I love sports, almost all of them. It never bores me, watching any sport. I embrace excitement, joy, thrill, competition, battle, heat and whatever element you come across by engaging or watching a sport. Above all I, as a sports fan, cherish and remember moments of sporting brilliances.

I remember Arjuna Ranatunga’s glide for four to win the Wills Cricket World Cup in 1996 against Australia for Sri Lanka at Gadaffi Staduim, Lahore. I remember Zinedine Zidane’s two headers in 1998 FIFA World Cup Finals against Brazil for France at Stade de France, Paris. I remember Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal with the wrong foot, 30 seconds before the end of the extra time, to win the Rugby World Cup in 2003 against Australia for England at Telstra Stadium, Sydney. I remember Usain Bolt casually jogging the last 10 meters to win the 100 meters final in Olympics in 2008 at Bird’s Nest in Beijing, China.

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Sri Lanka equaled their second best winning streak in Tests, which is 5 Tests in a row, winning 2-0 against a spirited Zimbabwe team who were able to drag the both Tests in to the fifth day, having won 3-0 against Australia.

As I had stated in an earlier article, with the absence of a couple of key batsmen and almost all of the frontline pacers, this would have been an opportunity for evaluating the depth of Sri Lankan Cricket and in terms of that aspect I don’t think that was the case considering only two debutants were handed over Test caps and I think both of them had very valuable outings in terms of exposure and performances. Following are five things I would like to focus on from the series.

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Sri Lankans are about to start their first Test tour to Zimbabwe after not so famous, but quite significant 2004 Test series. This tour, 12 years ago, was a landmark one especially for Muttiah Muralitharan, who surpassed Courtney Walsh as the highest wicket taker in Tests while it was an ill-fated affair for the hosts. The hosts had to field a young team of virtually unknowns as senior players had gone on a strike for a number of disputes with Zimbabwe Cricket and thus had to play under a rookie captain in Tatenda Taibu with a handful of Test matches under his name, who was merely 21 by then.

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When I was 9, in grade 4, there was this Sinhala Day, which is kind of a language day, held annually, in Primary section. There were many competitions among the array of designated events before the main event, such as Essay Writing, Dictation, Reciting Sinhala verses, Kavi, and Singing songs as well as a Drama competition.

So for selecting students there was a mini competition among the classes conducted by the respective class teachers and students were selected upon according to the highest marks obtained and for Singing and Reciting it was her judgment that selected students.

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Sri Padaya, also known as Adam’s Peak or in Sinhalese Samanala Kanda – සමනළ කන්ද; “Butterfly Mountain”, is the fifth highest mountain in Sri Lanka. 2,243 m (7,359 feet) tall conical mountain is a sacred summit for Lankan Buddhists where ascending the mountain is not just a hike for them but a pilgrimage as the sacred footprint of Lord Buddha is placed on a rock on the summit of the mountain and they, Lankan Buddhists, consider hiking the mountain is a must for at least once in a lifetime. Read More

Nobody gave them a chance at the beginning of the series, including myself, to be honest. But at the end of an exciting series, a young team of Sri Lanka created history by dethroning the world no. 1 Test team in Australia, defying all odds. As we all know, this series win has become one of the best, if not the best, in Sri Lanka Cricketing history.

This post is to introduce some awards for the series, which are imaginary at best, according to the way the series panned out.

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Sri Lanka won only their second Test series since August 2014 and six Test series after the win over Pakistan in our own great Mahela Jayawardena’s farewell series, apart from a Test series win over hapless West Indies in October 2015.

Why this series is of that much of significance is that our SL team was in a dessert going on their journey, which is International Cricket, for almost a year or two, finding their way through, without much success and having rough times on and off the field, found an oasis in the form of a series white wash win over world no. 1 Test team in Australia.

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