World Twenty20: Sri Lanka Wins India Lost, Mahela Jayawardene dedicated Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 victory to the country’s cricket fans who had suffered through previous near misses during the last decade.
Sri Lanka beat India by six wickets in Dhaka to end a run of four final defeats in global limited-overs tournaments.
Both Jayawardene and middle-order colleague Kumar Sangakkara were part of the Sri Lanka teams beaten in the final of the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and 2009 and 2012 World T20s and, having tasted success at last, will now retire from T20 internationals.
Sri Lanka are the ICC World Twenty 20 champions after a six wicket win over India in Dhaka.
“Finally we’ve managed to end the jinx,” said Jayawardene, who contributed 24 to Sri Lanka’s successful chase of a 131 target.
“This victory is for the fans who have been waiting a long, long time – since the 1996 (World Cup win) – for this. They have supported us through thick and thin.
“There was a lot of emotions today with it being our last T20 game and having been unable to get over that final hurdle.
“We’ve been through and analysed those previous final defeats. It’s tough, hopefully now we can just go and enjoy this victory. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.