Suranga Lakmal offered free taxi ride in Sri Lanka

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Suranga Lakmal’s superb bowling figures in India is being keenly followed by a taxi driver in Sri Lanka.
Incidentally, his name is also Suranga Lakmal. (Full name: Manimeldure Suranga Niroshan Lakmal).
“I am proud to be also known as Suranga Lakmal and all my other taxi driver-colleagues tease me…”, Taxi driver Lakmal speaking exclusively over telephone from his taxi (he was carrying a passenger from airport to the city), said.
“Yes, I follow cricket and take much more interest in the game when Suranga is playing in the final eleven. He was simply superb on the first day and I could not miss being informed about the wickets he was taking and dismissing India’s top order batsmen”.
The taxi driver worked for Leo Tours, a travel agency company in Sri Lanka.
“He was working with us but to develop his own business in tourism he has resigned”, the owner (Ranil Witharana) confirmed.
“Like many other Sri lankan guys, he is also a cricket-fan”, he added.
“The cricketer Suranga has never been in my taxi but yes, will be pleased to host him if his car goes to garage for some repairs or service”, the taxi driver added.
“I shall chat on cricket with him”.
“Of course, he is our national hero and will not charge him the fare”, he signed off.