Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"For me, man-management is No. 1, because the team will trust you more than a coach or anyone else. You need to understand the characters in that team and allow them to showcase what they have got. You don't treat each individual differently because there should be a set of rules to guide all these people. But they should have that little bit of freedom to express themselves and to understand who they are. The only way you know all that is if you interact with them and if you be their friend and not as a captain at the top, giving orders. I have a different way of doing that. That's why I said I'm a bit different to Arjuna. He was more authoritarian, one who wanted things done in a certain way, and we needed that at that time. But I realised I could get the best out of the guys a different way, where I'd be their friend and allow them to make decisions and back those decisions. "
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
Submitted by Ryan

"I always like to use the example of Lasith Malinga. He is a great example of someone, when you were facing him, you knew exactly which ball he was going to bowl at the back end of an innings. Millions of people watching on TV know which ball he was going to bowl. If he executed it brilliantly, like he did most times, there's nothing you can do. Can you execute that particular ball that you're asked to do? Sometimes people ask, "Oh what is that tactic?" Sometimes the tactic and the strategy is not wrong; it's the execution that's wrong and a lot of times people get confused with that. "
Rahul Dravid [Source]
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"There will be good times as well as bad. This is a tough time for me as a captain and for the whole unit but you can't run away from it. I'm pretty sure if we keep improving day-by-day we can come out of this hole."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
Submitted by Ryan

"We were in Wellington in New Zealand and Sri Lanka was practising there. Kumar Sangakkara, despite getting two consecutive centuries in the World Cup, was practising near our nets. We were amazed by his hard work as he batted for nearly an hour. He was an in-form batsman but he still continued to work hard. The result was he went on to hit four consecutive centuries in the World Cup."
Khurram Khan [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera

"I don’t think that century was very satisfying. I don’t think that kind of preparation will do any good ahead of a tough Test series. The oppositions we played were basically second string teams. In our second warm-up game, there were just two fast bowlers and the rest were spinners. I wasn’t too pleased after getting the hundred."
Dimuth Karunaratne [Source]
Submitted by Ryan

"Maybe it's a little alarming that perhaps we don't have the depth that we were hoping that we would have at this stage, in the fast bowling department. That's a project for the future, because there are those injuries around fast bowlers. I did see some exciting Under-19 bowling before we came out here to England. I'm sure there are talented boys and if they're looked after properly, we should have a decent unit of fast bowlers."
Graham Ford [Source]
Submitted by Ryan

"The real feel on our first day of training at Chester-le-Street was 3 degrees celsius. You can't simply take that kind of cold. I remember going out to bat at practice and I couldn't grip the bat. Even after batting for 15 minutes or so, you don't get the feeling that you are holding a bat. They were tough conditions. I can't forget the 163 I scored against India at Galle last year, because that was a special knock and contributed to a win, but I take satisfaction from having batted well in these conditions as well."
Dinesh Chandimal [Source]
Submitted by Gavin

"If you attack any bowler, they will be put on the back foot by that. If you keep leaving the ball, these bowlers are so skilful that there is still a chance of getting out. Rotating the strike is crucial. When we score runs there is a little pressure on them as well. Here, the difference is that the good ball is what you should expect - that is what is normal, because the skills of their bowlers are great. So to counter that, we have to try and bat positively. Even if the correct decision is to leave, you have to commit wholeheartedly to that."
Kaushal Silva [Source]
Submitted by Jagath Perera