Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"I had played under a lot of captains like Sanath (Jayasuriya), Mahela (Jayawardene), Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara), (Tillakaratne) Dilshan, Hashan (Tillakeratne) and Angelo (Mathews) and gained experience from them. That experience helped me a lot coupled with the little bit I had captaining Moors SC to the Premier league title."
Rangana Herath [Source]
Submitted by Jehan



"But I am proud that it is players that I brought into the team at the time who are winning matches now. About six or seven of the players today are cricketers who I'd given a chance to. At the time it was a problem for me, because people asked me why I was giving young players so many opportunities. But today, we should look at players like Dinesh Chandimal."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
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"There actually wasn't anyone who was willing to be captain. Everyone resigned after the 2011 World Cup. In England a ball hit my hand and I broke my finger, and the former captains were asked to lead, and they said no. After that only when it was talked about that someone like Sanath Jayasuriya or Thilina Kandamby be made captain that someone presented himself to be captain. But I guess there's no point talking about those past things anymore."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by LankanPride



"To be honest I could easily play for another year or two. But we have to look to the future. If I play for another two years and leave, there's only 18 months before the next World Cup and that's unfair to the team. A young player could be blooded in that time. Since I started opening six years ago, we haven't found a permanent partner for me. I've opened with about 10 people - so that's a problematic area for us. If I keep playing we won't be able to get two batsmen settled in that place. I'll be able to get some rest."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by LankanPride



"In England (in 2011) a ball hit my hand and I broke my finger, and the former captains were asked to lead, and they said no. After that only when it was talked about that someone like Sanath Jayasuriya or Thilina Kandamby was to be made captain that someone presented himself to be captain. Unfortunately, we had also lost two bowlers. Murali (Muralitharan) had retired. Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis were injured. I didn’t have great resources. Angelo Mathews had a calf injury for a year that stopped him from bowling. That must be because of my misfortune, because after I had stepped down, we went to Australia after a week. In that week, Mathews started bowling. That must be because of Mahela’s (Jayawardene) good fortune. It’s not just the players who didn’t support me, but the coaches as well. In the year I was captain, we had 4 or 5 coaches. We played that year with all those problems. But at the end of that series, I put everything aside. I went to Australia. I scored 500 runs. I became man of the series. It didn’t matter to me who was captain. I wasn’t concerned about who ousted me as captain. I always played for my country. I didn’t worry about those personal things, but I was hurt."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara



"But straight after Kusal Mendis got out, I got out, and then Dhananjaya got out. I thought that was a bit of a turning point. We needed a partnership with Dinesh Chandimal. Either me or Dhananjaya had to set it up for Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana to go out there in the 43rd or 44th over and get those quick runs. It wasn't easy to get quick runs. The boundaries were 80 or 85 yards away. We needed to be scrappy, but unfortunately we were short 20 or 30 runs"
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by AHM



"We did well to track down that total. They've got plenty of options and we played exceptionally well to get the team across the line. We made the call to take on the new ball. I think in the subcontinent that's the way to play. It was nice to help the team get off to a flier"
Aaron Finch [Source]
Submitted by AHM



"It's a hard one to grasp. It has been a really, really tough series"
Steven Smith [Source]
Submitted by AHM