Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Team takes flight to Mumbai ASAP

COLOMBO: Kumar Sangakkara decided to waste absolutely no time and took the next immediate flight available for Mumbai with his team on Wednesday morning to be in the right atmosphere where Sri Lanka will play their third World Cup final and the second successive one.

The team arrived at Colombo's S Bandarnayake international aiport merely five hours after they finished with the semifinal here, beating New Zealand. The streets of Colombo witnessed stunning sights of celebrations throughout the night as the team packed their bags to leave on the big assignment. The much-fancied Galle Face Road in Colombo, home to the city's best five star hotels, business centres and of course the president's house, is where the locals and foreigners poured in for a night full of music and alcohol.

"For us to be in this position, to host a World Cup and for Sri Lanka to get into a final bodes well for the future of our country. Cricket has always been the panacea that healed all wounds in Sri Lanka. Whenever cricket is played, it seems as if life is back to normal," Sangakkara said after the victory.

For Sri Lanka, it became an emotional moment to be playing such a big match in front of their home crowd. Further, the fact that Muttiah Muralitharan was playing his last international home game, made the evening more eventful.

"It was a bit emotional because it was the last game we were playing in front of our home crowd. The next match is not going to be here. It was a very special moment for us and even more so because it is the last time Murali will ever play an ODI. When the magnitude of that occasion hits you, it kind of overwhelms you," the Lankan skipper said, also praising Murali for his great contribution to Sri Lankan cricket.

"Murali has no ego and he is a great team man. These kind of fairytale endings keep happening to him (also referring to 800th wicket in last Test) because he is a great human being. He has a great heart, is an honest hardworking guy and has no pretenses about him. When he is such a nice guy, good things happen to him."

Sri Lanka are certainly in the right mood and a very good frame of mind coming into the final. Sangakkara had nothing scheduled for his team on Wednesday because the team just wanted to relax and enjoy the India-Pakistan semifinal played at Mohali.


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