Archive for August, 2015


India’s First Touring Team in England 1932

August 30, 2015

30. India's first Test Cricket Team touring England, 1932--Imgur Courtesy of Imgur


Rangana Bandara Herath’s Staffordshire Low and Lankan High

August 30, 2015

Scott Oliver, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title reads Herath’s cold summer at Staffs [2009]”

The United Nations is yet to release the definitive figures on this matter, but there cannot be many countries with a higher per capita average of hours spent smiling each day than Sri Lanka. At the risk of ethnic stereotyping, they are a happy bunch. Not Rangana Herath, though, at least not when he’s bowling. At least not when I was fielding to his bowling. If you were to manufacture a range of international-cricketer teddy bears, Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath would surely be the biggest seller. But don’t let those cartoonishly cute and pudgy contours fool you. Herath’s on-field manner is that of a prickly, pernickety upcountry bureaucrat, who, for his own barely acknowledged pleasure, is going to keep you occupied for hours doing something of little consequence. Just business, see.

An unremarkable English league stint in 2009 was hardly an indication of his impending rebirth as an international bowler

HERSTH--PA Photos Herath bowls for Surrey in 2009, after his less than stellar stint with Moddershall earlier that summer © PA Photos

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Lancashire Lift T20 Trophy in England

August 30, 2015

George Dobell, 30 August 2015, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

Lancashire 166 (Davies 47, Prince 43, Afridi 3-14) beat Northamptonshire 153 for 6 (Cobb 44*) by 13 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

There have been many disappointments and much heartbreak along the way, but Lancashire have clinched their first limited-over silverware since 1999 with a 13-run victory over Northamptonshire in the final of the NatWest T20 Blast. Since that 1999 success in the Sunday League, Lancashire have been defeated 15 times in the latter stages (quarter-finals, semi-finals or final) of limited-overs competitions. Five times previously they had reached T20 finals day and twice they had been thwarted in the final. It is no wonder they have earned a reputation as domestic cricket’s version of South Africa.

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AxarPatel gets 4 wkts for no runs in six overs

August 28, 2015

… as India A trounce South Africa at Wayanad …. courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

Wayanad: India-A team’s Axar Patel bats against South Africa-A team during their test match at Krishnagiri Cricket Stadium in Wayanad on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI8_27_2015_000276B)

Patel also scored 69 n. o. in the Indian total of 417 for 8 –– Pic from PTI Wayanad: India-A team’s Axar Patel bats against South Africa-A team during their test match at Krishnagiri Cricket Stadium in Wayanad on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI8_27_2015_000276B)

South Africa A tour of India, 2nd unofficial Test: India A v South Africa A at Wayanad, Aug 25-28, 2015 courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

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Rare Gift for Rare Personality

August 28, 2015

Courtesy of The Island

Vernon Tissera while at work on his Sangakkara portrait which will be presented to the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer in Australia this December. There was a host of accolades presented to Kumar Sangakkara the day, August 24, 2015, the renowned Sri Lanka cricketer bid adieu to the international arena. A piece of remarkable painting shown to Sangakkara that day was in a way a silent ‘payback’ to an innings that gave all Sri Lankans an added prestige.

This art, portraying a momentous cover-drive in the background of an iconic ‘Smiling Sanga’, is to be presented to this legend at a ceremony, end of this year in Melbourne by a remarkable Lankan migrant artist named Vernon Tissera. Read the rest of this entry ?


Sangakkara’s Ecumenical Farewell at the Oval

August 28, 2015

Do take time off to watch and listen to this meaningful moment at the P Sara Stadium or Colombo Oval where Sri Lanka’s first Test Match had been played in the 1980s. It was serendipitous that the other cricket team surrounding the moment, so to speak, was from India. Sri Lanka had been peopled way back in the first millennium BC (if not earlier) by migrants from the Indian subcontinent. Its foundational culture was of varied Indian origins and its principal religions are rooted in the Indian dispensation…. …. AND …

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Sanga’s FAREWELLS in Many Moments

August 25, 2015
Attachments area:   Preview YouTube video Sangakkara Farewell Speech – Emotional

Sangakkara Farewell Speech – Emotional

Preview YouTube video Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Press Conference

Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Press Conference

Preview YouTube video Kumar Sangakkara Farewell President Request – Hiru Gossip

Kumar Sangakkara Farewell President Request – Hiru Gossip

President offers Sanga UK HC post

President  Maithripala Sirisena hands over a memento to Kumar  Sangakkara. Looking on is Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Picture by Rukmal Gamage

President Maithripala Sirisena offered the post of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the United Kingdom to retiring cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara.The President made the offer speaking at the farewell ceremony held at the end of the second test match against India in Colombo yesterday. Sangakkara is described as one of the “most polished and prudent of batsmen” in cricket. Along with AB de Villiers, he has dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings over the past decade. On August 12, 2015, Sangakkara was placed at number 5 in the ICC Test rankings. Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, which gained worldwide attention. He was the youngest person and the first active international player to deliver that lecture, which was widely acclaimed by the cricketing community for its outspoken nature. He retired from ODIs on March 18, 2015 against South Africa during the quarter final stage of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. He was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2011 and 2015.

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