The red-letter day of Sri Lankan cricket and Dalmiya’s hand

It was on a day like this (17th March), 23 years ago, Sri Lanka were  crowned World Champions in Lahore beating Australia by seven wickets in the  1996 final. The architects of that stunning win and how an unfancied team  went onto beat India twice in India before overcoming tournament favourites  Australia will be spoken for a long time to come. Clint Eastwood’s movie  Invictus on how South Africa went onto become World Champions in rugby  beating All Blacks in 1995 became a huge hit and if someone tries to put the  Sri Lankan success into film, it will be well received as well.

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