Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"Obviously you only get an opportunity to play in the IPL based on what you have done for your country. If you do well for your country, then all eyes will be on you. Whatever opportunities I have got is because of what I have done for Sri Lanka. For the younger players as well, if you do well for your country, there will be other things that open up for you. The focus for any player will have to be delivering for his country at the international level. When you do that, the rest follows. "
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"The World Cup is a batting-oriented tournament and most bowling attacks went for over 300 runs in an inning more than once. Yet, the Pakistani bowling coach or the West Indian bowling coach was not sacked."
Chaminda Vaas [Source]
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"Spin bowling is all about taking wickets and spinning the ball. The primary thing for a spinner when he has a ball in his hand is to spin the ball. There is so much talk about variations these days, but variations are secondary. First and foremost you need to get the ball to turn, then have control over it and then develop variations to keep the batsmen guessing. These are the three main aspects of spin bowling. The new breed of spinners need to practice hard and look to get these three things right to become a successful spinner. Spinning the ball is most important, if you don’t spin the ball, you can’t be called a spinner."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"I don’t specifically focus on taking wickets. But if we try to restrict the boundaries then the batsmen want to hit every single ball and they are forced into making a mistake. That is the basic plan all teams have for their bowlers. We want to bowl good balls. "
Lasith Malinga [Source]
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"One of my goals was to play county cricket and I got this opportunity. I’m so lucky to be with Worcestershire. Thilan Samaraweera played some good cricket here and he recommended the county to me. "
Sachithra Senanayake [Source]
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"If we can create a neutral environment for cricketers to play at a level which we think is our (Sri Lanka's) best while retaining club cricket, which is a stepping stone for them to enhance their skills, but to create a platform for them to go beyond that and perform at much competitive levels which will bridge that gap between international and domestic level. Then the transformation of those players to the national level will become much easier. Right now they (young cricketers) are learning while playing for the national team."
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
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"You don't know what you've got until it's about to go, and this was the year in which Sangakkara was finally recognised as one of the all-time greats."
Rob Smyth (Wisden) [Source]
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"There is a certain degree of bend allowed and if you can't spin the ball within that rule, then you simply can't do it. So if they can't bowl that delivery but still try do that, then it's trouble. If you can bowl with a 15 degree bend then it's fine, if you can't, just don't bowl it."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"Retiring from cricket is not about form. I feel that the time is now and it's right. I've tried to give everything I have when I've played the game, the game goes on. You can't hold onto it and people shouldn't be too sentimental. I think a lot better players and greater players have gone, and the game has gone on and there are new players who take the mantle, and in my case it won't be any different."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"An assessment has to be made about whether players are going to be around in four years' time for the next World Cup in England and Wales and if they are not then it is time to blood younger players in their places. It may mean some short-term pain but it would be a long-term gain for Sri Lanka if, in 2019, those players coming in have several years of experience under their belts and are ready for top-level cricket. After all, even allowing for injuries this time around, Sri Lanka cricket cannot again allow itself to have two members of the bowling attack in a knock-out match with just four caps between them."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"Strange to wake-up this morning as a former ODI cricketer, but it’s been a great honour and privilege playing for Sri Lanka during the past 15 years. At the end of the day, I am very fortunate to have enjoyed a long career playing with and against some great players. Thanks for all the encouragement and support over the years."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"I see a tough time for our cricket. Senior players will establish records and go home, but our cricket will struggle. Young players aren’t playing with the freedom that they should enjoy. The selectors and the cricket board should take responsibility for that."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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