Archive for April, 2014


“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 ?


Who should new England coach Peter Moores pick for Test series against Sri Lanka? Hughes inquires, Bloggers serve up

April 27, 2014

Simon Hughes in The Daily Telegraph


Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower. Moores, who was sacked from the same job in 2009 after less than two years in charge, will join captain Cook in attempting to reinvigorate a side that has limped to the lowest of ebbs this winter. The task in front of the pair is a sizeable one, with a raft of decorated senior players having exited the stage and a winter of dreadful results – including an Ashes whitewash – to put right.

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Eight Lankan Captains assembled in the 1980s

April 27, 2014

pVI Eight Captains

from left facing we see Michael Tissera, C I Gunasekera, Vernon Prins, Sathi Coomaraswamy Ranjan Madugalle, Gamini Goonesena, Anura Tennekoon and Bandula Warnapura


Remembering Neil Chanmugam. Two More Appreciations

April 27, 2014

Mahinda Wijesinghe: “Neil Chanmugam: A Distinguished Cricketer of Yesteryear”

Celebrated alumnus of S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, cricketer, Neil Chanmugam (1940–2014) who passed away on the eve of celebrating his 74th birthday, first made his mark as a fresher in the Royal-Thomian cricket encounter  of  1958. S. Thomas’ having been dismissed for a modest 192 runs was in danger of letting Royal amass a comfortable total but Chanmugam coming on first change dismissed 3 of the top 4 Royal batsmen with his wily off-spinner and restricted the Royalists from running away to a big total, and eventually the match petered out to a tame draw. Neil played for S. Thomas’ College in 1958 & 1959. Read the rest of this entry ?


“DH”! A cricket theoretician without peer. In Memoriam

April 27, 2014

Mahinda Wijesinghe, whose essay has appeared elsewhere with the title “There was never a truer servant of the game” 

Dandeniyage Hemachandra de Silva, universally known simply as ‘DH’, passed away a few days ago in Melbourne, Australia, aged 81 years after a brief illness. His brothers ‘DP’, ‘DS’, & ‘DG’ too were outstanding cricketers. Without fear of contradiction, as a cricket theoretician who assiduously (and honestly) practised what he preached,   I can claim, ‘DH’ has no peer.  At a time when commercialism had not gripped the game of cricket, as it is today, here was a man who dedicated his time, expense – he was not endowed with endless riches either –  and energy, to discover/help budding cricketers. His theory being : “ help a 100 players and you may discover one champion.”  Well he did discover a champion in Daya Sahabandu. The former Royal College left-arm opening bowler later became a champion leg-spinner under the tutelage of ‘DH’, and was a tower of strength for Nomads Cricket Club captained by ‘DH’ . The captain, whilst fielding at leg-gully for instance, used to sometimes indicate to Sahabandu the bowler, with three of his extended fingers which stump to bowl at! It was not fun watching this charade if one was the non-striker. 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 ?


A Dynamic Cricketer, Neil Chanmugam

April 25, 2014


I. “Debonair cricketer Neil Chanmugam is no more” —Lal Gunasekera in The Island, 25 April 2014

Former S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Tamil Union and SSC cricketer Neil Chanmugam is no more. He was 74 at the time of his death. After his retirement from cricket, he took to golf. He passed away on Tuesday (22) and his funeral took place at the General Cemetery Kanatte, yesterday (24), amidst a large gathering of relatives, friends, former cricketers and employees of Maharaja Organisation, where he was Group Director at the time of his retirement. Read the rest of this entry ?