This is hilarious. Sanga and Mahela very discretely trying to explain what the Sri Lankans were chirping at Joe Root during the 2nd Eng vs SL test match at Leeds, which Sri Lanka went on to win. Randomest video Ellen Degeneres gets namedropped, probably.
Highlights (i’m mostly paraphrasing for anyone who doesn’t understand sinhalese)
'I don't really want to mention some of the words exchanged on that day in front of this audience. (laughs) I mean you might think the stuff we talk about on the field is properly planned out, but not really. sometimes we'll be talking about what we're gonna have for dinner, (cue mahela finding this hilarious) our plans for the evening, when we're going home, what did we do yesterday etc. Sometimes there are points in the game where that's all you talk about. Still when you're playing an opposition at certain instances harsh words are exchanged.'
'words involving one's mother and father and ancestry did get exchanged a lot. It's been directed at us and we've directed such words at others. So I think such instances aren't very good, but sometimes it helps to fire up/jumpstart the game. Joe Root I think said such things not just to Angelo Mathews but also to us, and it's stuff you don't forget, not for another 10 years. So they're words we'll be keeping in mind for a while, and you get reminded of it when you win. Not saying it's a good thing. But it's the reality of it.'
'i can say this. it's hard to repeat what joe root told angelo mathews. But as for what we told him…So when he was batting on the 4th day…They hadn't said much to the seniors but had directed words at our younger lads. The lads were talking about how we needed to chirp a bit at him (…) Chandimal was going off like a parrot. A friend had sent me something about how Joe Root and Ellen Degeneres look similar. So on the field I mentioned this to a few of the guys on the last day, and first of all, it became an issue because the young guys kept on asking me who Ellen was. I googled and showed them and after that they kept on calling him 'ellen, ellen' on the field and then his face got red, because i guess he was used to people in the UK making this joke at him, and after a while he got out. But well, we did joke around and chirp at a few of the others, and sometimes we weren't really able to get them out.'