Archive for November, 2017

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The Man behind the Throw that created a Historic Tie: Joe Solomon

November 27, 2017

Brydon Coverdale, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly of ESPN, whose original choice of title runs as The man in the photo”

 He kept his cool to create Test cricket’s most exciting moment. And Joe Solomon, now 86, is still cool.

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Sri Lankan Cricket History: Abstracts of Two Essays by Michael Roberts in 2007 and 2009

November 25, 2017

  FC “Derek” de Saram in full flow CI Gunasekera & Mahes Rodrigo walk out to bat Kehel Yakaa mesmerises

“Landmarks and threads in the cricketing universe of Sri Lanka,” Sport in Society, 2007, 10(1), 120-142 ….

….  Published online: 19 Feb 2007

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Day One at Nagpur Test Match

November 24, 2017

Sidarth Monga at ESPNcricinfo, 24 November 2017, where the title reads “Ashwin, Jadeja hand India advantage on 11-wicket day”

India 11 for 1 trail Sri Lanka 205 (Chandimal 57, Karunaratne 51, Ashwin 4-67, Ishant 3-37, Jadeja 3-56) by 194 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Michael Tissera: Cricket Personified … A Leader To Die For

November 24, 2017

Estelle Vasudevan, courtesy of ThePapare.com, 8 March 2017, where the title is  “Michael Tissera, Cricketing Royalty”

To many of the younger Sri Lankan cricket fans, the name Michael Tissera, though familiar, is probably not one that brings to mind any vivid memories. However, students of the game will know Tissera as one of the pioneers of Sri Lanka cricket, a man whose influence reached well beyond the boundary ropes in the island nation.

The accolades and awards he has won are many and his name will forever be etched in Sri Lankan cricket folklore but as the saying goes ‘he who would search for pearls must dive below.’ And so, in an attempt to do that, the slightly awe-struck bunch of us sat down with the great man himself, in what turned out to be an enriching encounter.

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Forces and Strands in Sri Lanka’s Cricket History

November 24, 2017

Binod Kumar Mishra — reviewing Forces and Strands in Sri Lanka’s Cricket History, by Michael Roberts, Colombo, Social Scientists’Association, 2006, 64 pp., 21 photographs, bibliography, Rs. 300 (paperback), ISBN 9559102826

Cricket brought to Sri Lanka the reputation of, and a genuine recognition as, a nation. The rationale for such an observation is the infamous reputation Sri Lanka has earned due to decade-old ethnic rivalry and insurgency that has threatened the concept of nationhood in the country. The World Cup triumph in1996 and the heroic performances before and after that event have put Sri Lanka prominently not onlyo n the sports map, but also on the political map of the world in a positive sense. But the story of the rise of Sri Lankan cricket is not a normal rags-to-riches story but is filled with events that in some sense correspond to its political history.
Arise Deshamaanya Davenel !!

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Peas in the Same Pod. Kohli blesses Dickwella

November 24, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 24 November 2017, where the title is Kohli pays tribute to Dickwella”

Indian captain Virat Kohli told journalists that young Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella reminded him of himself in early days. Like Kohli used to get under the skin of the opposition as a young player, the 24-year-old Sri Lankan’s tactics of time wasting angered the Indian players, but the captain said that all was fine.

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World Cricket in Chaotic Times: A List of Abandoned Cricket Tours

November 23, 2017

An Item in The Island, 18 October 2017 with the title “Wars, riots and abandoned tours”
article_image A Sri Lankan player boards a Pakistan military helicopter after terrorists opened fire on the team bus during the 2009 tour.

The dramatic announcement on Friday (October 17), that West Indies would be cutting short their tour of India because of a pay dispute, was not the first time a major international cricket series had come to an unexpected end. Here’s a snapshot of several other tours that ended abruptly in unusual circumstances. Read the rest of this entry ?