A collective impressive performance by Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga and Pramod Madushan led Sri Lanka to the title with a clinical win of 23 points. This is Sri Lanka’s sixth Asian Cup title — 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2022. After losing their opening game to Afghanistan, Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and then Pakistan again for the Asian Cup to be achieved by 2022.
Several top cricketers from around the world, including former greats from Pakistan, congratulated Sri Lanka on their stunning win in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday night.
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“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. That was the mantra of this great Sri Lankan team, so congratulations… in the end the better team (the trophy) won,” Akram wrote.
Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. That was the mantra of this great Sri Lankan team, so congratulations, the better team won in the end. — Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 11, 2022
Shahid Afridi “appreciated” the way the Sri Lankan cricketers played the whole tournament with a positive attitude.
“Looking at the start of the match, it looked like Pakistan will make the match one-sided, and at the end, Sri Lanka made it one-sided. I have to appreciate that @OfficialSLC played the whole tournament for today’s final, you deserve #AsiaCup2022, congratulations and well played.”
When I looked at the start of the match, it looked like Pakistan was going to make the match one-sided, and at the end Sri Lanka made it one-sided. Has the . appreciate @OfficialSLC played today’s final sp all tournament you deserve it #AsiaCup2022congratulations and well played — Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 11, 2022
Several other Pakistani cricketers praised Sri Lanka for their efforts on Sunday, and Saeed Ajmal also said the islanders were deserved winners. However, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez expressed disappointment at Pakistan’s performance and said this should be a lesson for the squad as they face the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
“Disappointed! not the result we wanted Hard Luck @TheRealPCB guys. Congratulations @OfficialSLC on being champions #AsiaCup2022 Outstanding performance..have shown their Obsession passion and resilience for the title…they played cricket from another level…sparkling performance,” Akmal said.
Hafeez was more critical of the performance, saying: “Team Pakistan must learn from this defeat in #AsiaCup2022. The team’s think tank must make immediate decisions to create the best team for T20 World Cup 2022. @TheRealPCB.”
Sri Lankan luminaries such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene also took to social media to congratulate their side.
“Well thrown to lose guys!! Showed character and passion to play for the country and so proud of everyone? Enjoy the win as the whole country will.. brilliant team effort #AsiaCup2022,” said Jayawardene.
Good throw to lose guys!! Showed character and passion to play for the country and so proud of everyone…enjoy the win as the whole country will…brilliant team effort #AsiaCup2022 — Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) September 11, 2022
while Sangakkara tweeted: “@OfficialSLC @dasunshanaka1 @BhanukaRajapak3 great win and very deserved. Played like a team of true champions. You have continued to inspire as a side.”