Long overseas tours always have multiple underlying narratives that capture the imagination of the casual cricket fan. The rekindling of old rivalries and the possibility of new ones emerging; records on the cusp of being broken; the last chance for old hands to make a statement, and the first opportunity for a rookie to establish himself among the elite; seldom is cricket just about the final scorecard.
Weeks have passed since Sri Lanka became World Champions for the second time in the history, when our cricketing heroes led by Lasith Malinga brought home the ICC World T20 trophy from Bangladesh. The winning echoes from the night of April 6th are still reverberating in the minds of the people from this tiny island. Cricket that unified this strife-filled nation 18 years ago embraced the World Cup under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga.
Fourteen days after Sri Lanka were crowned world T20 champions; only their second world title in cricketing history, I find my self staring at my laptop screen, finally having wrapped my head around the fact that we are indeed world champions.
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Cricket doesn’t accord too many of its practitioners fairytale endings. On Sunday (April 6) night in Mirpur, however, two of Sri Lanka’s favourite sons, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, bid Twenty20 International cricket farewell in the best way possible, holding the world trophy aloft.
Kusal Janith Perera, Sri Lanka’s most exciting revelation spoke to ThePapare.com on his life and his road towards choosing cricket as his career.
ThePapare.com was privileged to have the opportunity of having a chat with Sri Lanka’s ace-spinner Rangana Herath. The veteran spinner who has over 200 scalps in test cricket enlightened us about his beginnings and his views on his career and Sri Lanka cricket.
A Chartered Chemist by profession, Dr. Ajith Perera is a qualified training instructor and a former test-match-panel Cricket Umpire. He sat down for an exclusive with ThePapare about his life experiences, cricketing know-how and much more.
In a quest of bringing our readers the stories of living legends, ThePapare.com managed to speak with former Sri Lanka cricket captain and Stalwart, Duleep Mendis to ask about his experience as an international cricketer.