Skipper Dilshan: ‘This one is for the people of Sri Lanka’

2011-12-30 00:00

A HAPPY Tillakaratne Dilshan described yesterday’s Test win against South Africa as one of the best in the country’s cricketing history.

“We achieved something great here today. We backed ourselves and said that if we play our own brand of cricket we can beat the best teams in the world and we just turned over one of the top three teams.

“This one is for the people of Sri Lanka,” said the Sri Lanka captain. He added that the team had extra motivation to win the game.

After the first Test former Protea captain Kepler Wessels described the Sri Lankan team as one in dire straits who could not even beat South Africa A.

“When we heard that the senior players got together and told the guys that we now have an opportunity to prove ourselves.

“And the whole team came together. So from the Sri Lankan team we thank Wessels.”

Although the team are celebrating tonight, Dilshan said that the hard work would start tomorrow and that the team would not be underestimating the Proteas.

“The Proteas are hurting, and we must be wary of them. But again, if we play our normal brand of cricket we will have a good chance now of winning the series,” he smiled.

He praised the senior players in the side and singled out younger players like Chanaka Welegedara and Dinesh Chandimal, who have shown that the team does have the talent to compete well against the likes of Australia and England.

“This was a good team effort,” emphasised Dilshan.

“The whole team can feel proud of this, and I am happy to have my first Test win as captain.”

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