Sri Lanka Cricket Quotes

"It was a tough time to bat on. I learnt lot of things from my last four innings. I was under pressure before this innings. I didn’t play that well the reverse (swinging) ball. Because of that, I changed (my batting) a bit, Since we’ve lost five wickets, I couldn’t go for my shots as I usually do. My thinking was to face more balls and get the Aussie bowlers to toil in this heat. Later on I thought of going for few shots when they got tired. It was also a crucial time. We all know the heat here. If we could keep Australia out in the heat here, we can get the advantage when they’re batting"
Dinesh Chandimal [Source]
Submitted by AHM

"I can't say enough about the bloke, I was joking in the dressing room saying he's my all-time sporting hero, he's just gone ahead of [Roger] Federer. He's injured, he's bowling on one leg, he just shows so much guts and fight. For an older guy to show that, it just ignites the fight within the younger group, the example that he sets. "It really makes the coach and the leadership group, it makes their job much easier when you've got a chap like that who goes out there and shows such courage batting, takes on the quicks, and after his nasty incident batting, comes on to bowl and makes a couple of brilliant diving stops of his own bowling. If you've got an old man throwing himself like that then the youngsters don't have any excuse. So to have him in the side is brilliant, and not just for his wonderful skills of bowling - he's once again proved what a brilliant and clever bowler he is"
Graham Ford [Source]
Submitted by AHM

"First, the Galle wicket was handed over to the ICC match referee Chris Broad prior to the game. From that point onwards, the wicket was shorn-off under the supervision of ICC match officials. At the same time at no point did the ball behave in an odd way during the entire game? So how could they come up with allegations which they cannot substantiate? If the match referee saw some different patches on the wicket, he should have taken the matter up on the first-day of the Test and not on the last day of the Test, when Sri Lanka was about to win the match handsomely."
Geoffrey Dabarera (SLC Chief Curator) [Source]
Submitted by James Jesudasan

"In Australia we don't get wickets that do what these wickets do so it's very foreign. You almost have to reinvent your game."
Steve Smith [Source]
Submitted by AHM

"In my opinion, they haven't played to their potential against the Sri Lankan spinners because they're not as bad as what they've shown there (in the first two Tests) It just looks like they've just panicked a little bit and all of a sudden abandoned all their game plans on how to face the Sri Lankan spinners in the face when a bit of pressure has been put on."
Jason Gillespie [Source]
Submitted by AHM

"As a chinaman bowler, Sandakan has impressed everyone with his control. When you have such control, you can be devastating. He can also bowl the googly. Then more than anything, he gets turn. That's the complete package you expect from a spin bowler."
Rangana Herath [Source]
Submitted by LankanPride

"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]
Submitted by Jagath Perera

"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]
Submitted by Ryan