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Great Players, Great Guys

The amiable Sri Lankans turn into fierce gladiators on the field. And the world is still adjusting.

Great Players, Great Guys
Great Players, Great Guys
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IF God played cricket, he would play like Aravinda de Silva," says Zimbabwean captain Alistair Campbell. He's probably right. On the eve of the Singer Cup finals with Australia, de Silva said a prayer, locked himself in his room, took his phone off the hook and went to bed early at 10 pm. The next day—September 7—he smashed his way to 75 runs off 64 balls, the 38th half-century of his career. That took his tally of runs in the Singer series to 334, and took his team to victory. It was a sledgehammer knock, simply unstoppable: no bowler came close to dragging the de Silva name to his list of victims on the World Tel graphic monitor.

With each tournament, the Sri Lankans are getting more accustomed to the idea of winning. Now people have stopped wondering whether their World Cup win was a fluke. The question now is when they, with their gladiatorial style, will be recognised as a team comparable to the greatest ever—Clive Lloyd's eleven. They are a class act and, at the moment, few can match their ability to combine a...

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