Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday lavished praise on young spinner Ajantha Mendis and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya while hailing the cricket team's Asia Cup win in Pakistan.
In a congratulatory message to captain Mahela Jayawardene, Rajapakse lauded the team's performance against India in Sunday night's final in Karachi and retaining the title.
He observed that excellent team spirit, sportsmanship and fighting qualities were the key to their success and to bring glory to the country.
"By winning the Asia Cup for the fourth time you have proved that Sri Lanka remains a formidable force in cricket," Rajapaksa said.
"Your success is an encouragement to all our sportsmen and sportswomen, and I wish you all success in the forthcoming series against India in Sri Lanka, and other important tournaments that lie ahead," he said.
"I also send my special good wishes to young Ajantha Mendis for his magnificent bowling performance and to Sanath Jayasuriya for his continued achievements in batting, both of which helped steer Sri Lanka to this outstanding victory," he added.Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf also congratulated the Sri Lankan team on their achievement and praised the Asian Cricket Coucil for organising an excellent tournament that helped foster goodwill in the region.