TEST CRICKET AT 2000 – TRIBUTE QUIZ
In our cricket we display a unique spirit, a spirit enriched by lessons learned from a history spanning over two-and-a-half millennia. In our cricket you see the character of our people, our history, culture and tradition, our laughter, our joy, our tears and regrets. It is rich in emotion and talent. My responsibility as a _________ cricketer is to further enrich this beautiful sport, to add to it and enhance it and to leave a richer legacy for other cricketers to follow.
“I will do that keeping paramount in my mind my __________ identity: play the game hard and fair and be a voice with which __________ can speak proudly and positively to the world. My loyalty will be to the ordinary ____________ fan, their 20 million hearts beating collectively as one to our island rhythm and filled with an undying and ever-loyal love for this our game.
Fans of different races, castes, ethnicities and religions who together celebrate their diversity by uniting for a common national cause. They are my foundation, they are my family. I will play my cricket for them. Their spirit is the true spirit of cricket. With me are all my people. I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly _________.
In the unfilled spaces he says the name of his country. Which terrific cricketer’s words flowed elegantly, leaving his large audience at Lord’s spell-bound for an hour? They eventually honoured his courage, oration and commitment with a standing ovation.