Archive for January, 2017

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Recognising Michael Tissera in the Tale of Sri Lankan Cricket

January 30, 2017

Abhishek Mukherjee, 25 March  2016, courtesy of http://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/michael-tissera-the-man-who-gave-his-name-to-west-indies-sri-lanka-test-series-340992

Michael Tissera shares a trophy name with Garry Sobers. Till date, he also remains the only Sri Lankan captain to win a Test on Indian soil, albeit unofficial.

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Michael Tissera © Getty Images
 Michael Hugh Tissera, born March 23, 1939, was one of the architects of Sri Lankan cricket in 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, his international career started late, for Sri Lanka did not get a chance to lock horns with the big guns in official matches till World Cup 1975. His leadership qualities and all-round skills on the field made him stand out among Sri Lankan cricketers of his era. To honour him, the West Indies-Sri Lanka Test series were named Sobers-Tissera Trophy after him and Sir Garry. Abhishek Mukherjee remembers a forgotten man of Sri Lankan cricket.
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The DRS in Cricket and Senaka Weeraratna’s Early Initiatives

January 29, 2017

The authorities in the cricketing world in the 20th century were highly conservative. They delayed the admission of Sri Lanka to the Test field till 1981. They  stubbornly insisted on sustaining the authority of the Umpires within the boundaries and resisted the introduction of new technology in aid of correct decisions.  Even these innovations have been adopted piecemeal (so that, for example, the discussions between DRS Third Umpire and onfield umpires have been open to the public only in recent years).

senaka-udrs Senaka Weeraratna mooted the virtues of DRS (also called UDRS)  early in the day. He has been assiduously pressing a campaign for his role to be recognised and recently initiated a web site devoted to that purpose: Visit http://www.cricketudrs.com/

We are in need of an uncommitted historian to work out the intricacies of this reform process within the ICC and MCC, but I introduce some of the material presented by Senaka Weeraratna as an initial ‘taste’ of the data that can be seen within his web site. Michael Roberts

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Vijaya Malalasekera on His Cricketing Days

January 29, 2017

News Item in Daily News. entitled “My Views on Cricket” … http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/01/27/sports/105868/my-reflections-cricket-vijay-malalasekera

Q: What led you to take up to cricket?

VM: From my boyhood days I had been very interested in cricket since in our neighbourhood we always played cricket as a pastime. My interest grew further as a result of my being taken to watch the Royal-Thomian cricket match from 1952 onwards. I saw Royal being defeated that year but was enamoured by the players who performed for Royal. This interest grew in me and since 1952 I watched every Royal-Thomian upto the time I left for England in 1963. Having seen players like T. Nirmalingam, Michael Wille, Lorensz Pereira, Michael Dias, the brothers Lalith and Nanda Senanayake and the likes of Dan Piachaud, Ronnie Reid, Michael Tissera, Michael Sproule and the likes of the opposing side made me want to play in the Big match. In particular, I remember Nirmalingam’s 69 in 1954 where he was run out for 69 and when the Royal scoreboard read 70 for 1 and the man out was Nirmalingam for 69. It was an innings of sheer brilliance. Ronnie Reid’s 157 in 1956 and his two short innings of 65 in 1957 and Tissera’s 49 in 1954 were all inspiring innings. The Dias-Lalith Senanayake partnership in 1958 against the formidable leg-spinner Larif Idroos were innings to remember. Lalith went on to get 69 and 47 n.o. in 1960 and they were brilliant knocks made in absolute style for a right-hander. They all inspired me to promise myself that one day I will play in the Royal-Thomian as a Royalist.

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Lanka’s T20 Spinners: The Missing Aponso

January 20, 2017

Michael Roberts

Guided by the vague notion that the omission of Vandersay and the choice of Sandakan for the T20 series in South Africa was an error of some magnitude, I went for the statistics on all the leading Sri Lankan spinners in this format. There is a problem here however. The ESPNcricinfo style of statistics distinguish between T20Is and Twenty20. I assumed the former figure was restricted to international games and focused on the whole corpus of games because some players have had limited exposure at the international level.

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The key indicators are (A) Strike Rate ….. (b) Economy Rate…. (C) Average. My survey encompassed Amila Aponso, Sachitra Pathirana, Dilruwan Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Sachitra Senanayake, Milinda Siriwardena, and Jeffrey Vandersay. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Surprises in Sri Lanka’s T20 Squad for South Africa

January 20, 2017

Michael Roberts

As a desultory observer of Sri Lankan cricket from afar in Australia and without any observations of the local cricket scene, the list of players in the Sri Lankan Squad for the short-format games in South Africa was (is) full of surprises. Let me spell out my initial thoughts before proceeding to more considered commentary — albeit in a rambling manner.

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Andrew Fernando on Lanka’s T20 Squad

January 20, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, January 2017 with the title “Sri Lanka pick uncapped Thikshila de Silva for SA T20Is”

Who is Thikshila de Silva?Uncapped batting allrounder Thikshila de Silva has been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the T20 series against South Africa, which starts from January 20. Thikshila is yet to play international cricket in any format; the other new member of the T20 squad is the left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who has played three Tests and an ODI.

sandakan Lakshan Sandakan made a promising start to his Test career last year but has only 16 wickets in 15 domestic T20 games © Associated Press

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Peter Roebuck vs Botham and Richards in the Somerset Bust-Up 1986

January 19, 2017
David Hopps, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Peter Roebuck’s anguish at Somerset in 1986”.. with highlighting emphasis being the work of The Editor Cricketique
Richards and Roebuck at the wicket in a county game. Roebuck reveals he lived in fear of Richards’ temper © Getty Images

The civil war that beset Somerset cricket more than 30 years ago was all the more remarkable because of the unimposing, bespectacled figure at its centre. Peter Roebuck would not have immediately struck a casual observer as a man capable of going to war. An unconventional loner, gauche even with close friends, he did not meld easily with either the old-fashioned administrators in charge of the club or the imposing superstars, Ian Botham, Viv Richards and Joel Garner, who would eventually be expunged from a Somerset dressing room that had fallen on hard times.

 

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