We all should all get together and support cricketing nations. Congratz SL.

Posted by Urajapakse on (April 10, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

This great man, The best ever captain/cricketer SL has ever produced is the 'one & only person' who openly praised Dinesh Chandimal- Our official T 20 captain for sacrificing his place on behalf of the country/team.

Dinesh, you did the right thing & civilize people who understands the game like Arjuna will always respect you for that. Lasith Malinga didn't have the 'common sense' at least to call you & accept the cup jointly but JUMPED ON THAT.

Had he done so, he could have commanded a better respect 'as a standing captain' but unfortunately, didn't have the 'morals' to do so.

We all saw what our 1996 world cup winning captain did Immediately after receiving the 'cup' from former Pakistan Prime minister late Ms. Benazir Butto.

He tok no time to thank former Pakistan & Indian skippers in Wasim & Azaar. So that is the GRATITUDE LASITH. Learn at least now. Do not brag too much as If you have win the cup om your own. Learn that from Arjuna.

Posted by rk_ks on (April 10, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

@Mr.Cricket_slLion: What an analysis. You can be a cricket coach to any international team. If you are running out of ideas to bash India, then please keep quite. Just don't comment for the sake of commenting. You think Virat scored all the runs in all the matches. Against SA virat scored 77, who scored the remaining runs then. In final SL just depended on Sanga and Malinga to win right. It's not a team effort in final.

Posted by Mr.Cricket_slLion on (April 10, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Well Said Ranatunga. India almost depended on Virat in every match during world t20. But Srilanka team never depended on a single player. Everyone contributed in every single match, that is the team spirit. lets learn it from LIONS. we are still roaring.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Thanx to indian team for making 130 runs 64/10.3 and 57 balls remaining 8 wikets remaining 67 runs scored well played SL

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

@Ashwin Balaji , it would be very interesting to see how india will recover their recent Major losses at ASIAN CUP and T20 world cup final.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

It would be interesting see how SL plays in the WC 2015.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

SL Fans congrats...Indian brothers lets accept SL team played well on that day and deserved to win. Lets keep to that , there is no need for any bashing its only a game yaar. As Indian Fan I would like to see players like Pujara, Aaron and Umesh Yadav get a chance before the WC2015, also Amit Mishra is a find and sincerly hope(but knowing Dhoni it seems implausible) that Dhoni plays him ahead of Ashwin.

Posted by sidanthan on (April 10, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Posted by karthikrby : " In slow low pitches you guys are always successful than many other teams. Its not going to be the case with WC 2015". Why they are succesful in slow low pitches?? If so, wonder why indian batters couldn't handle death overs effectively as those conditions are almost similer to the home.Gent'men cricket is a team game, not an individual's / one department' (batting) game.You need team spirit, proper strategy & all 3 departments to click to win a match.That was lacking in team India in the final. It's too early to talk about 2015 WC.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

Well said Arjuna its the Team work.

Posted by BounceTrack_BULLY on (April 10, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@FlatTRACKBULLY eventhough SL won bothe their world cup in subcontinent, we had to agree that they are the NO1 team in T20 format as per ICC rankings.

Posted by akil-2011 on (April 10, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

In fact it is good Malinga dropped Virat Kholi on 11. otherwise Raina or Dhoni could have whacked. But one thing should say that Indians were too over confident about the final. We Sri Lankan had our well game plan and executed rite on time. Also its pretty bad to see that people are really tarnishing Yuvi's image. Guys do not forget the service he provided during the other world cups which won by Indians.There is ups and downs always in everyone life. no one can succeed everyday. And also one team has to be loose so other can win. We Sri Lankan had more bad feelings than Indians when we failed 4 times in the finals at a raw but we never criticized our players still wot we done is we encouraged them. So this is the result we gained at last. No doubt India they got really tallented cricketers we cannot under estimate them ever. But who play's well on that particular day for sure they win's. Sri Lankan they deserve that

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (April 10, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

@ roshrosh I know truth is bitter, but i can't help bud...Before replying to my post, just check your countrymen have posted some rubbish without checking facts....SL hasn't achieved anything like what India has...When Sl beat ENG in ENG by 5-0, everybody knew that England were re-building their ODI side & really they were struggling....If i ain't wrong, KP & flintoff were not part of that ODI side!!!

