Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"It is unfortunate if someone tampers with the ball and they get the better out of it. It's unfortunate for the opposition. It shouldn't happen and umpires need to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's not within the laws and you can't really tamper the ball. But they did it to try and make the ball reverse swing. It did. There was not as much reverse on Sunday as on the third afternoon, to be honest. With the wind the ball comes in, but the third afternoon it was reversing quite a lot."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"Our plight here is even if we open the gates free, people do not come over to watch the games most of the time. Therefore hosting a cricket match becomes a burden to the administration, because the same basic needs have to be looked into ... In this scenario, to sustain the game of cricket as a corporate sport is a huge challenge."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
Submitted by Che



"I don't think we are that desperate to open with Mahela because his experience in the middle order counts a lot. We need someone like Mahela to try and control the middle order ... Mahela will play at No.4 but in an emergency, he might play as an opener or at No.3. We've got a set batting order and we're not going to meddle with that."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by Hilal



"Sri Lanka is not a verbally aggressive side but we have a policy: If they give something, we’ll return it to them the same way."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"Mathews showed he is a fantastic young man. The way he led us through the tour - through the best of times and some controversy - showed the strength of his character."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"I hope my attack is better than a county attack ... there was a little bit of debate about that, that maybe my attack was not good enough for county cricket but I think we showed we are so I am happy."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera



"Much of the criticism about his inability against South Africa in South Africa, was dispelled for me when he scored a magnificent 108 off only 190 deliveries with 13 fours at Kingsmead in Durban in 2011/2012 when Sri Lanka won their first test on SA soil by 208 runs. It was not easy conditions to bat in, as the wicket was ‘spungy’, but Sanga played brilliantly."
Paul Harris [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"I was so happy for Kumar. He was a man with a purpose. It is a long time since I have seen him leave so many balls outside off stump but he was determined to get that hundred."
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"This is unquestionably one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, but the draw is not to watch him because one wants to but because one ought."
Mike Selvey [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"[Scoring a century at Lord's] is something I've always wanted to do. Coming on this tour, which might be my last Test tour to England, I just wanted to enjoy it. If it happened, it would happen. I just did a bit of preparation, changed a bit in my technique right from the start and I'm pretty happy it worked."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Kasun Kumarasinghe



"We have some experienced bowlers but we don't have that extra pace."
Lahiru Thirimanne [Source]
Submitted by Che



"Accommodating difference and valuing individuality are the most important things in a dressing room. For us, it’s been like that with Lasith (Malinga). He is very different in the way he looks and as a person. There are certain people you might not have dinner with, but that doesn’t take away from the fact they will be valuable players in a national cause, going out trying to win matches. I don’t know the reasons for KP’s exclusion but he’s an amazing player. I’ve watched him, admired him and he is undoubtedly an out-and-out match-winner. Of course, as an opposition player I’m not disappointed he’s not around. We know what damage he could have done to us. To not have him walk in — that presence he has — is a bit of a relief."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
Submitted by Neil Weerasekara