Archive for February, 2018

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Michael Wille’s Cricketing Journey: Ceylon and Melbourne

February 21, 2018

Michael Wille, courtesy of Island, 11 November 2017, swwhere the title is My cricketing journey, from big dreams to big matches””

I have been asked to write an article about my cricketing journey from Colombo to Melbourne. I have some reservations about how relevant my article will be. However, I trust that it will serve essentially as an insight to the exhilarating schoolboy cricketing era of the 1950s.

I debuted for Royal in ’54 and captained in ’57. A couple of weeks after the Royal-Thomian I migrated to Australia and was the first Sri Lankan to play District (Grade) cricket in Melbourne. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Groundsmen and Tactical Thinkers behind Sri Lanka’s recent Success

February 21, 2018

Rex Clementine, in ISLAND, 21 February 2018, where the title is Mendis was used as opener for tactical reasons – Samaraweera

Sri Lanka’s Batting Coach Tilan Samaraweera shedding light into the decision to open the batting with young Kusal Mendis during the just concluded tour of Bangladesh said that it was more a tactical decision and wasn’t sure whether Sri Lanka would stick to the same strategy moving forward.

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The Way Forward: Hathuru Unwinds

February 20, 2018
Madushka Balasuriya, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, February 2018, where the title reads “Hathurusingha keen on expanding Sri Lanka’s player pool”

One tour, three formats, three series wins. For Chandika Hathurusingha, it has been the ideal start to his tenure as head coach of Sri Lanka. Speaking on his side’s return home from Bangladesh, a content Hathurusingha cited good communication, tactical flexibility, and a relaxed environment as key elements in Sri Lanka sweeping every trophy on offer. Now, his concentration has shifted to cultivating a strong squad that can compete in various conditions.

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Africa-in-Me. Kevin Pietersen’s Reflections

February 19, 2018

Kevin Pietersen, whose preferred title is “Three Hours that changed My Life” .

They say you’re not born in Africa.

Africa is born in you.

It’s true.

You could blindfold me, put me on a plane, fly me somewhere in the world, open the doors and ask me where I was. I would know immediately if I was in Africa.

I can feel it. Smell it. It’s in my blood. It’s home. It’s part of me, I am connected to it, emotionally and spiritually.

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Being Inside Bangla: Hathurusingha’s Experience sharpened Sri Lanka’s Capacities

February 19, 2018

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Jeevan Mendis’ Come-back Trial: No Surprise

February 17, 2018

Bipin Dani

Mumbai, Feb 16: Jeevan Mendis’ coach at Tamil Union was “not surprised” with his sensational comeback.  The 35-year-old leg break bowler, playing his 17th T-20 match after a gap of more than four and half years, took the wicket with his very first ball against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Not only that, his first three deliveries yielded two wickets.  “We knew about his talent and were “not at all surprised” with his bowling”, Kapila Weerasinghe, his coach at the Tamil Union said exclusively. 

Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Mendis bowls against Bangladesh during the first Twenty20 international cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Oddities in the Lanka Bangla T 20 Match at

February 16, 2018

  Kusal plays ramp shot

* In the  hectic high scoring match Sri Lanka bowled 15 WIDES... and Bangladesh nearly matched them

* Kusal Mendis beat Thisara Perera by a whisker perhaps — for Man of the Match though his scoring rate was less and he did not take any wickets [he did not bowl]

* Allrounder Dasun Shanaka did not bowl but rendered yeoman service at No. 4 with 42 runs in 25 balls at the rate of 175.00

* Shanaka and Udana marched in ahead of Thisara Perera and all three left Chandimal to bite his fingers in the dressing room. SO: who took that meaningful and effective decision to shuffle the order? Chandimal? OR….. Hathuru? … OR … Think-tank?