World T20: Best of the rest outplay ‘Big Three’

Published: April 7, 2014
Sri Lankan cricketers pose with the tournament trophy after victory over India in the ICC World Twenty20 final. PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lankan cricketers pose with the tournament trophy after victory over India in the ICC World Twenty20 final. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: The ‘Big Three’ of the cricketing world failed to impress in the ICC WorldTwenty20 as their ‘lesser’ rivals outplayed them in style at Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Sunday.

While India made it to the final, the two other members of the ‘privileged club’ couldn’t move past the group stage of the tournament, with England losing to minnows Holland and Australia losing all but one of its matches.

On Sunday, a spirited Sri Lanka outmaneuvered India in the final to clinch the WorldTwenty20 title. Kumar Sangakkara knocked an unbeaten 35-ball 52 in his last T20 of his career with six boundaries and a six to turn the tables on MS Dhoni’s men.

The victory gave Lasith Malinga’s side their first world title in 18 years since winning the World Cup (50 overs) crown in 1996.

“It’s been a long time coming, we’ve waited five finals,” said Sangakkara, who was captain in the 2009 WorldTwenty20 and 2011 World Cup.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • India
    Apr 7, 2014 - 3:34AM

    This newspaper express tribune is turning out to be a propaganda newspaper lately..with this kind of reporting newspaper is damaging reputation of itselfRecommend

  • water bottle
    Apr 7, 2014 - 4:32AM

    Thank god India lost the game. Thank god for listening to my prayers.

    The title should be:

    “The best of the rest outplayed the worst of the best.”

    Unless India reaches rock bottom with few more losses, the corruption, nepotism, favoritism, regionalism, cronyism, match-fixing, bullying, greed, authoritarianism won’t stop.

    Indian cricket fans are so blinded by the glitter and glamor of cricket that they refuse to see the filth underlying.

    The rule of extremist Indians is as long as the team is winning, let any sort of corruption (of physical or intellectual nature) continue.

    This is why it is very important that India keeps losing, like the Asia cup, for a long time until it hits the rock bottom, only then it can have some real soul searching.

    I pray to god for two things, for the sake of honest cricket lovers of India: 1) India keeps losing, 2) Media keeps exposing the rot that’s degrading this corrupt industry called BCCI.


  • Karan
    Apr 7, 2014 - 4:32AM

    sri lanka is our brother nation. It will be the 4th member of our group. So, actually Big 4 have won the cup :p


  • am
    Apr 7, 2014 - 6:06AM

    This is the right time when Pakistan should ban big 3 from icc and Pakistan (the alround champion of the world) should take rein of the icc in his hand also shift IPL to Pakistan without any further delay.


  • FAZ
    Apr 7, 2014 - 6:09AM

    Nice title ET


  • Prakash
    Apr 7, 2014 - 6:22AM

    As WI players said God was generous to SL and gave Jayvardane & Sanghkarra a befitting farewell. SL from beginning was right on the target by winning the toss and opting to chase which was forte of Indians and then Yuvraj Singh who was supposed to gain his form suddenly choked although SL bowling should also be given credit for that.


  • Nikki
    Apr 7, 2014 - 6:58AM

    Conratulation Srilanka. You desrved becuase all players played excellent.


  • Kayyum
    Apr 7, 2014 - 8:31AM

    Big 3 is not what you guys are thinking. It’s obvious, we spend more, our markets are much much much larger then Pakistan’s/Bangladesh’s. And our share of return must also be more then them because, well, we contribute more? It has nothing to do with player’s performance or team’s overall rankings. This is common sense, If you give 1000 bucks in a committee, while every poor, unstable nation pays just 50-50 bucks, then you do expect the committee to give you special privileges then those poor nations. Pakistan must stop this bushiness of always crying foul and playing the victim card, not only in cricket, but everywhere.


  • Logan
    Apr 7, 2014 - 9:10AM

    @ET…watz up wit the title..for a nation with bigger hearts…u guys r surely dripping wit jealousy….grow up.!!


    Apr 7, 2014 - 9:27AM

    First time I agree with ET’s article title ……..Lolz


  • Apr 7, 2014 - 9:42AM

    @India: Thank you neighbor. But ET is more popular than all the other English newspapers put together. Have a nice day.

    The match was hotly contested between the two sides. Sri Lanka’s technique, composure, and strategy paid off and Lasith Malinga is a well chosen captain. Nevertheless, it will be sad to see Sangakkara and Jayawardene say goodbye but then life goes on. For our team, the less said the better. Salams


  • water bottle
    Apr 7, 2014 - 10:03AM


    Is Srilanka your brother just like Bangladesh is Pakistan’s?

    Ask a Srilankan and he will tell you how much Srilanka resents India for years of bullying by us?


  • Aki
    Apr 7, 2014 - 10:05AM

    @water bottle: Look at your team first unable to qualify for semi, every other tournament new captain new coach like a joke biggest bowling side joke it is, talking about corruption AMIR, SALMAN BUTT, ASIF are examples.


  • Pin2
    Apr 7, 2014 - 1:55PM

    Nice headline for the Article ET..

    I like the way you scribes think

    If India losses: Biggest of the Big 3 thrashed.
    If India Win: Biggest of the big three bought their way into another trophy.

    Let me introduce to nice little word that you may never have met before.

    Dear ET, meet Rationality. I hope you become good friends.


  • sam
    Apr 10, 2014 - 1:10AM

    Its cricket my friend not nuclear arms race
    So open your eyes n please get out of d egg shell


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