Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"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]
Submitted by Jagath Perera



"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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"It doesn't look great from the outside, someone leaving a job after four months, and I understand from a Sri Lankan point of view that there is disappointment because it was a successful time. I understand there will be that disappointment but as I went back to explain to them on Monday, the opportunity to work with my own team, my own country, and be working from home was an offer I couldn't really refuse. The opportunity to work with your own national team is almost beyond your wildest dreams. It's a fantastic opportunity and a great time to be involved. There was some disappointment but most people in the room understood the situation. I like to think we finish on reasonably good terms."
Paul Farbrace [Source]
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"[The WT20 win was] a rounded team effort, where a lot of input has come from various quarters and the success cannot be hijacked by three or four individuals. Now that they won a trophy finally, there are vibrations and even some players tend to think that they are indispensable. But, remember we had come to the post and were not able to cross it in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. That hurt us and as administrators we too put in a lot of thought on how to cross the barrier."
Nishantha Ranatunga [Source]
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"Even though only four or five players are now playing in the squad who I played with, I still watch for their results on the internet. My heart is with Lancashire, and it always will be because they gave me the opportunity first. I played with them for longer than any other county. I played with Kent once and with Gloucestershire for two years in T20. I got offers from other clubs, but I thought Lancashire was a big club and Dav Whatmore was the coach. He was my Sri Lanka coach before I arrived at Lancashire."
Muttiah Muralitharan [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"When the skills of our cricket team increase we are in a position to charge more for sponsorships and telecast rights. So this World Cup win is a very good opportunity to increase SLC's income."
Nuski Mohamed (SLC Treasurer) [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"I've got over it (the disappointment of World T20). When we left home for Bangladesh, we wanted to defend our title but we could not control the weather. From the semi-final, god was smiling on Mahela (Jayawardene) and (Kumar) Sangakkara. Though I won't say my prediction came true, it was nice to see Sri Lanka win the tournament. It was disappointing we were not in the final but ultimately cricket was the winner."
Darren Sammy [Source]
Submitted by Ryan



"At a time when the Big Three are dominating the sport off the field, it was heartening to see one of the Small Seven triumph on it."
Lawrence Booth [Source]
Submitted by Ryan