The 1996 Cricket World Cup, held in the Indian subcontinent, was a historic moment for Sri Lanka and their captain, Arjuna Ranatunga.
Under Ranatunga’s leadership, the Sri Lankan team defied all odds to defeat Australia in the finals and become the World Cup champions for the first time.
Ranatunga, who was just 27 at the time, had been instrumental in leading his team to the finals. He played a key role in the group stage, scoring vital runs and guiding his team to victories against the likes of England and New Zealand.
In the semifinals, Sri Lanka faced off against a formidable Indian team, but Ranatunga’s leadership and tactical brilliance helped his team secure a victory and advance to the finals.
In the final match against Australia, Sri Lanka was up against the defending champions and one of the strongest teams in the world.
However, under Ranatunga’s captaincy, the Sri Lankan team put up a strong performance and chased down the target of 241 runs to win the match by 7 wickets. Ranatunga himself scored a crucial half-century in the match, and was named the man of the match for his outstanding performance.
Ranatunga’s leadership and determination were crucial in leading Sri Lanka to their first-ever World Cup victory. His calm and composed demeanor on the field, along with his tactical acumen, inspired his team to perform at their best and emerge as the champions of the world.
The 1996 World Cup win was a historic moment for Sri Lanka and for Ranatunga, who became a national hero for his role in bringing the trophy home.