World T20 2014 April 8, 2014

Stars greeted by Colombo revelry

Thousands flocked the streets and the airport to get a glimpse of their heroes in what was probably the grandest public occasion since the end of the war eased bomb-blast fears
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Some fans stopped at nothing to get a look at 15 men, who right now have the nation at their feet

There was first a false alarm for the tens of thousands who thronged the Galle Face roundabout in Colombo for the second time in three days. Someone let off a vine of firecrackers, sparking an enormous wave of cheers and the flailing of a sea of Sri Lankan flags. Soon, the crowd realised they had awarded their heroes' welcome to the 430 from Mathugama. As the public bus pushed its way through the crush of bodies, the passengers chuckled. They knew who they had been mistaken for.

But soon enough, a glint of trophy gold in the amber streetlights promised the coming of the crowd's true heroes. Boys had climbed walls, braver men had climbed scaffolding, parents had their children standing atop their shoulders, all to get a look at 15 men, who right now have the nation at their feet. The 200-metre final stretch to the stage built on the southern end of Galle Face green may have been the slowest journey of the team's life. The crowd had moved in even more tightly around them, hoping to get just a few feet closer to their stars, who were wearing the grins they must have had on for more than four hours.

But there's always that one guy who goes too far. Who wants a little more than everyone else, and to be seen getting it. One man in an orange shirt attempted to climb up the side of the bus, to get within touching distance of the players, but the team were in such good spirits, they indulged even his idiocy. Two cricketers pulled him up into the open-top carriage with them, a few gave him a hand shake, then quickly lowered him back into the expanse of glowing faces.

There might have been 50,000 at Galle Face green, maybe more, as Sri Lankans of all ages flocked to enjoy the win, but around 1,500 had traveled all the way to the arrival gate at the airport to have the first possible glimpse. The children seemed to enjoy it the most, proudly holding up their posters, banding together to call out to their favourites in a small, high chorus. They would have had no memories of 1996. For many - even adults - this would have almost certainly been the grandest public occasion since the end of the war eased bomb-blast fears. In those days, a platoon half the size of the crowd itself would stalk the perimeter wielding automatic rifles, but only a smattering of cops were required on Tuesday. They had little to do.

When the team had departed, Dinesh Chandimal had been the side's captain, but it was Lasith Malinga who had led Sri Lanka in their last three games. Chandimal explained the leadership switch soon after the team landed. "I was ruled out of that New Zealand match due to an over-rate violation, but we played extremely well in that game. Thirimanne came in for me in that game, and he played well. Not only that, he had also played really well in the Asia Cup.

"So, I thought that winning the tournament and taking the trophy to Sri Lanka was what was most important to me. I haven't been in good form recently. Along with the team, I decided I wouldn't play the remaining matches, and that I would give the chance to Thirimanne, because we couldn't hide a player who was in form. I'm overjoyed that we were able to win, because it had been so difficult to bring a trophy home since 1996."

Barely a patch of pavement was unoccupied by adoring fans in the major towns along the team's route. Behind them, a rowdy, honking rearguard of bikes, cars, pick-up trucks and tuk-tuks, all bedecked in Sri Lanka flags, stretched for more than 100 metres - a civilian escort that far outstripped anything the military had provided, in the years of taut anxiety.

As the team came to their largest gathering of fans, near the sea, a thunderstorm had begun, a way out in the Indian Ocean. Lightning backlit the fireworks display and cracks of thunder embellished the sound of a hundred drums. Through all this the rain never worsened to more than a heavy drizzle, so no one wanted to leave until they had had their fill of the team and their cup. For the second time in a week, the weather had aligned for Sri Lanka.

The team took the stage and poured out their thanks on the masses. The Sinhala, Tamil and English pop played late into the evening, the people stayed and danced. It was another Sri Lankan party. The biggest one you've ever seen.

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

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  • on April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Our heartiest congratulations to a great team that brushed passed all hurdles , difficulties, drawbacks for a common cause. There was always one player who played to rescue the team when it mattered. They showed maturity, commitment, application and above all courage to fight to win in the most fairest way. It is unfair not to mention the coaching and support staff and they too deserve a major hug as much as the players. Tremendous support given by your loved ones too need recognition. Keep going LIONS ..you will still find hurdles on the way.. clear them and climb up the ladder. All the best to you and future cricketers of Sri Lanka. Wasantha Pamunuwa

  • slfanbase on April 11, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    this is how we treat our heroes ....win or lost it doesn't matter to us we never throw stones at crickets ...!

