Island Cricket

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Praise for Lanka's stars as Cricinfo reviews 2007

"Right now we see Kumar Sangakkara batting brilliantly. He is such a good player and I'm glad that he is now getting runs consistently and showing what a good batsman he is apart from being a good wicketkeeper. Apart from that he is a great guy; he is a good human being, and I'm glad to see somebody like that performing so well, even though it's pretty late in the year. Says Holding when asked to review the year gone by.

"That's very easy. When you're asked such a question, you always think about recent ones. I was absolutely privileged to be at Kandy, for three things really. It was so good that [Muttiah] Muralitharan broke Shane Warne's world record of highest number of Test wickets there; he now says that he's going to get 800, but when I secretly interviewed him he said that he's going to get a thousand wickets. Nobody will ever get near him. I was there when it happened and it was such a special time because it was in his hometown in Kandy, at a beautiful cricket ground.

The other thing was Sanath Jayasuriya's retirement from Test cricket [after the Kandy Test against England]. I interviewed him at the end of that game; he had a lump in his throat and so did I. And the way that [Kumar] Sangakkara played in Kandy, to become No. 1 Test batsman in the world was magnificent. So it was three hits at Kandy - a triple whammy there, and for me it was outstanding. " Said David Lloyd.

"Well there's no doubt in my mind that Murali's breaking of Warne's record [for the most number of Test wickets] is the moment that I will remember, and I think it will probably be remembered by many others, especially Sri Lankans. There might be a few Australians who'd like to forget about it but that was an incredible achievement. He did it in fewer Tests than Warne, and I suppose because of the controversies surrounding Murali's action and Warne - who was obviously a great bowler - it will remain with me for a long time. He [Murali] is a very special person with a very special record." - Tony Greg.



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