@ tcarlos Don't post "anything" with out checking facts!!!

Posted by ksquared on (April 10, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

@karthikrby Stop talking about SL cricket because u know absolutely nothing about it. The structures are completely different there are many talented batsmen in SL cricket but they haven't been given the opportunity to perform in the big stage yet. Many SL batsmen have taken time to perform at the international level due to the gap between domestic and international game was the same with Sanga, Sanath, Marvan and many others. BTW the fast bowling talent is much more impressive. On what basis can you say that players that haven't even played international cricket yet are better than Thirimanne/Chandimal? They played in AUS,SA and ENG and performed well. Your so called attacking batsmen failed miserably in SA and NZ recently so really there is nothing to crow about is there???

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

When consider Mahela and Sanga's real performance in recent T20 world cup, feel like these Two are struggling very much when batting .Before the final match, Sanga had scored only 19 runs from FIVE matches at the average of 4.75. Even in Final Though Sanga could make 50, at the beggining he gave a catch and looked very much struggling. His straight drives ended with fours but over the Keaper's head.After the victory he looked very much over joyed because from FINAl chance at last he could earn some respect.I think for next ODI Sanga and Mahela should include only on rotating basis to the side. We could see young Chandimal sacrifise his captaincy considering team benefit ,so why cannot Sanga and mahela???

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Yes the good thing about this win was that almost everybody contributed at some stage in this tournament. You cant name 1 hero. it was a team effort and that makes it special. youngsters played well. seniors played crucial part in it.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

sl has finally won a worldcup final and i am very happy for them as a neutral cricket fan they should cherish it and others should be happy for them. Hard luck for indian fans but they cant win everything and atleast they shouldnt be jealous of sl team and bash them on various sites and media .

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

pratiksh88 , Cricket is game of both batsman and bowler. India has lots of good batsmen but not good bowler what SL has.

Posted by karthikrby on (April 10, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Regd, indian team, they are in rebuilding, they did it almost 80%. Yet few tweakings needed. But still, they will be the best side post WC 2015. I am not seeing them winning WC 2015 due to lack of highly experienced persons like mahela/sanga. Where as SL will be the worst ever SL side post WC 2015 as I am not seeing any young player can take the opposition attack like shikar, rohit, kohli, jadeja, shami, ashwin does. Also we have few exciting youngsters like Sanju Samson, Gurkeerat singh waiting with fire power who are far better than thirimanne/chandimal. Angelo mathews will be the only fire power with SL and he will be tested when SL are with out sanga/mahela.

Posted by aby_97 on (April 10, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

@roshrosh These are Ind vs SL stats.. India Won - 78 Sri Lanka - 54 No Result - 11 Tied - 1 First match - Jun 16-18, 1979, Manchester, Sri Lanka won by 47 runs Last Match: 4th Match - Asia Cup - Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah on Feb 28, 2014

Sri Lanka v India - Twenty20 International Records (Since 2009) Total Match - 6 India Won - 3 Sri Lanka Won - 3 First game: India won by 3-wickets (four balls remaining), Colombo, February 10, 2009. Scoreboard Last Game : Final - ICC World T20 2014, Sri Lanka by six wickets, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on April 6, 2014.

Posted by karthikrby on (April 10, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Black_rider, You were in final against Aus, because of Aus mastermind of not letting india in to final. They defeated themselves to let SL into final. You were beaten very badly in the finals. Can't you remember???

SL fans, you are bringing the stats of SL winning outside. When you compare the AUS/SA team played against you and india, you can see against india, they play with full squad fearing about defeat. Whereas SL played with squads with rested big match players and hence they were let off to win here and there.

