ARJUNA RANATUNGA

  • India's World Cup win in 1983 inspired me, says Ranatunga 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga said that India's 1983 Prudential Cup triumph inspired him to take his country to the peak of 50-over cricket. "When I saw Kapil Dev holding the Cup in 1983, I was inspired. I thought, if a team like India, which was...
  • Jos Buttler should have been recalled, says Arjuna Ranatunga June 4, 2014

    Colombo: Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday said Sri Lanka was right to run out England's Jos Buttler, but felt he should have been recalled in the spirit of the game. "We should have got him out and then (Sri Lankan captain) Angelo (Mathews) called him back to play," Ranatunga told...
  • Sanga, Mahela made correct decision to retire: Ranatunga April 10, 2014

    Colombo: It triggered quite a furore in Sri Lankan cricket but the country's first World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has backed Mahela Jayawrdene and Kumar Sangakkara's decision to call it quits from Twenty20 Internationals, saying the duo's timing was correct. Jayawardene and Sangakkara were criticised by Sri Lanka Cricket for not...
  • Arjuna Ranatunga fears for bowlers under new ODI rules November 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga is apprehensive that the repeated changes in the rules of oneday internationals have shifted the advantage so overwhelmingly in favour of the batsmen that very few youngsters in future would opt to be bowlers. "A lot of people say it [new rules] is good...
  • BCCI does what it wants, can't learn from India anymore: Ranatunga October 14, 2013

    New Delhi: There was a time when the budding cricketers of Sri Lanka looked up to India for learning the nuances of the game but former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels this can no longer happen due to the advent of Twenty20. "It's unfortunate that most youngsters only want to play the...
  • Wish Sachin played few more Tests: Ranatunga October 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that Sachin Tendulkar could have continued playing Test cricket for some more time which would have only benefitted the traditional format of the game. "I wished that he (Sachin) could have played Test cricket for a bit more time...
  • Protests continue in TN against SL players in IPL March 28, 2013

    Chennai: Protests in Tamil Nadu against the participation of Sri Lankan players in the Indian Premier League have drawn sharp reactions. Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said that politics is ruining ties between India and Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lankan players should stay away if they're not...
  • Politics ruining cricketing ties: Ranatunga March 27, 2013

    Talking to CNNIBN's EditorinChief, Rajdeep Sardesai, Ranatunga said, "It is a sad day for cricket in general. I personally feel South Indian politicians are drying to make their vote base for the upcoming elections. I think they should not drag sports into their political agenda. It's unfortunate that one area...
  • Players in IPL endorsement of human rights abuse charges: Ranatunga March 27, 2013

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday slammed the decision of the cricket Board and government to allow Sri Lankan players to participate in the IPL as an endorsement of human rights abuse allegations against Sri Lanka. "What most people seem to ignore is that both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi...
  • Ranatunga assures help in reviving cricket in Pakistan March 3, 2013

    Lahore: Four years since the dreaded terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers here, team's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga said that he is willing to help Pakistan in reviving international cricket. "One can understand what the players went through and what they think about playing in Pakistan but I am ready...
  • Test cricket will 'die' after Sachin's retirement: Ranatunga February 22, 2013

    Bangalore: Sri Lanka's World Cupwinning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels Test cricket would "die" if players like Sachin Tendulkar call it quits. "If players like him (Tendulkar) don't play the longer version of the game, Test cricket will die. I pray to God he continues to play Test cricket. I was...
  • Ranatunga may contest for SLC president post February 20, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he will decide by next week whether he will contest for president of the Cricket Board or not. Ranatunga said on Tuesday that he has been approached by former cricketers and some cricket clubs to run for president of the...
  • Ranatunga hails SL's performance at Women's WC February 7, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has applauded the country's women's world cup team, stating that they were an example for their male counterparts. Sri Lankan came up with some giantkilling efforts in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai, where they defeated defending champions England and...
  • Opposing IPL led to Ranatunga's removal April 28, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Cupwinning captain Arjuna Ranatunga's tenure as the head of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) came to be shortlived because of his opposition to IPL, a report here has claimed. Ranatunga was removed "after the BCCI applied pressure on the Sri Lankan government", as quoted by The Island....
  • Sri Lanka chief defends coach Marsh's sacking January 28, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket chief defended the sacking of Australian coach Geoff Marsh and the selection of a new team captain, saying the changes would help usher in a new era of "cricketing excellence." "We will reap the benefits of these changes in the fullness of time," Sri Lanka Cricket president...
  • Ranatunga slams Sri Lanka sacking of Marsh January 27, 2012

    Colombo: Legendary Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday slammed his country's sacking of Australian coach Geoff Marsh as "disgraceful" and "unprofessional." Marsh was this week replaced by South African Graham Ford. The move followed Tillakaratne Dilshan quitting the captaincy on Monday. Former skipper Mahela Jayawardene was brought in to...
  • SL minister orders probe into cricket crisis January 17, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has sought a report from the country's cricket board into the recent debacle of national team against South Africa. The Sports Minister on Tuesday ordered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman Upali Dharmadasa to submit the report on the issues plaguing the national team within...
  • SL selectors must resign: Ranatunga January 16, 2012

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan cricket captainturnedpolitician Arjuna Ranatunga says the current national cricket selection panel should be sacked following the team's poor performance in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Ranatunga also accused the government of interfering with Sri Lankan cricket, resulting in some senior players also making political comments...
  • Baba gave me comfort when I was struggling: Ranatunga April 24, 2011

    Former Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga said he and his family have been following Sathya Sai Baba for 20 years. ...
  • Champions of the World: Arjuna Ranatunga February 6, 2011

    Legendary Sri Lankan batsman Arjuna Ranatunga talks about previous World Cups and the upcoming 2011 World Cup. ...
  • Champions of the World: Arjuna Ranatauga February 4, 2011

    Arjuna Ranatunga talks about Sri Lanka's winning moment in the 1996 World Cup finals against Australia. ...