Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"It's important to back these guys and give them confidence. Once they lose confidence, it's very tough to rebuild it."
Aravinda de Silva [Source]
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"When I bowl it is a problem. When I don't bowl it is also a problem. I don't really care about what others say. I'll do what my gut says in the middle. I'm the captain. I need to take decisions. Whatever I feel is best I will do to after talking with senior players. I'm not bothered about what other people say. Opening bowling is something I have always done from 2009, especially in these conditions, where the pitches have a lot of grass. Even Champaka (Ramanayake – Bowling Coach) and Coach Graham Ford says to bowl early since I swing and seam a lot more. Especially guys like Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep are better off with the semi-new ball as they have better control."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"I have been part of many defeats, but as a captain it is certainly the worst defeat."
Angelo Mathews [Source]
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"I have been asked if I'd consider a career in coaching. I might at some point. I like talking batting with different players. I enjoy working with batsmen. I'm not sure whether I will make a good coach at the moment but I am definitely open to it."
Kumar Sangakkara [Source]
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"I had played under a lot of captains like Sanath (Jayasuriya), Mahela (Jayawardene), Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara), (Tillakaratne) Dilshan, Hashan (Tillakeratne) and Angelo (Mathews) and gained experience from them. That experience helped me a lot coupled with the little bit I had captaining Moors SC to the Premier league title."
Rangana Herath [Source]
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"But I am proud that it is players that I brought into the team at the time who are winning matches now. About six or seven of the players today are cricketers who I'd given a chance to. At the time it was a problem for me, because people asked me why I was giving young players so many opportunities. But today, we should look at players like Dinesh Chandimal."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
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"There actually wasn't anyone who was willing to be captain. Everyone resigned after the 2011 World Cup. In England a ball hit my hand and I broke my finger, and the former captains were asked to lead, and they said no. After that only when it was talked about that someone like Sanath Jayasuriya or Thilina Kandamby be made captain that someone presented himself to be captain. But I guess there's no point talking about those past things anymore."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
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"To be honest I could easily play for another year or two. But we have to look to the future. If I play for another two years and leave, there's only 18 months before the next World Cup and that's unfair to the team. A young player could be blooded in that time. Since I started opening six years ago, we haven't found a permanent partner for me. I've opened with about 10 people - so that's a problematic area for us. If I keep playing we won't be able to get two batsmen settled in that place. I'll be able to get some rest."
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Source]
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