Archive for September, 2017

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Sanga stirs Surrey Cricket Scene 2017

September 24, 2017

Having been presented with his honorary life membership of Surrey CCC, Kumar Sangakkara took to the stage to deliver a rousing speech that will live long in the memory of all present on the evening. Here it is in full:

First of all, with the honorary life membership; I think someone has read my mind. About three days ago I was thinking about whether I should ask for the chance to be a fee paying member at Surrey. When I received honorary life membership at the MCC I thought nothing could top that because that was something that was on my list but this, from Surrey, has actually topped that so thank you very much.

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Sanga at Ease … Family Time

September 24, 2017

Sanga at Sea!

…. not really. Yehali and Kumar relax in an infinity pool

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T20 Cricket: Bowlers more Valuable than Batsmen?

September 23, 2017

Tim Wigmore, ESPNcricinfo, September 2017,  Is bowling more valuable than batting in T20?

 Tom Moody (right): “Generally the most successful teams are the ones that have the ability to bowl their 120 balls most effectively” BCCI

The crash of bat smiting ball: the sound of the six. Go to any T20 match, and you won’t be without it for long. Yet what is bad for bowlers’ figures on the field bodes well for their salaries off the pitch. The reason is one of simple economics. Never have there been more reliable six-hitters in the world. But as run rates have soared, bowlers who can prevent such bedlam unfolding have become scarcer – and so more crucial to T20 teams.

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Wrist-Spinner Breakthroughs: Yadav and Chahal

September 20, 2017

Alagappan Muthu, coutesy of ESPNcricinfo, 19 September 2017, where the title is Kuldeep, Chahal, and cracking the India XI”

Wristspinners are becoming an indispensable part of one-day cricket. They are fun to watch – even on bad days – but on the good ones they have the ability to make the strongest batting line-ups seem like the second XI of a village team at a county fair. While Australia might not have been so terribly undone – the margin of defeat in the series opener was only 26 runs via DLS method – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav might feel like they are at the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

On Sunday, they were playing together for the second time — having done so earlier in the fifth ODI in Sri Lanka. That was the first time a pair of specialist wristspinners bowled in an ODI for India – that’s across 43 years and 922 matches. The statistic is certainly eye-popping but there is another implication to it. That only rarely do teams need more than one of these tricksters. Clearly there’s a debate here, so let’s get into it.

Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates after dismissing Glenn Maxwell Associated Press

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Silva stars in USA’s Win over Canada in Toronto

September 13, 2017

ESPNcricinfo News Item with title Silva sparkles on USA debut in five-wicket win over Canada”

USA 144 for 5 (Silva 38*, Abdullah 32, Pervez 2-41) beat Canada 141 (Wijeratne 29, Silva 4-32, Hutchinson 3-27) by five wickets

Roy Silva produced a superb all-round show on his USA debut, taking 4 for 32 before following it up with an unbeaten 38 off 36 balls to propel the visitors past Canada by five wickets at Maple Leaf CC in the first one-dayer of the three-match Auty Cup series. The result means USA is one win away from reclaiming the Auty Cup for the first time since 1991.

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Ruchira’s Split Second Escape does not suggest a Helmet

September 12, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer, 13 September 2017, with the title Won’t use helmet, I am fit enough to move out of danger area: Ruchira

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge had a “lucky escape” on Wednesday night.The 50-year-old field umpire could survive the serious injury on Wednesday’s only T-20 match between Sri Lanka and India at the R. Premeadasa Stadium. The powerful straight drive shot from Kohli’s bat (off Lasith Malinga, 16th over of India innings) was “nearly a killer”. Thanks to Palliyaguruge, who fell down on the ground an ugly incident was avoided.

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge (C) speaks with Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and coach Ravi Shastri (R) at the R. Premadasa Stadium after rain delayed the start of the Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo on September 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Turbulence in the Boardroom of Sri Lanka Cricket

September 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, September 2017 where the title isSLC looks to get de Silva, Jayawardene on board”

Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Brendon Kuruppu, Graeme Labrooy, perhaps even Mahela Jayawardene – these are the names Sri Lanka Cricket is attempting to align itself with as the board looks to arrest the decline of the national team. Even more crucially for SLC, getting former players with good reputations on board may also help turn around its ailing public reputation. The board is now not only widely believed to be detrimental to the development of cricket, it is also seen as one of the most toxic governing bodies in the country.

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Brian Lara’s Cowdrey Lecture Revealing Reflections

September 5, 2017

George Dobell,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Embarrassed by how West Indies played in the nineties – Lara”

Brian Lara has implored the top sides in world cricket “to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld” and admitted there were times he was “truly embarrassed” by the behaviour of the West Indies side he represented.

  Michael Holding kicks the stumps in anger Getty Images

Lara, delivering the MCC Spirt of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord’s, not only called on batsmen to “walk” but suggested the leading sides had a responsibility to “show the way and lead the way” in which the game is played.And, despite the outstanding record of the West Indies sides of the 1980s and early 1990s, Lara felt they were occasions when the tactics they employed resulted in them “playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Lasith Malinga pondering His Future Ooptions

September 2, 2017

ONE: Sa’adi Thawfeeq,Malinga to take a call on retirement,” Daily News, 2 September 2017

Slinga Malinga said that he will take a call on whether he should continue playing for his country or quit depending on the form he is in.“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is,” said the 34-year-old Malinga.“No matter how experienced I am – if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months.

 Lasith Malinga celebrating his 300th ODI wicket. AFP 

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Generational Mix is Sri Lanka’s Present Problem in Malinga’s View

September 2, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, August 2017, where the title “Malinga laments ‘lost generation’ after another SL loss to India”

Sri Lanka have “lost a generation” of cricketers from the national fold, and cannot afford to do so again. Fresh from having presided over Sri Lanka’s largest ever runs defeat in ODIs, stand-in captain Lasith Malinga delivered the aforementioned grim diagnosis. Malinga’s argument is this: where for most of his career he has played in teams comprising mostly of experienced players, he now finds himself in a side where very few have more than 50 ODIs on their record. Eight of Thursday’s XI, for example, have played 37 ODIs or fewer. Of those, a stunning five have played fewer than 10 ODIs.

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