Lets first talk about how we made Sri Lanka zeros to Heroes and how we made our self heroes to zeros.
1979: Sri Lanka v India
India lost to Sri Lanka by 47 runs
Old Trafford, 16-18 June 1979
Sri Lanka: 238/5 (60 overs, S Wettimuny 67, D Mendis 64, R Dias 50, M Amarnath 3/40)
India: 191 (54.1 overs, D Vengsarkar 36, DS de Silva 3/29, ARM Opatha 3/31)
Sri Lanka gained Test status not long after this tournament, playing their maiden Test against England in 1982. 24 years later, they were to lose to an associate in the World Cup, but we’ll get to that later.
Over the past 24 years, Sri Lanka has become a strong force in the big league and has produced several world-class cricketers.
By 1985, Sri Lanka had recorded its first Test win, against India. Although the victory was marred by murmurs of poor umpiring, with the Indian captain Kapil Dev proclaiming that Sri Lanka will never win a Test away from home, a victory against Pakistan the next year followed by a historic triumph in the Asia Cup with neutral umpires officiating the games silenced the critics.
Australia was the first country to host Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series in 1995 and in the same series Muttiah Muralitharan, was called for throwing seven times by Australian umpire Darrell Hair which stirred a bigger controversy in cricket world.
1996 World Cup – India vs Sri Lanka Semi Final – India had started well and was at 98 for 1 when tragedy struck. Tendulkar was batting on 65 when he danced down the track to one ball too many and the crumbling pitch ensured that he missed it. He was stumped and this triggered a collapse that saw India lose 7 wickets for 21 runs.Azhar had to cop a lot of the blame for his decision to bowl first, but he defended his strategy. A shameful day in the history of Indian cricket and one that rankles the memory to this day.
As of writing this India already won the toss and Dravid decided to bowl first.
Hope that Sri lanka does not repeat this to India in today’s match as it did in 1996 world cup.