Sri Lanka’s only World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has urged the Sri Lankan cricket fans to not to stoop down to the to the level of Indian fans if the results do not go in their favour.
On Sunday, during the 3rd ODI between Sri Lankan fans surprisingly went berserk during the third ODI at Pallekele and started hurling bottles at their players when the team was on the brink of yet another series loss.
It seems that Ranatunga has given the statement after hsi experience in the 1996 World Cup semi-final at Eden Gardens. During that high profile match, Indian crowd present in the stadium lost their cool and started burning puppets in the stadium. Consequently, Sri Lanka was declared as the winner and eventually, Ranatunga’s led Lankan side went on to lift the World Cup.
In the recent interview, Ranatunga said, “Such incidents should not be repeated. Sri Lankans love cricket and they feel sad when we lose a match. We have made lots of sacrifices for cricket and those sacrifices had been made while losing lots of things. Every cricketer in out team are mentally depressed. Therefore, I request our cricket lovers not to behave like Indian spectators. We have a very good history and culture. Such misbehaviour is not accepted in our culture and history,”
He further added, “Sri Lanka cricket is going through the worst period. You can’t blame only the players, they are demoralized. It is the fault of the management.”
Here is the video of Ranatunga addressing the media after the Pallekele incident.