Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"In cricket it is foolish to even think of fighting India. You may not like it, but that's the reality."
Sanath Jayasuriya [Source]
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"I can't say enough about the group of players that I've worked with. I'll have the fondest memories. It's a very sad time for me to be leaving them. It's been very, very special for me. I've coached a lot of teams but this group of players stand out as being absolutely fantastic. It's pretty tough as far as that's concerned. I will sit at home for many years to come thinking about the great players and great people who I've worked with in Sri Lanka."
Graham Ford [Source]
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"[Mahela Jayawardene] batted well and concentrated hard despite his injury. It was a chanceless knock and we tried everything to get him. He is such a great batsman that, when he is in full flow, it is difficult to stop him."
Mohammad Akram (Pakistan bowling coach) [Source]
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"With the stitches I had some injections initially yesterday, but I was given some ointment, which is a bit of a painkiller itself plus lots of panadol, which I took roughly at every four hour intervals."
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
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"To win against Sri Lanka, the team I coached for six years, my country of birth, would be great and I am keen on doing well against them. Some of them (players) are very good friends but when I enter the field we are enemies, so I am keen to finish the stint with a win."
Dav Whatmore [Source]
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"This was the first Test I played in 12 months. The last one was against Australia. This year, there are only five or six Tests remaining. I’ve said before that I don’t have a plan for the long term. I have short-term goals about how I should play and how I can contribute to the team. When you get to this stage in your cricketing career, it’s not easy to have long-term targets."
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
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"I hope that I have justified my place in the team. It was quite disappointing at times when I had not gone on to build on my 50s and it was good to [score my second Test century]. Hopefully, I can continue."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"We haven't consistently played [Test cricket of late]. I remember when I came into the side, and until two-three years later, we were playing at least 10-12 Tests a year. That's why I've played so many Tests in my career until now. But, unfortunately, the younger guys haven't had that opportunity, so on a development scale, we need to look at seriously playing a minimum 8-10 Test matches a year. "
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
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"Sri Lanka Cricket is not a profit making institute. We are supposed to develop cricket."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
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"Yes, we fell short by a few runs, but it was very pleasing to see the guys fighting till the end. The effort that Prasanna and Senanayake put, it was unbelievable. They nearly got us through. So very pleased with the way they batted."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"The bowlers may retire very soon on such wickets."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"It's a bit of a change in mentality and technique. Finding new aspects to your game is a very necessary thing to do. What you viewed as risky before - you need to change that attitude and really embrace the change. Technically you have to adjust very slightly, to try and open up those areas to score in. Maybe you have to alter your stance and move around the crease a bit more and find different ways to impart touch or find another way to get power into the ball. There are various ways you can do it, but you can't suddenly open up all areas and score differently, you need to have a solid base and build an innings before you can exploit that new kind of shot-making. As a side we've embraced that philosophy under Graham [Ford], and it's been really good."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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