It came after the winning runs had been hit, after the fireworks had been detonated, after the entire Sri Lanka team had piled onto the field to form a giant huddle, each man indistinguishable from the whole. It came after the laps of honour on the shoulders of their team-mates, after the rushed television interviews, after they had hugged every colleague, shaken the hand of every dignitary, consoled every Indian on the field.

After all that, the most important embrace of all. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara grasped each other’s shoulders and pressed their foreheads together, like children making a pact for life. They had done it, they two.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said a jubilant Sangakkara, the man of the match. “Waited five finals. We are very humbled by this. My family and playing for Sri Lanka are the two most important things that happened to me in my life. Everyone’s got to go, and my time is now.”

And then he was gone, he and Mahela; one arm around the shoulder and one around the trophy. Their smiles told of a happiness that nobody can buy: not just a deep satisfaction, but the long-awaited fulfilment of a solemn and lasting promise.


your mod is not crying, that’s just water i spilled on the keyboard

Batting fiasco triggers new #Yuvraj jokes and memes

Yuvraj Singh had one bad day at office. And millions of Indians are not ready to forgive or forget soon. The hero of India’s successful World Cup 2011 campaign is now the subject of viral spoofs and acerbic humour.

Some caustic comments were targeted at Royal Challengers Bangalore boss Vijay Mallya as well

Is #Yuvraj Indian cricket’s latest Shakespearean tragic hero? You tell us.

The #IndvSL Title Clash, As Described On Twitter

Cheeky, vitriolic, astute and mostly playful, the Twitterati have their own take on major cricketing affairs. We compile the latest and the best from today’s #IndvSL 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final.

Tweeple react to Yuvraj Singh’s batting debacle

And here are some brickbats:

Sri Lanka wins World T20 final: Here’s how it happened

Well played, Sri Lanka

Tsk, tsk.

Yes, it is!

A lot of us do as well

Legends at the crease

The mood in Sri Lanka

The game’s still on:

India’s story, in two lines:

Malinga Vs Dhoni

Candy Crush. Right Now? Seriously??

Frustration speaks

Do you agree?

Half-way through the Indian batting

Inside the Virat mind of Kohli:

Has #Malinga dropped the World Cup?

In case you thought you got a break from ‘politics’

Someone’s seeking speed. Is #TeamIndia listening?

Talking of Titanic, the Urban Legend

Respect the match referee

Here’s how Ground Zero looks right now. Pray, #India, #SL

Aaargggh! Is it still raining?

Btw, hope you haven’t missed this Google Doodle? The World is watching


Another reason to hate Mondays?!?!

Hang on. Hopefully we’ll still have a good game.

How will Virat react to this? 100, 50 or MC/BC?

Ahem, meanwhile, here’s some gossip. (English cricketer Danielle Wyatt proposes to Virat Kohli in jest on Twitter. Full story:

ROTFL! Waah Guru; Chchaa Gaye!

Back to cricket!

From Sophia Gardens to Schezwan Garden: Ashraful’s Extraordinary Fall From Grace

Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful was marked for greatness. At 17, he became the youngest Test centurion ever. At 21, he slayed an all-star Australian line-up with a delectable hundred at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens. At 23, he was spearheading Bangladesh to more upset wins — notably, the one over South Africa at the 2007 World Cup. Soon, he was leading the national team. But it wasn’t long before his failures started piling up. He lost the captaincy, then his place in the team, and his cricketing career came to a sudden halt after he confessed to throwing a T20 match in the Bangladesh Premier League. 

Now, Ashraful, still only 29, runs a Chinese eatery in Dhaka. Indian Express’ Nihal Koshie tracks him down:

Since shattering the faith of the nation by admitting to being involved in tanking a match when leading Dhaka Gladiators against Chittagong Kings, the original boy-wonder of Bangladesh has found “inner peace”.

On arrival from a tour of Zimbabwe, Ashraful was questioned by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit regarding the February 2, 2013 match, were the Gladiators finished at 88 for 8 in 20 overs chasing 142.

“Initially, for the first one hour of questioning, I denied everything,” he says. “But then a simple thought came to my mind. I knew that I would be banned or stopped from playing cricket. So I thought to myself, ‘Why should I lie and then be banned? I’d rather tell the truth, admit I did wrong and then get banned.’ All over the world, those who have been allegedly involved in fixing have never admitted to being involved. Hansie Cronje is an exception but he also admitted only later. I didn’t want to lie. Bangladesh cricket had given me everything. I am loved by the people, the fans and was popular. I didn’t want to lie and let them down again,” Ashraful says.