Did anyone see the post game presentation after the final? I mean its great to sit back and appreciate your team after a loss but at least be humble and gracious in defeat.
Nasir Hussain asked him whether the plan was to attack Pakistan at the top since their bowling at the death is lethal. His reply was that wasn't a concern at all and that his batsmen could easily play out the Pakistani bowlers at the death.
Fair enough thats fine, but then he goes on to say that Sri Lankan bowling attack is the best in the world.. OK fair enough you can sure say that about your team, perhaps they are, and he is entitled to his opinion.
What was most surprising of his interview was the tone, and more importantly, NOT ONCE did he admit to the fact that Pakistan just outplayed them on the day, or did he give Pakistan any credit, nor did he congratulate them once.
I had an unfavorable opinion of Smith, but after the semi defeat, he came forward and admitted that despite his team giving out a good effort, Pakistan just plain and simple out played them and deserved to win. On their day they could beat anyone and South Africa really wasn't lacking in any respect, Pakistan just out played a strong outfit, and he also wished Pakistan the best in the final.
All this came from a very frustrated captain of a team labeled chokers on the back of so many heart crushing defeats. Smith was humble and gracious in defeat.
I would urge you guys to check out the interview on youtube or something, personally I didn't expect this from Sangakarra, not that its the biggest deal in the world, but I was shocked to see this.