Bhanuka Rajapaksa dedicates the Asia Cup 2022 title to his crisis-hit island nation

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Bhanuka Rajapaksa feels this is to the whole nation; they were waiting for this for so long

Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup-winning legend Bhanuka Rajapaksa, whose heavenly show with the bat played a crucial part in his side’s thrilling Asia Cup triumph, has dedicated the title to his crisis-hit island country.

Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup-winning legend Bhanuka Rajapaksa, whose heavenly show with the bat played a crucial part in his side’s thrilling Asia Cup triumph, has dedicated the title to his crisis-hit island country. 

Sri Lanka crushed Pakistan by 23 runs in the mega event final on Sunday night to secure the Asia Cup crown after 2014, their 6th overall. 

Batting first, Sri Lanka was diminished to 67 for 5, yet made a splendid circle back riding on Rajapaksha (71 off 45 balls) and Wanindu Hasaranga (36 off 21 balls) to reach a competitive 170 for 6.

“We always wanted to show the world – a couple of decades back, we had aggression on our side, and we wanted to create those moments (again) as a unit,”

a beaming Rajapaksa said at the post-match press conference.

“Looking forward, we want to keep up this momentum ahead of the World Cup. With the crisis happening back home, this is a tough time for all the Sri Lankans, but hope we brought some smiles on the faces of our people.” “This is to the whole nation; they were waiting for this for so long,”

a smiling Rajapaksha added.

Sri Lanka secured the truly necessary Asia Cup title in the scenery of the nation’s worst economic crisis combined with political unrest.

“After that first loss, we had a serious discussion,”

Shanaka said.

“We knew we had the talent, but it was about applying those in-game scenarios, and all the players stood up. It’s the environment we created as a team and coaching staff that has paid off,”

he added.

“We knew we had the talent, but it was about applying those in-game scenarios and all the players stood up. It’s the environment we created as a team and coaching staff that has paid off,”

he added.

Shanaka said that the Asia Cup win could be a venturing stone for more noteworthy things to come for Sri Lanka cricket, which is going through a progress stage for quite a while.

“Even two-three years back, the team used to play good cricket, but the winning factor wasn’t there,”

he said.

“This could be the turnaround in our cricket, this lot can continue to play for five-six years, which is a very good sign as well.

“The World Cup qualifiers will also help because it will allow us to play in those conditions before the main tournament happens. It will be a really good (opportunity for us),”

he added.

“It’s not like that. When it comes to India-Pakistan, we know it’s a different game. Our cricketing history is also good, so we didn’t have anything to prove about us being a good team,”

he said.

“The only thing is we weren’t probably ranked high enough, but with this team, we can do better and become that high-ranking team,”

Shanaka signed off with a smile.

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