Batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa stated that Sri Lanka would like to shake off their tag of underdogs. According to him, SL has done enough to prove them worthy of T20 World Cup. In the post-match conference after defeating India, SL stood with their chin up.
Rajapaksa hit an unbeaten 25. He said,
“We were underdogs from the time that we came to the UAE. We all know how Pakistan and India are on their day.”
“So we had less pressure and all we wanted to was prove a point to the world, especially to our nation because with all the crisis happening back home this is the only thing with which we could bring smile to their faces.”
Having won against Afghanistan, Pakistan will meet Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final.
In 1996, Sri Lanka lifted the 50-over World Cup. They moreover won the 2014 T-20 WC. Despite the socio-political turmoil in the country, SL won many games this year.
“After the statements that we have made, I don’t think we could be called underdogs any more.”
Rajapaksa further said,
“I think so far we have done it quite well and we have really good chance of clinching the World Cup.”
Bhanuka Rajapaksa acknowledges the team backing, behind the win
Mahela Jayawardene, the former SL skipper hugely praised after defeating India. Mahela tweeted,
“Great win boys!!! Attitude was brilliant. Never gave up… keep it going.”
Rajapaksa further added,
“No matter what state we come to UAE, the end goal is to win the trophy, we want to clinch the title. So I think we are pretty confident as a team. Everyone is clicking.”
Another former captain, Kumar Sangakkara, praised “never say die attitude” and “sparkling talent and ability of SL.”
Rajapaksa clarified that trusting their settled squad of Sri Lankan players worked for them. He, however, had come to help in confidence building.
“From captain’s view, and selectors and coaches, they have been backing the players and it’s a very good sign.”