  • Sinhaya on April 11, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket, HAHAHA you are talking nonsense indeed. Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Sachithra Senanayake, Kusal Perera and many more excelled in the T20 world cup and it was a great team effort. I can see your pure jealousy. Thirimanne scored 2 tons in the Asia Cup too. Wonder if you were out of this world then. Kaushal Silva is a great test prospect too. Our future is shining and await non stop thrashings by Sri Lanka.

  • SurangaSL on April 10, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Well done boys. We are the nation who bundle with love & respect to all cricketers of any nation. That's why Darren (WI) wish to us win the WC. Now we are the champions of T20, most probably we will win 2015WC. Cheers guys!!!!

  • on April 10, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Well done Chandimal. You are the real hero. You would have to make the press conference since you are the official captain.

  • RanjithSuriyakula on April 10, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    My Respect to Late Tony Grieg who would be happy more than any Sri Lankan at this moment. We are the Champions in T20.

  • rk_ks on April 10, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    @Srikumar Narayan: All of a sudden SL has become the greatest cricketing nation, most loved sports team in the universe. But in the first against the NZ match, SL is not a good a team, and all SL fans started bashing them. OMG.

  • Htc-Android on April 10, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Dhoni did the right thing by sending yuvraj at no.4. Yuvraj is best the No.4 batsman indias T20 team. We cant say he is out of form either because he scored 70 odd runs in the group match against Aussies.I cant believe how these Indian fans blaming Yuvraj for this, Even Kohli and Dhoni struggled to score runs at the death. I dont know whats the shame on admitting the fact that they were outplayed by Sri lankan bowlers.

  • on April 10, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I don't know how many of you would agree but a fair amount of credit should be given to our Bowling coach, Chaminda Vaas. We won the match against NZ purely with the master-class bowling attack. And in the finals, who can forget those Wide Yorkers that bamboozled those Indian power hitters? Dhoni must have walked in thinking he is going to make 20 to 25 runs in those final overs but he could only score 4 runs out of the 10 balls he faced. Great show boys.You made those hero's in the past look like zero's this year. Well, finally the Monkey is off from our backs and we are looking forward to regain the ODI World Cup in 2015... There is a slight chance that Sanga and Mahela may announce their retirements from ODI Cricket prior to the WC 2015 so we could win that Cup for those retiring Legends....

  • Aus_guy on April 9, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    to Amar_bw : seems to me in this year 2014, SL beat India 3 times, at Asia Cup , Warm-up match at WC and WC finale. Also during last 2,1 overs SL could score another 30 to 40 runs, so India even set target 170, SL has the fire power to hunt down that target the way they batted last few overs.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Our heartiest congratulations to a great team that brushed passed all hurdles , difficulties, drawbacks for a common cause. There was always one player who played to rescue the team when it mattered. They showed maturity, commitment, application and above all courage to fight to win in the most fairest way. It is unfair not to mention the coaching and support staff and they too deserve a major hug as much as the players. Tremendous support given by your loved ones too need recognition. Keep going LIONS ..you will still find hurdles on the way.. clear them and climb up the ladder. All the best to you and future cricketers of Sri Lanka. Wasantha Pamunuwa

  • slfanbase on April 11, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    this is how we treat our heroes ....win or lost it doesn't matter to us we never throw stones at crickets ...!

  • Sinhaya on April 11, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket, HAHAHA you are talking nonsense indeed. Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Sachithra Senanayake, Kusal Perera and many more excelled in the T20 world cup and it was a great team effort. I can see your pure jealousy. Thirimanne scored 2 tons in the Asia Cup too. Wonder if you were out of this world then. Kaushal Silva is a great test prospect too. Our future is shining and await non stop thrashings by Sri Lanka.

  • SurangaSL on April 10, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Well done boys. We are the nation who bundle with love & respect to all cricketers of any nation. That's why Darren (WI) wish to us win the WC. Now we are the champions of T20, most probably we will win 2015WC. Cheers guys!!!!

  • on April 10, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Well done Chandimal. You are the real hero. You would have to make the press conference since you are the official captain.

  • RanjithSuriyakula on April 10, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    My Respect to Late Tony Grieg who would be happy more than any Sri Lankan at this moment. We are the Champions in T20.

  • rk_ks on April 10, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    @Srikumar Narayan: All of a sudden SL has become the greatest cricketing nation, most loved sports team in the universe. But in the first against the NZ match, SL is not a good a team, and all SL fans started bashing them. OMG.

