Pakistan is hosting a Test series after ten years on its soil, and Sri Lanka is their visitor. The fans, former cricketers, and journalists are excited that the first Test of the series is taking place at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
However, in this excitement, a Pakistani journalist made a press conference blunder after stumps on day two.
The journalists mistook Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella as Dhananjaya de Silva and that too for twice. But Dickwella came with a brilliant response, which left everyone in splits.
The journalist began his first question by saying, “you played well…” to this Dickwella said, “I’m Dickwella actually. I’m not de Silva”. But the reporter probably did not pay attention to what Dickwella said as he made a mistake once again.
“You played well on this pitch and in these conditions. Are you thinking a hundred on this pitch?” the reporter asked.
“You mean me? I am Dickwella, not de Silva,” Dickwella replied with a laugh.
“I got out. I am already out in the pavilion. Maybe in the second innings.” added Dickwella.
Here is the video:
— Rizwan Ali (@joji_39) December 12, 2019
The left-hand batsman then showed his class in thanking Pakistan for their hospitality during the first Test in the country since a militant attack in 2009.
“As everyone has said, no Pakistani has played a Test match in Pakistan, so that was a great opportunity for the Pakistan players. I’m really happy and proud to be here and be in this historic Test match,” Dickwella added further.
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) December 12, 2019
Dickwella has played 33 Tests for Sri Lanka and scored 1738 runs, with 83 being his highest. In ODIs, he has amassed 1571 runs in 52matches with 116 being his best. He also has 21 international fifties and two hundred to his name.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Come for journo's ineptitude. Stay for Dickwella's poise. https://t.co/addwbvdNlv
— cricBC (@cricBC) December 12, 2019
Classic. 😂🤣 https://t.co/XfuRSEfovR
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 13, 2019
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) December 12, 2019