Archive for June, 2014


Ramachandra Guha waxes elqoent on four great Sri Lankan batsmen

June 29, 2014

RAMACHANDRA GUHARamachandra Guha, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo where the title is “Four Sri Lankan Masters

In 40 years of watching international cricket, one of the absolute highlights remains an innings I saw by the stocky Sri Lankan Duleep Mendis. It was played at Delhi‘s Feroz Shah Kotla ground in the first week of November 1975. Sri Lanka, who had not yet been awarded Test status, were touring India, and playing the North Zone in preparation for the unofficial “Tests” to follow.

DULEEP hookingMendis’ father was a cricket fan, and named his son after KS Duleepsinhji, nephew of the immortal Ranji. Duleep, who – like his uncle – played for Cambridge University, Sussex, and England, was an artist with the bat, using skill and timing to great effect. His Sri Lankan namesake, however, relied more on brute power. On this day at the Kotla he took apart an outstanding attack, which included India’s new-ball pair, Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath, and the great slow-left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi. Also bowling for North Zone was Rajinder Goel, a left-armer almost in the Bedi league, who would have played many Tests himself had his career not overlapped with the sardar’s. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chris Adams revels in Sri Lanka’s historic win

June 26, 2014

Andy Wilson, in The Guardain, 25 June 2014, with the titleChris Adams has no mixed feelings as he hails Sri Lanka’s famous win”

There were no mixed feelings for Chris Adams as he celebrated his involvement in a famous Sri Lanka victory against an England team coached by his old Sussex friend Peter Moores. Adams and Sri Lanka also had the last laugh on England and Paul Farbrace, who was lured from their coaching set-up to work with Moores weeks before the series, shortly after being involved in their World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh.

Chris Adams was an advisor to the Sri Lanka team for the summer tour of England Chris Adams,  who was consutltant to Sri Lanka for the tour of England and has been a former Surrey cricket manager Pix by Gareth Copley / Getty Images

“It’s been an incredible two Tests, hasn’t it?” said Adams, who had been looking for a fresh opportunity in the game since being dismissed by Surrey last summer. “I had a feeling England would dig in and do everything they could, so all credit to them and especially Moeen – that was a sensational first Test century for him, but I’ve really enjoyed my time with Sri Lanka. They are a great set of lads, very talented and absolutely delighted with the history they’ve made today.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Oddities in Cricket – that sturdy trier from Chilaw & that rotund bloke from Kurunagala. Sri Lanka is a Special Place

June 26, 2014

Jarrod Kimber, at ESPNcricinfo, where the title was “The Pearl and the Bank Clerk” ….  with apologies for the liberties taken in my switch in terminology

Sri Lanka’s GDP ranking in 2013 was 112, the UK were 21. They have a very small population compared to the other subcontinent cricket nations. Transparency International ranks them as the 91st least-corrupt nation on earth. They have only one really big modern city. Their cricket is mismanaged by selfish inept politicians. The team is signed off by the government. They don’t always pay their cricketers.

But this year they have beaten the world. And now they’ve beaten England with men who have lost their houses in tsunamis, been shot at by terrorists, competition winners and a tubby man who works at a bank.

Sri Lanka is a special place. Read the rest of this entry ?


Angelo Mathews’ Comments in Review

June 26, 2014

Courtesy of Espncricinfo

  • On bowling Eranga in the final over: “I tried my best to rotate the bowlers, and when Anderson was on strike, I actually thought he faced Rangana Herath pretty well. He faced about six or seven overs of spin. We couldn’t get him out. I thought one last burst – one over left – and I gave it to Eranga, thinking he could bowl some fast, short ones at his body. That’s the way we got him out in the first innings as well. Fortunately for us Eranga bowled that brilliant ball to dismiss Anderson.”
  • On Prasad’s inclusion: “In England we needed someone who could bowl 85mph, because when the wickets get flat the seamers can’t do much, except for the guys who have a bit of extra pace. That’s why we played Prasad in this Test match and he responded brilliantly.”


ANGELO M batting -Getty Angelo Mathews 160 run century in the second innings was not only a performance for all time, but also was one of the turning points in a pulsating topsy-turvy match – Pic by Getty Images Read the rest of this entry ?


Eranga bowling, Herath catching, Anderson OUT — the winning moment

June 26, 2014


anderson out

SL CELEBRATE --getty the final moments at Headingly — Pix by Getty Images Read the rest of this entry ?