  • Htc-Android on April 10, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Dhoni did the right thing by sending yuvraj at no.4. Yuvraj is best the No.4 batsman indias T20 team. We cant say he is out of form either because he scored 70 odd runs in the group match against Aussies.I cant believe how these Indian fans blaming Yuvraj for this, Even Kohli and Dhoni struggled to score runs at the death. I dont know whats the shame on admitting the fact that they were outplayed by Sri lankan bowlers.

  • on April 10, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    I don't know how many of you would agree but a fair amount of credit should be given to our Bowling coach, Chaminda Vaas. We won the match against NZ purely with the master-class bowling attack. And in the finals, who can forget those Wide Yorkers that bamboozled those Indian power hitters? Dhoni must have walked in thinking he is going to make 20 to 25 runs in those final overs but he could only score 4 runs out of the 10 balls he faced. Great show boys.You made those hero's in the past look like zero's this year. Well, finally the Monkey is off from our backs and we are looking forward to regain the ODI World Cup in 2015... There is a slight chance that Sanga and Mahela may announce their retirements from ODI Cricket prior to the WC 2015 so we could win that Cup for those retiring Legends....

  • Aus_guy on April 9, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    to Amar_bw : seems to me in this year 2014, SL beat India 3 times, at Asia Cup , Warm-up match at WC and WC finale. Also during last 2,1 overs SL could score another 30 to 40 runs, so India even set target 170, SL has the fire power to hunt down that target the way they batted last few overs.

  • on April 9, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    CHANDIMAL is something very special. Last year he refused to play in IPL. Now he gave away his place & captaincy to other guys to win the World Cup. TRUE HERO.

  • Tokai69 on April 9, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Congratulations SL from Dhaka ...

  • SL_Boy on April 9, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Why Indian fans criticize here ... we talk about Sri lanka win here ... common guys give a break

  • on April 9, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. Congratulations from India!

  • on April 9, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    My view is that Yuvraj can't be blamed entirely for the loss. India lost because key bowlers, Mishra and Ashwin, were slammed for 8 an over and 7.56 an over respectively, when the required rate was only 6.5. Yes Yuvraj scored 11 of 21 balls at 52.38, but Rahane used 8 balls for his 3 at 37.5 and DHONI scored 4 of 7 balls at 57.14, that too in the last two overs when teams like West Indies can score as much as 50 runs. And don't forget that although Kohli faced only 8 balls in the last 4 overs, he scored only 7 runs. So the blame of defeat lies with the whole team and sacrificing one individual (Yuvraj) is simply unjust.

    Kazmi,

  • Amar_bw on April 9, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Most people are saying India depended upon Virat Kohli. The truth is Raina, Rohit and Dhoni also contributed in batting while all Indian bowlers were also in excellent form. If it was not Yuvraj's slow batting in the final, India would have easily won. In fact, India was the best team ended up losing only due to one player.

  • Dhushan on April 9, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Thank you team Sri Lanka for uniting our small island nation, & for bringing smiles to our faces, which are beyond doubt, some of the greatest we have smiled. Good luck to you all, all the best for the world cup next year. Cheers

  • sasidharbiet on April 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Congratulations srilanka,new T20 champions.Srilankans are waiting for this moment from a long time

  • punter1973 on April 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    A lovely win by a team that was UNITED, the Sri Lankan team was united and that is why victory was gained whereas India relied only on one person and that failed. Somehow the Lions taught the mighty Indian power house that money cannot buy unity, we won the cup and the planning to bring them down was immaculate. GOD bless the cricketers and the supporters.

  • Htc-Android on April 9, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Thanks to our players for giving us this amazing world cup title. I dint get a chance to enjoy our 1996 world cup win because I was a kid and dint know much about the game. I am glad that I am able enjoy our team winning a world cup. This will do wonders to Sri lankan cricket in the future and We will see more young talents emerging in the country.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    SL is always the most admired side after WI. In defeat and win they conduct themselves with dignity. All this without even being paid normal fees by their board. In India the Board lives out of the players hands. So they pay them beyond what the players merit. World cricket should take a leaf out of SL cricketers for their discipline, dedication and commitment to do their best once they don the national colours! True champions both in success and defeat!!!

  • Manoj_the_Best on April 9, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @ Ali Chaudhary : Check the past records mate. SL have won many Test matches in England and ODI matches than India... Just check the records... We know that ur heart broken but face the truth bro...

