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Hit for six by spectacular Sri Lanka

October 17, 2014

Ian Botham: “Hit for six by spectacular Sri Lanka …” SEE AND at

BOTHAMS --REX PICS   Pic from Rex Features 

Quotable Quotes from Ian Botham:It’s incredibly child-friendly – as child-friendly as destinations like Spain or the Caribbean. We wanted to show the grandchildren that life isn’t easy, that terrible things happen but you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry on.

The Sri Lankans are the best example of this – they’re always smiling and there’s no bitterness about the unfair hand they’ve been dealt, with the civil war and tsunami. They are the reason my wife Kath and I keep returning.” ALL THE BEST --KEEP SMILING



“BLACK CUNTS” !! A Racial Outburst from Lehmann becomes a lesson for all time

April 29, 2014

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo


Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has called his racial outburst against Sri Lanka in 2003 “the biggest mistake” of his life, and also offered an insight into how he manages the diverse personalities and egos present within the national team, from Mitchell Johnson to David Warner. Lehmann has returned to work at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane following a long and wildly successful summer with the Test team, and is currently planning for the challenges ahead over the next two years, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and the defence of the Ashes in England a few months later. Read the rest of this entry ?


As Determined as Sporting as Fervent: An Indian Reading of Sri Lanka’s Ardent Cheerleader, Pissu Percy

April 26, 2014

Nihal Koshie in the Indian Express where the title reads “Meet Percy Abeysekera, the indomitable Sri Lankan fan

“For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” This line** was written by Grantland Rice, the American sports writer but has been Percy Abeysekera’s life story over 18 years; ever since he watched Arjuna Ranatunga’s side win the 1996 World Cup title.


Since that glorious night, Percy, the most famous non-playing Sri Lankan at a cricket ground, has suffered heartbreaks at Bridgetown, Lord’s, Wankhede and Colombo as his team lost four of four finals at World Cups – 50 and 20 over cricket. But after his side broke the jinx by beating India in the final of the World T20 on Sunday, Percy had this to say: “Winning is not the only thing, it is everything.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Malinga has last laugh over his local detractors

April 13, 2014

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in The Nation, 13 April 2014

957a0-t20win017gossiplankanews-comFast bowler Lasith Malinga certainly had the last laugh at his detractors, who have been hounding him since he decided to quit Test cricket and concentrate on the other two formats of the game to prolong his international cricket career, when he proudly lifted the second World Cup title won by Sri Lanka in 18 years in the ICC World Twenty20 final at Dhaka on Sunday.Hounded and harrassed by fans and certain sections of the media over his bowling performances and his conduct on and off the field, Malinga, a fast bowling genius of unique talent finally proved a point that given the opportunity he could also captain his country to a World Cup victory, a feat achieved only by Arjuna Ranatunga in 1996 when Sri Lanka won the fifty-over World Cup at Lahore. Read the rest of this entry ?


T20 Victory at Dhaka in Pictures

April 7, 2014

T-20 World Cup Winning Moment Pictorial

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The ICC has been re-designed and redefined

April 7, 2014

ICC redefined


Pin-drop silence to euphoric mayhem: Galle Face Green Colombo on that night after THAT NIGHT

April 7, 2014

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 7 April 2014, where the title is “A night to remember in Colombo”

There were no crowd catches from the thousands at Galle Face green on Sunday night. No wild cheers for a well-struck ball until it was absolutely clear it would cross the rope. As Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera hit the boundaries that lurched Sri Lanka towards an 18-year dream, there was some jubilation, but the masses held something back. They had been burnt too many times. Sri Lanka had played too well in too many tournaments, looked like winners in too many finals, and had still failed to bag the prize.

There was half a second as Thisara advanced to that wide R Ashwin ball when the Indian Ocean breaking on the adjacent beach was heard in perfect silence. Then, on the green and on the street, Colombo’s euphoric mayhem broke out.

Sri Lanka ICC Cricket T20 WCup ReaxFor many, Sunday was the fifth time they had gathered in front of a big screen with their friends, so when glory finally came, they made it five times the party. Not that Sri Lankans need a special occasion to enjoy themselves. Even a friend leaving on a two-week vacation or a cousin landing a part-time job is enough reason to break out the Mendis Special and the baila.

As fans began to move to the papare grooves the band pealed out after the winning runs were hit, all the vital ingredients of the quintessential Sri Lankan party came together, on a massive scale. The old uncles who had drunk too much too early in the day began to strut their stuff. In their own minds they are Michael Jackson on a low-gravity planet, but onlookers feel as if they are watching a wooden plank in an advanced state of rigor mortis having a standing-up seizure.

Scores of savvy young men, only a little tipsy, gathered around the older ones, laughing, mimicking them, taking the piss. The aunties looked on disapprovingly, while the younger ladies who could be pressured to dance did so with their knees locked, in a state of fixed embarrassment. Just before the presentation began, even the ocean joined in, growing suddenly stronger to cast a mist of sea spray upon the scene.

Before the boogieing, the tension of the chase had been eased by humour – another Sri Lankan hallmark. When Thisara Perera came out to bat at No. 6 and scratched around early in his innings, a wise guy cracked a jibe at Sri Lanka’s fluid captaincy situation: “Which idiot sent this idiot out to bat? He hasn’t done a thing all tournament.” He was soon loudly apologising to “all the idiots”. Then, the biggest cheers at the presentation ceremony were reserved for Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh.

Soon the party spilled out onto the main road, as thousands more fans who had watched the match at home drove out, wielding flags, hanging out of cars, screaming their lungs out. Colombo residents routinely complain about how much time they spend stuck in traffic on Galle Road, but on Sunday night, bumper to bumper, pounding the horn, was exactly where everyone wanted to be.

The traffic police, poor misguided souls, initially attempted to maintain some sense of decorum, even pulling over the first motorist to infringe the law with the intention of ticketing him. Seeing this, though, a horde of fans surrounded the car and hooted as loudly as they could. The cop could not hear the driver, who was trying to keep a straight face and failing, anyway. Eventually the official gave up, and let the man drive away scot-free.

Cricket fans in Colombo are overjoyed after Sri Lanka beat India in the final of the World T20, Colombo, April 6, 2014

The opposite of road rage © Associated Press

While the city was going bonkers around them, the policemen wore the only looks of defeat, as double lines were crossed, roundabout rules abandoned and safety standards cast into the sea. There were at least a dozen motorbikes with no fewer than four grown men astride them, at least two of whom waved Sri Lankan flags with enough vigour to power the vehicle via momentum. Pedestrian crossings were beset by large groups of boys, who would ooze on to the street when a car approached and form a dancing road block. Often, the vehicle’s driver and passengers would step out themselves and join the revelry for several minutes, clapping, jerking and high-fiving complete strangers. If there was ever a diametric opposite to road rage, this was it.

Lasith Malinga now joins Arjuna Ranatunga as a world-champion captain. As fans on Twitter quickly noted, there are perhaps no two men in Sri Lankan cricket who disagree so passionately. There is no real comparison between the two victories, of course. This one came against the cricket world’s financial giants perhaps, but there was no precedent to the 1996 triumph, when an unfancied team with a fraction of the resources the others had, ran amok and changed the game while they were at it.

But this was a victory for a new Sri Lanka; for a young breed of men and women in a land more united than it had been for most of their lives. As people of all creeds celebrated together, Tamil victory cries were almost as abundant as Sinhala ones. To have been at the Shere Bangla for the final moments would have been great, but to see Colombo come together and roar to life in wild, unbridled, joy was something else.

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