Shaminda Eranga’s Hard Yards: an example to us all

June 22, 2014

Andrew Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 21 June 2014, where the title is Eranga leads Sri Lanka’s survivors”

CRICKET-UAE-PAK-SRIThe Sri Lankan community in Leeds is small and scattered. Only a smattering turned out at a sold-out Headingley on Saturday. It is partly because the Sri Lanka fans abroad are yet to develop a taste for days out at a Test, much like the hordes at home. Maybe there are more pragmatic reasons as well. This Sri Lanka team, with this bowling attack, will inevitably spend long, tortuous days in the field. Many times, there are modest rewards for the team, and their supporters.

On social media, Sri Lanka fans likened most of the day’s play to watching plants grow, but that is exactly what the team is doing too. This is a green pace attack, on their first trip to England. There is a little bit about each bowler that suggests they could be a force in Test cricket in the future. But for now, Sri Lanka is tending shoots, hoping the opposition do not trample on them too heavily. The pitches at home are about as lively for seamers as Colombo morgue. In recent years, good fast bowlers have lined up at the hospital as well, with long-term, career-threatening injuries. Read the rest of this entry ?


Nimal, Lanka’s cricketing stalwart, dies in tragic accident

June 22, 2014

Rex Clementine: “SLC baggage master PD Nimal dies in accident,” in The Island, 18 June 2014


Last year as Kumar Sangakkara unleashed a new array of strokes, that were never seen from him before, during the first ODI against Proteas at the R. Premadasa Stadium, it came to light that the star batsman had been working with coach Graham Ford on paddle sweeping and reverse sweeping off medium pacemen. That day Sanga hammered a career best 169. Sanga and Ford got all the accolades for pulling off some sensational results, but the man who spent many hours seasoning Sanga’s bat for those strokes to win the admiration of all fans remained unknown for many.

On Tuesday, P. D. Nimal was killed after an accident and Sri Lankan cricketers have been mourning his death with unbearable sorrow. Nimal wasn’t just someone who seasoned players’ bats. He was the Jack of all trade and master of all of them too.  In Indian cinema, there’s no role that was impossible for Kamal Hasan and similarly no role was impossible for Nimal in Sri Lankan cricket. Read the rest of this entry ?


Masai Cricketers assault England!

June 22, 2014

Padraig Colman, September 3, 2013

Michael Roberts how do you like this?
Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team ‘The Shed’ during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in London, UK. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters
Photo: Tepele Francis Siranga Naimando of the Maasai cricket warriors team from Kenya catches a ball before a cricket match against English team 'The Shed' during the Last Man Stands cricket tournament at Dulwich sports ground in London, UK. Photograph: Philip Brown/Reuters

Murali is teaching Aussie Spinners how to carrom and doosra … plus more… now in Lanka

June 18, 2014

Brydon Coverdale,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 17 June 2914, where title is “Muralitharan joins Australia coaching staff”



Australia have made a dramatic move in their attempts to improve their spin credentials in Asian conditions, hiring Muttiah Muralitharan as a coaching consultant for this year’s Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. And while Muralitharan has no intention of turning Nathan Lyon into a master of the doosra, he is already helping Lyon add a carrom ball to his arsenal..

The two men have been working together in Sri Lanka this week and Muralitharan said he was confident Lyon would be ready to deliver the carrom ball to Pakistan’s batsmen in the Test series in October. But the appointment of Muralitharan for the short-term role is not only about helping Lyon but also equipping Australia’s batsmen to face Saeed Ajmal and the Pakistan spinners. Read the rest of this entry ?


So near and yet so far — for England

June 18, 2014

ENGLAND CHAGRIN Pic by Ian Kington for AFP

Rex Clementine in the Island, 18 June 2014

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews praised his tail-enders for the remarkable guts and fight showcased in the dying moments of the Lord’s Test to save the game. With new ball in hand, James Anderson and Stuart Broad were creating havoc and amidst all the drama, last man Nuwan Pradeep saw off the final five deliveries to help his side earn a hard fought draw.

In the first innings, Pradeep had been intimidated by some well-directed short pitched deliveries and he was out hit wicket after being struck on the shoulder by a vicious Chris Jordan bouncer. So when he walked in to face the music with still five deliveries left in the game, many wondered how he would fare. “When Herath was out, all Pradeep said to me was, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to hold on. If they bowl short at me I’m just going to leave it.’ That was very encouraging from the tail-ender. I actually thought he did that exact thing,” Mathews said after Sri Lanka’s great escape. Read the rest of this entry ?