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Once World Champions, now an average team, can Sri Lanka ever become the team they once were under skipper Arjuna Ranatunga?? Srilanka aren’t bad at all right now but they were once so invincible that beating them was a milestone even for a team like Australia. Their success mainly lied in the opening marriage of Sanath Jayasurya and Romesh Kaluwitherana, with their swash buckling and consistently high entertaining innings they made a run rate 8 an over look bad. Their prowess was so commanding that they broke the highest score records in both forms of the game, 398/6 against Kenya and 957 against India, do those totals look like cricket scores? That’s what I’m talking about.
Once again the famous Asian Internal team wars struck and that lead to Arjuna Ranatunga quitting and this was soon followed by Sri Lanka’s main batsman Arvinda Desilva doing the same. Fact is Sri Lanka were a very poor side before this gush of performances and after the great quitting the jolt was so bad that they still haven’t recovered. Jayasurya has added responsibilities now as the current Sri Lankan skipper and the fact is that that affects any player’s performance as we even saw with current cricketing greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly. Jayasurya a man who has the record for the fastest half century and his fastest century is second to only Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi pretty much fizzles out regularly now. Currently Sri Lanka win their share but can no longer be called a real threat to teams such as Australia, India or South Africa this is mainly due to inconsistent performances by Maravan Attapatu, Jayasurya himself, Mahila Jayawardane, the Dravid of Sri Lanka and mostly Vaas. Utpal Petabenge Josheph Warnakulasurya Chaminda Vaas was a tiger under the guidance of captain Ranatunga but now he’s lost pace and sometimes wavers in line and length too. Sri Lanka were once always the favorites in multinational competitions but now seldom are due to their inconsistent performances. In my opinion they’ll take a while before evolving into a team they once were under Ranatunga!!
You'll start your Sri Lanka holiday at the Jetwing Blue in Negombo, where you'll be ... more
staying for one night in a Deluxe room. Next you'll visit the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orpanage, then in the afternoon you'll continue onwards towards Kandy, where you may watch a cultural show. You'll also visit the Temple of the Tooth later in the evening. You'll be staying for two nights at the Cinnamon Citadel in a Superior room. Then, you'll explore a tea plantation and tea factory in Nuwara Eliya, where you'll see how tea is graded and sample the speciality teas. Then you'll carry on travelling towards Yala, where you will stay two nights at the Cinnamon Wild, in a Superior room. The following day, you will enjoy a dawn game drive, evening nature walk and night safari.Breakfast is included at all three of the above hotel stays.Finally you'll transfer to Hikkaduwa, where you'll stay at Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa for seven nights in a Superior room, on an all-inclusive basis. For your full itinerary, please see 'Hotel details'.This offer is available for departures between May and November 2014, and is based on two adults.Flights are included from your selected departure airport to Colombo. 7kg hand luggage and 30kg hold luggage allowance, as well as air conditioned transport with services of an English speaking chauffeur guide on tour (not at disposal during beach stay) but include departure transfer on day of departure.The discount:We advertise this offer at up to 22% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate. An example of our top discount is:On 09/06/2014, leaving from Manchester, two people may book the holiday (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £1,439 per person, per stay, compared to the supplier's online rate of £1,840 per person, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 22%.The discounts, price and availability stated above were c