  • FlatTrakBully on April 9, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Its nice to see this, but i feel rain saved SL in Semis. Luck is what required for victory. Happy for Sanga and Mahe.

  • Machu.mac on April 9, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Congratulation to All SRI LANKAN Fans from INDIAN FANS....you deserved to be Winner because INDIA is just depending on VIRAT KOHLI only....

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Well done TEAM Sri Lanka. You guys have great work ethics, you are honest and sincere . When you beat us in the Asia cup, there were no bad feeling, only disappointments for my team. Now you the T20 World Champion and I salute you.

  • Ali_Chaudhary on April 9, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Hold on! It´s just a T20 Hit and Giggle game. If they really are a good team then beat England in upcomig series. This is the problem with our ppl. Just after a one meaningless victory they carry ppl on thier heads. Stop doing this please. Let them first at least draw a match in England.

  • dsuperguy on April 9, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Hearty Congratulations to champs SL from the West Indies. I love & support the WI.... but this year I just felt the T20 cup wud go to SL or NZ. And it did..... rejoice SL its your turn.

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka and The superb Sri Lankan Cricket team for this great achievement from all of us from the brotherly country,Pakistan.Well done lads.What a performance.

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Sri Lankan players so much more humble. True gentlemen.

  • vish57 on April 9, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    SL deserves to be world champions, a true cricket country; if India is proud of Tendulkar and Dravid, SL can be proud of Jayawardane and Sangakara, two gentlemen cricketers of this era. As a cricket fan we salute you. Well done SL.

  • mirandola on April 9, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Chandimal is the real hero of this victory. Respect.

  • on April 9, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Just starting of Proud Winning Sri Lankans. This is the time for celebrate cricket heroes.

  • on April 9, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    If you noticed most Indian players didn't remove the cap when taking the medals whereas all Srilankan players humbly removed theirs. What a difference!

  • Prabs_M on April 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Lankans are the deserved winner, as they are the only team which beat India consistently in the recent past ( Asia cup, Warm-up $ the final). It's not a fluke.

  • ravindumal on April 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Great win by Sri Lankans. None of Sri Lankan batsman or bowler in top 8 who scored most runs or taken most wickets in the tournament. But they are the champions. This is very clear; it's purely a team effort. Hugely disappointing I could not be with you to celebrate @ Galle face. I'm working in Gulf. Thanks Andrew you always bringing us back to the party.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on April 9, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    I was nine when Sri Lanka defeated Indians in semi final at Kolkata in 1996 and then won the World Cup when Aravinda De Silva played one of the best knocks ever in One Day cricket.I watched it live then .Life has come full circle for Sri Lankans since then by winning World T20 on Sunday.Congratulations from an Indian fan ..

  • Herath-UK on April 9, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    The team which brought such honour & fame to the country truly deserves the adulation & welcome given to them. Sri Lanka have the best one day unit in the world without a doubt.

  • vallavarayar on April 9, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well done SL. Though the overly patriotic buzz is off putting, still their achieve.sent deserves applause.

  • on April 9, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Congratulations to all Fans. They have been playing good cricket for 2 months and hard work has paid off. Awesome performance and a nice welcome given by people of SL.

  • rafilafir on April 9, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    THANKS BANGLADHESH for the well organized event you hosted! We made it in Lahore in 1996 and the same feeling is experienced once more coming after a long time. The joy ride in the bus is the result of hard labour and persistence over a decade. Well done guys ! and hats off to INDIA too for reaching finals. Some remarkable gestures in the game, especially by Virat Kholi will go a long way to Cricket. in Finally it was the "CLASH BETWEEN TWO CRICKETING TITANS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN" where one had to succeed the other to carry the trophy.

  • on April 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    This was a great performance from the Sri Lanka Team to get the cup for their countrymen. But I also want to mention that lets not forget the stupendous work done by the country of Bangladesh for hosting back to back huge tournaments, Asia Cup and then the World Cup. In spite of their team not doing well they showed a lot of appreciation. Hats off to the every person, be it someone from BCB or a fan, who supported and helped organizing this tournament. I felt every team be it associate or Test playing nation enjoyed playing there as they all were cheered and supported. Super Stuff for the game of Cricket.

  • cricket_tragic99 on April 9, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    It's just the T20, the egg and spoon race of world cricket, I am not sure what everyone is getting excited about.

  • on April 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    proud to be a sri lankan... hail lions..!

  • on April 9, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    more trophies to come.. finals jinx is broken..exciting times for the future of sri lanka cricket.. lets hope politics don't ruin it.