Accepts the fact that apart Asia cup and T20 SL were beaten very very badly by india. What about champions trophy semi final. In Aus vb series, we won 2-1 against SL. We will again get time to thrash you guys.

To people who do not accept yuvi factor and glorify their death bowlers, can you explain what happened to your death bowling against england? In slow low pitches you guys are always successful than many other teams. Its not going to be the case with WC 2015.

Posted by tcarlos on (April 10, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@ITJOBSUCKS ur comments are the jokes of the year.. thirmanne got hiss maiden century in australia. we have beaten u many more times out of subcontinent. dont talk too much. u are beaten all ends up last week in mirpur.sorry folk..

Posted by ground-boy on (April 10, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

forgot to say, Sri Lanka has a very good neutral select committee.

Posted by cric1965 on (April 10, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Next year, Dilshan would be 38 years plus. Normally reflexes are diminished with age.His form is reducing now. Will his form back again. Hardly believe. We can see his form in up coming England tour if he plays . Last t20 world cup also he struggled. His strike rate reduced to near 100. As a opener in t20, you need higher strike rate. With his current form, he is not suitable to play for next year world cup. His place should give to Thirimanna. You cannot win world cup with old horses

Posted by roshrosh on (April 10, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

@ ITJOBSUCKS - Stop watching Neo Cricket channel where they keep repeating the games which India has won... Your comment shows you have no clue about what Sri Lanka cricket team has achieved.. May be we have not won the world cups more often, but we have been there in almost every final payed since 1999... Also we beat England in England 5-0, Beat Australia in Australia 2-1; Won a Asia Cup beating India and Pakistan.... Your victories are for your to cherish... not to thrash others success... Calm down bro... Anyways the tides are slowly turning... In the last couple of months SL has beaten India a few times already... Enjoy...

Posted by Anushika on (April 10, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Bit sad that Ranatunga didn't mentioned anything about MATHEWS. If anyone give their efforts to check this they will definitely find that Ranatunga haven't praised MATHEWS ever. But still its high time he leave those behind. Ranatunga being a great captain of Sri Lanka should be fair to everyone. In this tournamant MATHEWS also gave his fullest with both Ball & Bat. So he deserves a little credit too.

Posted by pratiksh88 on (April 10, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

Even Srilanka won 1996 world cup in friendly conditions (Lahore)....its a fact that subcontinent team is not perform very well when they play outside subcontinent so its not about India not about Pakistan n even not about Srilanka so dont discuss on dis topic is better option.....

Posted by ground-boy on (April 10, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Focus on next year 50/50 WC. Both Mahela and Sanga must be there in the squad. Select best of the bests considering good performance by then. Selection panel have the right to drop anybody out of form ,no matter who he is or which school or club he represents. I don't think once nominated as captain has executive powers or any special right to force for his inclusion when he is seriously out of form. Voluntary exit is good for the gentlemens game. It is appreciated. Pannel must select the best 11. Sometimes may be a big gamble. There's enough time for experiments. Current Bona fide members who fit also for ODIs are: Mathews,Malinga,Nuwan and Kusal.

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (April 10, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

@Sarathi Ratnayake At the end of the day, it's about winning Tournaments not just winning league matches!!! Since 2000, Ind has Natwest Trophy in ENG, VB series in AUS, WT20 in SA, Champions Trophy in ENG!!! SL hasn't won anything outside "subcontinent"!!!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

So if sri lanka's world cup win carries less value since it was played in "friendly conditions"..then i guess india's 2011 world cup win at hme caries no value...

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (April 10, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

@Sarathi Ratnayake, Black_Rider Karth Get your facts right!!! I remember chandimal scoring few runs in AUS in 2012, but other than that i don't remember any SL youngster making an impact in AUS!!! Thirammane failed miserably in AUS!!! Rohit Sharma helped Ind to win VB series in AUS in 2008 esp in Final....Surely, he ain't flat track bully...Gautam & Dhoni have scored quite a lot of runs in AUS in 2008 & 20012 during VB series!!!! AFAIK, Dhawan & Rahane are yet to play in AUS!!! So, don't post anything without checking facts!!!

