Through the lean times, and there have been plenty away from home in the last three years, MS Dhoni has always stressed on the process as opposed to result. In 2011 and ’12, transition was the name of the game. With a younger generation now at the forefront, the new buzzword is patience. For fans, it’s wearing thin.
The most recent Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was also the last time Pakistan took to the field in cricket's longest format, six months ago in the United Arab Emirates. On that occasion a tightly fought three-match series ended in a 1-1 draw, which Pakistan snatched in the final match, at Sharjah, by chasing down 302 for the loss of five wickets in just 57.3 overs.
For 17 years, Mahela Jayawardene has been the fulcrum of Sri Lanka's batting. Sri Lanka's Little Master was a thorn in the flesh of any bowling attack.
It’s been debated ever since he retired in 1948, but who is the best batsman since Don Bradman last played?
When Sri Lanka bowler Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler by 'Mankading' him in Tuesday's decisive one-day international at Edgbaston, it was another example of a 'Spirit of the Game' issue which is terribly hard to define.
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