  • abdus_sbr on April 9, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Cogratulation to the Team Srilanka. The whole tour of Bangladsh they have performed mervelous. As a fan ( after Bangladesh) of Srilanka I am very much happy. Thanks also to BCCB for well organisation of the tounament.

  • MyNameIsSravan on April 9, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    As an Indian fan, felt very disappointed to be honest watching the finals. But that was Indian fan in me. When I look back at the game, cricket fan in me appreciated the amazing death bowling by SL. SL truly deserves the won, congratulations Sri Lanka. Enjoy.

  • Rick777 on April 9, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Sport is religion for me. This kind of celebration shows why people need to think again when fighting each other for differences. There was no fighting last night in welcoming our heroes with a bang. All Sri Lankans parties all night to celebrate the world cup winning feat.

    God bless my country.

  • RyjuDilna on April 9, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Great article , hel ye we Srilankans knw how to party :-) ...i ve been one of the biggest critic of Chandi ,but iam shuttered on what he did for the team ,no ego at all he even carried water to the players with a smile ,never showed a dull face thats a real srilankan for you #hatsoff buddy , i hope he will come back with a bang , he is our future and it looks bright ....Happiness is beating India and it

  • CrickFan82 on April 9, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Congrats SL for the win. great win. Not easy to execute those yorkers when dhoni was batting. Malinga was supported by Kulasekara very well. Those last 5 overs in the indian batting innings was the key that shifted momentum to SL. One can argue that yuvi had a bad day, but the lankan bowlers none of them bowled bad balls, including spinners. Not too fussed with Indian team, they did a great job. The senior most player might be Dhoni and yuvraj in this team, so i think they did exceedingly well.

  • on April 9, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I am very happy , lions are heroes and specially very much thank to selectors commit y what i mean they broad players at correct time like Herath, Presanna ,Thissara with relevant to opposition.

    Thank u players, coaches and selectors

  • Maduka43 on April 9, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    As living faraway from motherland more than half of my life in land of there is no knowledge of cricket other than baseball, I'm still feel and smell the joy and harmony that I've missed so much which my Japanese wife never understand.(LoL) Thank you Malinga & co. Welcome back home. Very proud Sri Lankan in Tokyo

  • on April 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Welcoming hour heroes !!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 9, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, I heartily congratulate team SL. They were the better team in the final. Any cricket lover should accept that truth. Sanga and Mahela deserve such a send off for their hard work and dedication to Sri Lankan cricket. I also congratulate my team India for a brilliant tournament. In sport there is always a winner and loser. It was not meant to be India's cup. However, there is always another chance. Win or lose, we Indians always support our team.

  • Ramansilva on April 9, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    If cricket can unite so many people with diverse political views, religious beliefs, ethnic affiliations and bring peace and harmony to my country I would like to play cricket everyday, every minute.

  • anver777 on April 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    A carnival atmosphere in Sri Lanka... may you'll bring more glories to motherland in future !!!! proud to be a "SRI LANKAN" now & forever.....

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Remarkable day in every Sri lankans life!!! Was there in the Galle Face green to show our gratitude to Malinga n boys.. Great to see all the players on the top of the bus waving their hands to crowd with honest smiles on their faces,after a really long day and under the heavy showers. Cheers!!!

  • RoshJ on April 9, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal...sir, you are an unsung hero!! Such selflessness, such a team player..I am so proud of you young man!! Don't worry we know what your talents are and you will sooner than later gain form and show the world what a good cricketer you are...you deserve it!

  • RoshJ on April 9, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Damn..I missed it!!.Very Very proud to be Sri Lankan..Always!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    wow . . . what a night it was. . . thank you guys.sinhala,Tamil,Muslims,Malay,burger, all were under one flag. . . great feeling as a sri Lankan. .

  • on April 9, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    I was soo lucky to have glimpse of the open bus top parade... There were tens of thousands of people gathered with SL flags in the roads gathered just to see our heroes passing by... I didn't know that there are this much people living in Colombo...

  • on April 9, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    They deserve . Salute to Mahela & Sangakara for playing the most responsible inning of their last T20 match. Congratulation & wish happy life.

  • kovinbuddi on April 9, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    A very nice report of what happened here yesterday.We are so happy and proud of our Cricket Team who showed lot of good character.The Captain who ever it was did not behave like a "I know all" but worked together with seniors like Mahela and Sanga to see they win the match.Malinga was superb person.You can here while playing they call each other Ayya, malli that is Elder Brother, younger brother.That is how the team was , just like one family.You can see the pressure imposed by Cricket Board before they go to contest.They did not have their contracts signed.Sri Lanka Cricket Team is really Great.