Posted by pratiksh88 on (April 10, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Bro "Black_rider":- i respect your feelings and Srilanka is new t20 champion so its ur time to speak.. But if ur talking about state (Source- espncricinfo, statguru) so just check this again with filter from 2009, 50% of matches in that state India had lost after 2009, when India is building their team again n our (Sachin,Ganguly,Dravid,Laxman,Sehwag) all r about to leave cricket, Now its Srilank's turn to rebuild after mahela n sanga.. ll see in future ur states. bcz ur youngster (Thiri,K.parera,angi,t.parera) is not even comparable with our only one man army KOHLI. Last but not d least ur young captain Chandi.. v hv all seen his performance and if d captain is giving up from his side (Semi n final), v ll understand how much confident and talented he is.. Now mark my words SL Cricket will move forward i doubt...... But indian cricket surely..with young aggression of Kohli,Jadeja,Rohit,Rahane,(Unsung C.Pujara, S.Samsang,U.chand). Everyone in dis list take Indian cricket move forward.

Posted by anver777 on (April 10, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Good compliments from 1996 50 ovr WC HERO to 2014 T20 winning HEROES !!!!! "KEEP THE SL LION FLAG FLYING HIGH"

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Hello we have the cup so keep it cool

Posted by Black_Rider on (April 10, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

@karthikrby:: It is funny that you only remember Kholi's innings at hobart from VB series. Guess who was in that final with Australia. It is SL mate. Chandi, Thiri, Angi all the youngsters performed really well not only in Aus but also in SA too. You guys only have a one quality player. He is Virat. All others are flat track bullies.

People said we will totter when Ara and Arjuna leave. They left but SL Cricket moved forward. People said we will totter when Sanath, Murali and Vass leave. They left but SL Cricket moved forward. Now people say we will totter when Mahela and Sanga leave. But mark my words SL Cricket will move forward......

KEEP CALM AND BELIEVE IN LIONS......

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

@karthikrby- Many people, mostly Indians criticize SL cricket by saying SL is only capable of winning matches in friendlier conditions in subcontinent. Here is a comparison of matches played by SRI LANKA and INDIA in AUS, ENG, NZ and SA against AUS, ENG, NZ and SA after 2000 to the present. (Source- espncricinfo, statguru).

INDIA Vs AUS, matches 16, W-5, L-10 Vs ENG matches 20, W-7, L-10 Vs NZ MATCHES 17, W-5,L-10 Vs SA MATCHES 16, W-3,L-12

SRI LANKA Vs AUS, matches 30, W-12, L-17 Vs ENG matches 15, W-9, L-6 Vs NZ MATCHES 15, W-7,L-7 Vs SA MATCHES 16, W-5,L-10.

This shows that SL is way ahead of IND in Australia, Eng, NZ and SA in pace and bounce conditions. True, there are a lot to achieve by Lankans. Some of them are test wins in Aus, IND. For that SL needs more matches in those conditions. 2 or 3 tests for each 5 yrs will not suit. SL needs test matches in overseas just like IND.U will see the difference then.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Disagree to karthikrby's comments. India not lost the final due to conditions or Yuvi Factor. Lankan bowlers ket the Indians tight. If Kholi wasn't there India should have bowled out in less than 70. You say that lankans not won any tournament away. Can't you remember few days before T20 started lankans brushed off the Indians and won the Asia cup. Accept the defeat. Stop throwing stones when a player fails. Tomorrow Yuvi will make a century and Indians will praise him. When youvi or any good batsman fails on the next match yuo throw stones. Hard luck mate. Lear to accept same as the Lankans. "WE LANKANS, ANYTIME-ANYWHERE WIN OR LOOSE, WE BOOZE" in real PARTY STYLE. We don't leave the feild when we are almost loosing. we stay back until the last ball.

