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Mahela calm, Sammy excited

Mahela Jayawardene

Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene and Darren Sammy, the Sri Lanka and the West Indies captains, respectively, briefly spoke to The Telegraph on Saturday afternoon.

The following are excerpts

JAYAWARDENE

If he’ll actually be sleeping well...

(Laughs) I think I will... At least I’ll try to.

If life will change should Sri Lanka win the World Twenty20...

Depends... Let’s win, then I’ll be able to answer your question.

Sourav Ganguly picking him as the captain who has stood out...

It’s always nice to get compliments, particularly when it’s from your peers... I’m thankful to Sourav, who was himself such a fine captain.

Finally, significance of being in the final...

Means a lot to every Sri Lankan.

 

Darren Sammy

SAMMY

If he’ll actually be sleeping well...

(Grins) Of course.

If life will change should the West Indies win the World Twenty20...

Not just mine, the life of every player in this squad will change... It will be a huge achievement for the entire Caribbean.

Being up against a highly experienced and a highly-rated captain...

It’s not that I’ll be facing the most formidable captain, we’ll be facing the toughest opposition... We’re up against the toughest team.

Finally, significance of being in the final...

It’s the biggest day in our lives.