Originally Posted by Ajfar
^ SL isn't all about Sanga and Jaya. Sure if you take these 2 out they might struggle to some extent against strong teams but even than they are still miles ahead of us. Malinga still has some good years left in him, Mathews is one of the top all rounder in the shorter version, Chandimal is already starting to establish himself in the team, Perera is a handy batsman down the order, they have a world class spinner in the making in Randiv. I don't see SL becoming a weaker team when Sanga and Jaya retire. Sure they might not have the same calibre player to replace these guys but they sure do have more than enough talented players to carry the team forward.
You are making it sound as if we already surpassed the current NZ team and WI. Sure we can beat them but the real question is how often?
Sri Lanka are an over-achieving team. Kinda like NZ, they punch above their weight. They don't have any extraordinary talent (Murali, Malinga are exceptions) and they rely more than anyone on the unorthodox. Even with Sanga and Jaya they've hardly ever won overseas Tests. They will be tough in their own fortress, but once those guys retire, if we can't leapfrog the likes of NZ and SL - the two least talented sides among the top eight, then we should just stick to rice and fish eating as our national sport. In stark contrast there WI are a team that have real talent and just aren't producing the goods consistently. Gayle, Roach, Samuels, Bravo all have serious talent. I'd rate that above the likes of Matthews, Chandimal, et al.