Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"When we used to train we got fast bowlers to bowl at least one and half hours on each day twice a week. If there were any bowler who could not last that distance he would be identified very early. I can't remember fast bowlers like Vaas and Pramodya getting injured like the current crop of fast bowlers do. Nowadays foreigners get fast bowlers to bowl 18–24 balls a day during training. That would not be the case under a local coach in the calibre of Vaas and we would not have had so many casualties."
Arjuna Ranatunga [Source]
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"Murali is a great son of Sri Lanka and he doesn't have to defend himself. He love his country. He is free to consult or coach anyone."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"Was very disappointed to hear about SLC comments on Murali. I was in the same boat few months ago."
Mahela Jayawardena [Source]
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"Sri Lankan people have done a lot for me, and I think I have done a lot for them as well. Along with a friend I've opened the Foundation of Goodness, where every year we help 50,000 families. We built 1000 houses after the tsunami. Cricket-wise, through the foundation, we made about 30-40 wickets in the Northern and Eastern provinces. We hold an annual reconciliation tournament. We do more than what Sri Lanka Cricket does, with our own funds."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"We're very disappointed because Murali is a player the board spent a lot of effort saving. We saved him three times. From a professional standpoint, there is no problem with him working with the Australian team. But the issue here is an ethical one. We've named the trophy the Murali-Warne Trophy. And I remember once when we went to Kandy with Murali, he was on a truck and there was so much support for him that it took four hours for him to get home. Kandy is his hometown, and he's now had to coach an opposition team at Pallekele. Regardless of professionalism, we're very hurt by this."
Thilanga Sumathipala [Source]
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"Charith has accused [me] and told the media that I have cut the grass on the pitch to help Australia's spin bowlers to take the wickets in the three-day game. That's a lie."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
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"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]
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"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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