Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa has dedicated the Asia Cup trophy to the island nation’s beleaguered people after inspiring his side to an incredible triumph in the tournament, in large part due to his outstanding performance with the bat.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, whose outstanding batting performance helped his nation to an astounding Asia Cup triumph. Has dedicated the trophy to the struggling citizens of the island nation. Sri Lanka overcame Pakistan by 23 runs in the 2014 Asia Cup final on Sunday night to win the competition for the sixth time overall. When Sri Lanka batted first, they were at 67 for 5 when they were immediately brought back to life by Rajapaksha (71 off 45 balls) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21 balls), achieving a solid 170 for 6.
The captain of Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka, who was sat next to Rajapaksha, praised his team for playing admirably despite losing to Afghanistan in their tournament debut.
After that first loss, we had a serious discussion, said Shanaka.
“Despite the fact that we were all aware of it, none of us backed down when it came to exploiting our talent in competitive situations. What was effective was the atmosphere we created as a team and as a coaching staff, he added.
The Sri Lankan skipper addressed his nation’s supporters in a letter after his team won the championship.
As captain, Shanaka stated, “I do everything I can to instill confidence in the guys. More than that is all I can ask. Have faith in our cricket team. There are many negative things happening around. They should enjoy their lives as cricket players and refrain from spreading negativity. They also lead separate lives. Maintaining faith is crucial.
Sri Lankan cricket, which has long been in transition. Was also mentioned by Shanaka. can build on their success at the Asia Cup to achieve greater things.
He asserted that the team used to play terrific cricket even two or three years ago, but winning wasn’t important to them.
This could mark a turning point in our cricket. And the fact that this group can continue to play for another five to six years is also encouraging.
“The World Cup qualifiers will also be useful since they’ll give us a chance to practice playing in those conditions before the big event. We will have a fantastic opportunity,” he concluded.
Their spirits have been raised by the Asia Cup trophy. And Shanaka is confident that the same group will continue to be successful in the future.
That’s not how things work. We are aware that the match between Pakistan and India is unique. The athlete said, “We also had a solid cricketing background, so we didn’t need to prove that we were a good squad.”
The only problem is that we probably weren’t ranked highly enough, Shanaka said with a smile. “With this group, we can perform better and surpass the competition.”
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