Posted by karthikrby on (April 10, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Congrats to SL! But in a t20 any team can beat any one on a given day. Srilankan death bowling vulnerable against england, but it was superb against india which I believe was due to conditions and yuvi factor. Last T20 was won by WI, but they come no where close in winning champions trophy or away test matches.

Even, ever choking england have won a T20 once. SL team yet to prove their mettle. They were playing in subcontinent conditions more in recent times which was a huge advantage. Where as other teams like india were playing in SA/AUS conditions. SL youngsters yet to be tested in Aus conditions and their bowling attack may look pathetic in such conditions. Remember kohli innings at hobart.

Its not the time for SL to think they achieved greatest height. They haven't won any tournament in away conditions still. Its just a milestone that they have crossed. Also after 2015 WC, sanga/mahela may retire which will leave SL tottering.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

yeah...our next Aravinda is Anjalo..next mahela is Dinesh chandi..and..hope Thiri will get Sanga`s place..well done guys..we need some young big hitting players like thissara to our limited over side..

Posted by anver777 on (April 10, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Good comments from Arjuna........ who changed the entire SL cricket after winning WC 96 !!!! SL proved the world that, they deserved No#1 spot in World T20 !!!!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

Only way we can see chandimal full flow scoring when sang a and mahela retired from one day international. I am sure those days will be chandimal best days he likes to bat early in the innings since the those place been occupied by the senior.. He proved in Australia. I remember sanjay manjerekar while doing commentary he mentioned this is one more run machine from Asia he was mention about chandimal because of his consistency. God and only he knows what happened to him after that. It's more like mental advice is better than technical. everyone knows thirimanne and chandimal both have the technic to play international. only temperament was lacking . Some how thirimanne understood what he need to do and now he scoring run at good rate.. I guess sanath have big part to play.. He need to talk to chandimal to be positive on his batting and score runs quickly.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (April 10, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

Totally agree with Arjuna however I think he forgot to mention the name that contributed the most in the WC. Angelo Mathews! He was Sri Lanka's Man of The Series!

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

"No one has the right to leave out a captain, and if Chandimal was able to sacrifice his place to protect a winning combination, I think he deserves a lot of praise in this win. It's a great example to other cricketers." chandi is in a role that charisma guy is having to sacrifice for teams win has enlighten n washed off 18 years final winning drought . in the team from the beginning we saw the collective effort from Asia cup they played like HEROs. right player was at right time. only difficult time would be omission of mendis who was first ranked bowler for so long.we have lahiru, ashan ,even upul tharanga in full form. let them lake out these key roles in next arena n fully confident chandi is proven more than enough he is the right captain. let him com into form n until that lasith be the captain for T20s. for sure 6 month is more than enough guy to break his shackles.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

Hats off to our hero who lead SL through to its d├ębut ICC world title in 1996. He was a master strategist, and a very logical person who thinks on his feet. Really thankful for the article which is very insightful and gave Sri Lankan fans hope with the new blood in our team contributing than depending on old individual pillars. And we salute our two heroes going down, after there tenure of unforgettable service to the country, setting an example let space to the new guys to come and take on the responsibilities rather than holding a position forever and just dump it when you can't. And shouldn't we appreciate our young captain Chandimal for his selfless scarification to step down from captaincy. All these proves a subtle fact, that our players are professional, honest, bold but soft with great human qualities. Believe our neighbour fans should look at the reception SL team had from fans when they came back with runners up trophy 4 times in a raw. You make us all proud as a nation.

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (April 10, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Common boys! Its not over. World Cup 2015!

Posted by gahapanmachan on (April 9, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

General Ranatunga brought in 'stand your feet' culture to SL Cricket during that transitional period where village boy took over SL cricket from Colombo elite . Heartening but no surprise to see the team from all over the country taking on the world. Bring on the future!

