We should be proud of our pioneering Test cricketers

The achievements on the field of international cricket by the players who represented the tiny island of Sri Lanka during the first 25 years – after gaining Full Membership of the ICC in 1981 – is to say the least remarkable, and unmatched by any other Test-playing nation. For instance, it took New Zealand 26 years to win their first Test match, incidentally, Sri Lanka had won 50 Test matches in a like period! India practically dawdled for almost two decades to come out of the woods while South Africa too registered their first win after a lapse of 17 years. Sri Lanka won her first Test 3 years after playing her inaugural Test against England – a game that Sri Lanka nearly won – and then to top it all, 11 years later, won the World Cup in the most convincing manner beating Australia in the finals by 7 wickets.

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