Shoaib Malik. (Source: Twitter)

Jaffna Stallions lifted the inaugural Lanka Premier League title after beating Galle Gladiators by 53 runs in Hambantota.


Johnson Charles: Always feels so great when you win a championship. The feeling is overwhelming. Glad that we made it over the line, very glad. Wicket-keeping makes you look at the bowlers more closely, that’s one of the perks of keeping, that played a role. Our bowlers, the skills they have, (we were) definitely pleased with the score we got. Everything about the LPL was good. The guys are lovely, the place is lovely, the food is great, have a lot of memories.

Dhananjaya de Silva: We were happy having posted a big score in the final. Malik is an experienced player, he told me what I had to do there. I haven’t got a chance in the last few games, so it was my best chance to perform. We were always happy with the team, winning the final is a pleasure.

Tom Moores: It’s an amazing feeling. It’s a great bunch of lads, it’s a big family. I have learnt a lot about the culture, has been an unbelievable experience. We always had the belief and had the confidence. The results didn’t go our way, but we were always confident. It will be really nice to come back here.

Hemang Badani, Assistant coach of Stallions: It’s been wonderful to be honest. The way the owners and franchise have taken the tournament forward. Commendable job done by everyone. It was challenging to be honest. With COVID, it was difficult to practice. They are great cricketers and young boys. I think there’s talent. In times to come, few of them might play for the national side. I have learned how the game is played in this part of the world. How to bounce back, and other such nuances. I have learnt a lot. If the franchise wants me to come back, I will be happy to be a part of that.

Shoaib Malik, Man of the Match: I really enjoyed the tournament. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you are not, you got to back yourself. The trophy is the biggest thing, that’s a big satisfaction. Happy with the performance. Would like to congratulate the Gladiators who played good cricket. We started off really well, but we struggled a bit in the middle part of the tournament. That happens in such tournaments.

Rajapaksa, Galle Gladiators captain: It’s tough to be on the losing side, but credit goes to the boys to show character. It’s a collective effort from the boys, but credit goes to the Stallions for their performance right throughout the tournament. We can’t blame anyone, we just had a bad day. We could have conceded 20-25 runs less. We fought well after losing three wickets. My injury cost us too. We have had a young side, very fortunate to play with this. We can be proud of what we have achieved. Credit goes to SLC for organising this tournament for us. It’s a very successful event for me.

Thisara Perera, Jaffna Stallions captain: As a captain I’m really happy, the boys did really well. We could maintain the pressure if we put a good score on the board. We all did well, we were together as a family. We tried out few things in the last few games. I would like to thank everyone for given us an opportunity to play cricket in such a difficult situation.


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