Arjuna reveals about funny carpet sale incident ahead of tense 1996 world cup final

March 15, 2021 at 8:28 PM

Senior Sports journalist Rex Clementine has shared an interesting snippet of the 1996 World Cup winning team -led by former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

The 1996 Sri Lanka cricket team is celebrating 25 years of the world cup victory on 17th March, where a Silver Jubilee event has been organized at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.

As per Clementine, the following is Arjuna Ranatunga’s account on the morning of the World Cup final in Lahore, Pakistan.

‘I woke up a little late and as I was walking in for breakfast, Duleep Mendis and Roshan Mahanama joined me. We could see the Australian team; all wearing the same kit, seated in the same table and having breakfast. I asked where are our chaps. Roshan informed me there’s a carpet sale downstairs and all our guys were there. I quickly went there. The boys were bargaining at the top of their voices. I was angry.

Here we are going to play the greatest game of our lives and our preparation could be better. But Duleep told me something interesting.

He said ‘look, before a big match like this players are usually tensed. But look at our guys. They are relaxed. Don’t put undue pressure on them.’ I thought fair point.

Then, I walked towards my teammate and I too started bargaining for carpets.’ (NewsWire)