Arjuna Ranatunga burst into the Sri Lankan cricket team as a schoolboy cricketer. Early on, he was earmarked to lead the National cricket team. Eventually he went on to lead Sri Lanka to a World Cup triumph in 1996, proving his leadership credentials.
After quitting cricket, he had a brief stint as the Chairman of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board but had to move on due to various issues. He became a politician and had an enviable record in terms of winning three consecutive terms and turning around the fortunes of the port and petroleum ministries.
On this episode of #InsideOut with WV Raman, he doesn't pull any punches when he talks about the corrupt members in Sri Lankan cricket administration, his propensity to move away from leaders who are not committed to serve the people, and also of the possibility of becoming the President of Sri Lanka sometime in the future.
Ranatunga is convinced that Sri Lanka lacks leadership in both cricket and politics and goes on to say that he can provide the same if people give him the mandate. He is using his spare time now to write his autobiography which is due to be released next year. A successful captain that he was, he also hopes to serve Sri Lankan cricket if required.