Sri Lanka will full 25 years of their 1996 World Cup win on 17 March, 2021. The erstwhile gamers are celebrating the silver jubilee on the Shangri-La Lodge in Colombo on seventeenth. A Sri Lankan web site ‘Newswire’ has quoted senior journalist Rex Clementine who revealed tales of Arjun Ranatunga in regards to the historic 1996 World Cup.
Clementine mentioned that Ranatunga as soon as mentioned it to him that earlier than the 1996 WC Last in Lahore, the Sri Lankan group bought busy shopping for carpets at a bargained value. When captain Ranatunga bought to find out about it, he bought actually offended. What occurred subsequent, learn Arjun Ranatunga’s personal account to know extra.
The next is an account came about earlier than the beginning of the 1996 WC Last match.
“I awoke a little bit late and as I used to be strolling in for breakfast, Duleep Mendis and Roshan Mahanama joined me. We may see the Australian group; all sporting the identical equipment, seated in the identical desk and having breakfast. I requested the place our chaps are. Roshan knowledgeable me there’s a carpet sale downstairs and all our guys had been there. I shortly went there. The boys had been bargaining on the high of their voices. I used to be offended.
Right here we’re going to play the best sport of our lives and our preparation may very well be higher. However Duleep instructed me one thing fascinating.
He mentioned ‘look, earlier than a giant match like this gamers are normally tensed. However take a look at our guys. They’re relaxed. Don’t put undue strain on them.’ I believed truthful level.
Then, I walked in direction of my teammate and I too began bargaining for carpets.”
(As mentioned to Rex Clementine)
This incident reveals the fascinating relation which Arjun Ranatunga had along with his group. That was Sri Lanka’s most profitable cricket match. Later, they performed two cricket World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011, however misplaced to Australia and India respectively.