Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"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]
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"I am taking a tour at a time and assessing myself. Personally I don’t think I need to prove anything to anyone it’s about me challenging myself and see whether I can keep improving and most importantly contribute to the team"
Mahela Jayawardene [Source]
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"Sri Lanka has become a vital force in world cricket. England supporters may think they are the lesser touring side this summer, because they have been granted only two Tests whereas India play five. But maybe Sri Lanka are making a bigger contribution to the sport’s health and growth than India, given its obsession with the IPL – or England."
Scyld Berry [Source]
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"I must thank Chandika [Hathurusingha] for the dedication and commitment to detail that he put in with the Sydney Thunder last season. He is an excellent coach who has received a tremendous opportunity to take on a role at international level."
Nick Cummins (Sydney Thunder General Manager) [Source]
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"There are very few guys who are able to bowl six yorkers in a row. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is the best at it and even he doesn’t try and do it all the time. He’ll mix it up with a slower ball, maybe a bouncer. Predictability at the back end is very dangerous."
South Africa Head Coach Russell Domingo [Source]
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"The cricketing gods might look down in a bit of disgust."
Alastair Cook [Source]
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"Watching some of the bowlers' actions today, I think I might have created a monster."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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"Sachin is a great player but I didn't have much difficulty against him."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"I guess the Almighty wants them to leave on a high... Probably that's why God put a hand in this match. "
Darren Sammy [Source]
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"Mark Benson used to talk about Aravinda Da Silva when he played for Kent. In early summer Aravinda came in, and they thought he was the worst signing they’d ever made. Then he started churning out hundreds when the sun came out, he said he’d never seen batting like that. It’s really important for cricketers to be able to come to terms with those challenges. It’s not just a case of skills, but it’s mentally being able to adapt. A lot of people talk about mental strength, but it’s more about mental skills and adaptability than anything else. That’s what gets you through the tough times."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"All this unnecessary bickering would only upset Marvan and might put him down psychologically as he might feel that the whole country is not behind him. It would only affect our team performance. This is just a trick by interested parties to sabotage the whole system."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
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"I have played under Mahela ayya, Kumar ayya and Marvan ayya, and what I have learned from playing under these captains for 10-12 years is that a captain must be willing to listen to ideas and suggestions from senior players and new players — that's true leadership."
Lasith Malinga [Source]
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