Disappointed? Not really! That is the beauty of supporting Sri Lanka. We knew they were the underdogs, yet the whole world pinned their hopes on them because they love them and believed they were the only team that could beat the Aussies.
In the end it was not the Aussies that beat us, nor was it a convincing win as they try to make everyone believe. It was the rain and the only gentleman in the Aussie team, Adam Gilchrist. His knock was truly magnificent, considering that no other Aussie batsman was able to score 40 runs. In contrast, we had two batsmen in Sanath and Kumar who scored half centuries and their partnership was taking the match away from the Aussies, when signs of rain forced them into more urgency at greater risk, which led to their ultimate demise.
Looking back, when our score was around 110 for 1 wicket, after more than 20 overs had been bowled, the scoreboard indicated that we were just above the D/L rate and had the match stopped then, we would have been the winners.
But God thought differently. He knew that the Sri Lankans would be content with second place and dreaded what it would have been like if the Aussies had lost, as he would have had to send all His Angels down under to save that nation from self destruction.
So, let us congratulate Australia. After all, they were the favourites with a much better record throughout the tournament, and let us be proud of our lads who ended worthy runners-up, not without a fight and a few anxious moments created in the Aussie camp. We can also be proud of the fact that most of the world appreciated the way our team performed on and off the field, and supported us in our final battle with the `Goliath` of cricket.
And as for all our Aussie friends, let us show them by example how to be victorious even in defeat. We shall meet again soon and tables can certainly turn. The rubbish that the likes of Ian Chappell keeps harping about that there is no team to challenge the Aussie supremacy as they have been unbeaten in 29 matches since 1999, is to say the least `Kangaroo Dun`. Those stats refer only to World Cup matches, and we don`t need to remind them of the stuffing the English gave them in their own backyard and the hammerings at the hands of the Kiwis, earlier this year.
Humble yourselves Aussies, you are the holders of the World Cup and the whole world likes to share the joy of any nation that is so privileged?