Quintus de Zylva
Thilanga and Samadara Sumathipala have been the strength behind Sri Lanka’s emergence as a T20 force to be reckoned with. The manner in which they humbled Australia at the MCG and in Geelong must surely have sent shivers up Cricket Australia.
Thilanga and Samadara nursed Lasith back in to a state in which he could believe in himself and provide the backbone to the team for inspiring successes in T20 cricket. His toe-crushing yorkers will be spoken about for many a year to come.
Sri Lanka’s cricketing High Commissioner – Skanda – has also been an inspiration to the team and the country – he was at the helm some years ago when the ICC were impressed by the good governance that Sri Lanka showed in getting things together. And now a new era dawns with his words of encouragement and wisdom at The Grand on Saturday 18th when he spoke of the good times and the hard times that Sri Lanka cricket has been through.
The future looks bright for such a young team and the T20 World Cup must surely be within their grasp.
Samadara is shown here at the felicitation dinner for the cricketers at The Grand .