Today, March 17, is a very special day for Sri Lankan cricket. This is because it is exactly 25 years since Sri Lanka won the 1996 World Cup in cricket. Arjuna Ranatunga and his team won the 6th edition of the Wills World Cup, Sri Lanka’s World Cup, which marked the turning point in Sri Lankan cricket in March 1996.
Even England, the birthplace of cricket, failed to win a World Cup at the time. Australia, led by Mark Taylor, scored 242 for seven.
Ball sent by Glenn McGrath to Arjuna Ranatunga recorded that remarkable victory for Sri Lanka that day by sending the Third Man to the boundary through the zone.
So that year, month, and the day will never be forgotten by our hearts. Even after all this time, the value of that significant victory achieved by Arjuna Ranatunga and the Lions has not diminished. Mr. Srivastava said, “I would like to pay tribute to the members of the team who contributed to the victory, to the coaching staff, and the administration at the time, for adding a golden chapter to the history of cricket in Sri Lanka, or to commemorating that great achievement that turned Sri Lankan cricket upside down. We wish the leading executive committee members as well as the staff of Sri Lanka Cricket.