  • on April 9, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    These are our national heroes. Whether we win or lose we ALWAYS welcome them back home in style. And hey, there ain't no party like a Sri Lankan party!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Heroes :)

  • on April 9, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    good job guys best wishes to kumar and mahela best in worlds

  • Last_Knight on April 9, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Proud to see this tiny nations holding two world cups. Proud to being a Sri Lankan

  • on April 9, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Andrew I may say that u ar the best writter in cricinfo.....

  • VinothSam on April 9, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Yes, It all happened here in Sri Lanka. Most memorable week of my life. It was a winning festival yesterday. We are the World Champions. Hip hip hooray!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Good to see the support shown by the Sri Lankan Public. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, you both will always be missed.

  • Charindra on April 9, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    I was there!!! Never seen anything like it. There were Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and Malays. United at least for a few hours in the name of cricket. Beautiful :)

  • thusio on April 9, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    indian team neutralize by srilanken brain trust ,malinger's comment is correct it's not a luck , luck always with kohli most of matchers he got second life.

  • on April 9, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    If I was in SL It wouldn't have mattered if my job was on the line, I would've been there. This is a monumental achievement for our little island and our players. Jaya wewa!

  • s.g.a. on April 9, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    This is the prize for game of cricket. Specially Always smiling & sports loving people in srilanka. also very good diciplinary team of the world cricket. srilanka team always respect spirit of the game. never be angry on & off the field. That' s why we love so much our cricketers. they are the great ambassoders in world cricket.

  • on April 9, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    Such an amazing occation one should not miss out..,I remember 1996 even though i was very young. salute to our cricketing heroes for bringing in the cup. salute to our war heroes for bringing in such peace in this country and thats why we are enjoying freely.

  • vihnga_De_cptan on April 9, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    We were looking for this moment since many many years.four icc world cup finals.But now our cricketers got what they need,what Sl fans need.This is an unforgetable moment for sl cricket.Thank to all of you.ENJOY THE MOMENT....GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA.

  • on April 9, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    thank you sri lanka

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    great team and great players.

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    And let me clean the drop of tear just came to my eye. Cheers!!!!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on April 8, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Congratulations on winning world cup after 14 years! There are lot of concerns than celebrations... Lanka still need Sangakara and Mahela to captain and perform when youngsters are passengers. Not a single lanka youngster shined in the t20 tournament and this is not a good sign for a lucky t20 winners. Future looks very bleak.

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    great to see lions back in business.

  • on April 8, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    The best teams do not always win, sadly!

  • on April 8, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    congrats srilanka u were better that night

    indian fan

  • KingOwl on April 8, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I miss Colombo. I wish I was there.

  • Tweety20 on April 8, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    It was a great event.I'm so proud of the Lions.Wish I was there too.

  • immi2711 on April 8, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    As a Pakistani....I am envy of SL team and their fans. It is so nice to see this, Maybe oneday, when all the political games are put aside in the ICC and In Pakistan, and maybe if Pakistan can win a world tournament, I hope we get to see this in my country. Hopefully/Maybe before I die.....But for not many hearty congrats to SL and its fans. They played like winners and deserved to be champions.

  • immi2711 on April 8, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    As a Pakistani....I am envy of SL team and their fans. It is so nice to see this, Maybe oneday, when all the political games are put aside in the ICC and In Pakistan, and maybe if Pakistan can win a world tournament, I hope we get to see this in my country. Hopefully/Maybe before I die.....But for not many hearty congrats to SL and its fans. They played like winners and deserved to be champions.

  • Tweety20 on April 8, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    It was a great event.I'm so proud of the Lions.Wish I was there too.

  • KingOwl on April 8, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I miss Colombo. I wish I was there.

  • on April 8, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    congrats srilanka u were better that night

    indian fan

  • on April 8, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    The best teams do not always win, sadly!

  • on April 8, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    great to see lions back in business.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on April 8, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Congratulations on winning world cup after 14 years! There are lot of concerns than celebrations... Lanka still need Sangakara and Mahela to captain and perform when youngsters are passengers. Not a single lanka youngster shined in the t20 tournament and this is not a good sign for a lucky t20 winners. Future looks very bleak.

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    And let me clean the drop of tear just came to my eye. Cheers!!!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    great team and great players.

  • on April 9, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    thank you sri lanka