For Arjuna Ranatunga, T20 is like Maggi, while Test cricket is mother's home-cooked food

While talking about his World Cup winning squad, the 52-year-old, legendary Sri Lankan became nostalgic. 

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2016, 17:01 PM IST
For Arjuna Ranatunga, T20 is like Maggi, while Test cricket is mother's home-cooked food

New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga in his own style defined the difference between T20 format and Test cricket in an interesting manner on Day 2 at Goafest.

When the 1996 World Cup winning skipper was asked to give his opinion about the slam-bang version of the game he compared it with Maggi. “T20 cricket is like Maggi, quick and unhealthy but something that will fill you up. But test cricket is the food your mother cooks,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying by exchange4media.

While talking about his World Cup winning squad, the 52-year-old, legendary Sri Lankan became nostalgic as he said: “I always wanted to pick 14 cricketers who would give their lives, commitment and dedication to the match and win for the country. We did not pick stars but 14 players who were committed for a cause. I was more concerned about putting my country on the map. We didn’t really care about the money. But I tried hard to keep Aravinda D’ Silva happy all the time. That was critical.”

While answering the question that what were the three things he learned from the historic World Cup win he said, “I learnt to listen to my players. I also tried to give them the respect they deserve as that is the only way you can earn respect. I also tried to encourage them to be self-confident and create their own identities.”