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

@ Romesh Perera, please look at 96 stats without misquoting them. 96 was not only about Jayasuriya, Aravinda & Arjuna. Asanka Gurusinghe, Roshan Mahanama & Hashan also played very important roles as did Murali, Vaas & Kumar Dharmasena. If not for the role played by Gurusinghe, we would not have qualified past the first round. In the 3 games we played He scored 87, 25 & 84 while it was Hashan's 70 against India which took us over the line. In the QF, Gura was 2nd highest scorer with 45 and also contributed with 65 in the final to Aravinda's century. In all the matches the trio of Vaas, Murali & KD were instrumental in our wins with top quality bowling performances. So in 96 too it was a total team performance though only few get credit due to peoples short term memories. And Sanga & Mahela may not have contributed with bat but it was these 2 who were the tacticians behind our last 3 victories with their leadership of the youngsters. So you are wrong, we are gonna miss them big time.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (April 9, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Even thought not directly relavent to this i congrats SL team to their amazing Victory in T20 final. I saw best T20 death bowling in that match plus Sanga's superb innings which second only to De Silva 102* in 1996 Final to get the world cup to our mother land. Same as Mahela with very smart batting well supported by Thisara with massive 3 6'S Relevant to this Sanga and Mahela retirements r very wise and unselfish decisions now it's time to Dilshan to come to a decision. Dilshan could play another 1 Year but what the team get if he do so? Dil is struggling allover and not a captaincy material to instruct young captions and currently age of 38 so not a asset to future. He would be simply burden to SL team.

Posted by Cricthink on (April 9, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Thoughts of one great Captain! Captain Cool was the title he got and Cool was he. Sanga and Mahela deserved this send off. Their timing was picture perfect. Sanga's innings was well timed and suited the occasion most. As rightly pointed out by many, this was indeed a Team effort and that's why we do not find many Sri lankans in the Top 10 Bats or Bowlers. It shows a collective effort that resulted us being T20 World Champs. The retirement of Sanga and Mahela will have an impact in T20, but when they do call it quits in the 50 Overs and Test, the loss will be felt. Hope the selectors plan on 2015 and beyond. Sanath had done a great job in doing the balancing act, his skills will be tested in the next 18 to 24 months. Thanks boys for the pleasant memories and getting the monkey off your backs. Cheers

Posted by   on (April 9, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Well said Arjuna. It's very sad only few players getting credit from the Victory. If you look at the entire tournament performance Sanga had scored only 19 runs from FIVE Matches at the Average of 4.75 before the final.Mahela had played only a good single inning but ended with loosing ( 89 ) that match also ( only match SL lost during the tournament ).So these two players couldn't do anything to be selected select Sri Lanka to the FINAl. Everything done by youngsters like Kusal, Tisara, Tirimanna ,Rangana, Sachithra, and Mathews.

But when we look at 96 statistics it's purely because of great work by Sanath, Aravinda and Arjuna through out the entire tournament. Sanath did everything till semi final and Aravinda did best semi final and Final and also through out the series. So Sanga and Mahela are totally inconsistent ant not suitable for T20. Their exixt from T20 will never impact too the Team At all.

Posted by vihnga_De_cptan on (April 9, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Some memories,persons are unforgetable forever.But I can say this.Players came players had gone,also players will come players will go.but CRICKET will move forward smoothly with memories of them.It is the life of cricket.Thank you...

Posted by cric1965 on (April 9, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

In England tour during one day matches Thirimanna and Chandimal should give No 3 and 4 spot to bat. That will give them good exposure and experience in preparation for 2015 world cup. Do not forget Chandimal who was successful in Australia previously. Give youngsters enough exposure. Do not depend on Sanga and Mahela and Malinga, Kulasekera. if any one injured during world cup Should have enough quality players to replace them anytime. Last world cup before finals Mathews injured. Had to replace with three players to compensate him because no single quality all-rounder to replace like Mathews. Also give chance to Suranga Lakmal who has good talent.

Posted by SLMaster on (April 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Very good positive comments from our old chap ....

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