Archive for the ‘Andrew Fidel Fernando’ Category


The Perera behind the Raval

March 27, 2017

Firdos e Moonda with Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 27 March 2017 where the title is The making of a Kiwi” 

One of the first things Jeet Raval from Ahmedabad did when he arrived in Auckland was try to find a job. He was only 16 years old, so it had to be a casual, holiday gig, but his father Ashok encouraged it as a way for him to interact with people in his new home and improve his limited English. “I went to Subway and they asked me if I could hand in my CV. I didn’t know what a CV was, so I called my mom and asked, ‘What’s a CV?’ In India they call it biodata, so my mom told me that and then I understood. I asked for a piece of paper and a pen and they didn’t have any paper, so they gave me a tissue paper. I wrote the word ‘biodata’ on the top and I put my name, my mom’s name, my dad’s name, my date of birth, and I said there’s my CV. And I never heard back from them,” Raval said to ESPNcricinfo during his first series as a Test cricketer in November last year.

  Raval at his wedding in Ahmedabad, with coach Perera in attendance Read the rest of this entry ?


Evaluating Sri Lankan ODI Team before the Bangla Series

March 26, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando at ESPNcricinfo on Saturday 25 March 2o17  

 Sabbir Rahman

Big picture:  Bangladesh have exulted, the Sri Lanka team have been verbally flagellated, and after Sunday’s result, a tour that had been flying under the radar on the island has suddenly sparked widespread interest.

While Bangladesh’s second major Test victory in the space of a few months has been interpreted as a another sign of the team’s arrival at the top level, Sri Lanka’s loss has split opinion at home. Some have suggested Sri Lankan cricket has entered a death spiral; others have argued that while there is cause for significant concern, there is hope yet. Whatever the case, the limited-overs series have become doubly important for Sri Lanka now. If they lose here as well, there may not be many rushing to defend this team. Read the rest of this entry ?


Fernando and Clementine Wrap-up the Galle Test Match

March 12, 2017

I. Andrew Fidel Fernando: “Herath a fourth innings force of nature”  in ESPNcricinfo, 10 March 2017,

Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers imposed their familiar chokehold over another fourth innings of a home Test match, uprooting batsmen as early as the second ball of the day, before sending the Test hurtling to its conclusion by the middle of the afternoon session.
Sri Lanka 494 (Mendis 194, Mehedi 4-112) and 274 for 6 declared (Tharanga 115, Mehedi 2-77) beat Bangladesh 312 (Mushfiqur 85, Perera 3-53) and 197 (Liton 35, Mushfiqur 34, Herath 6-59) by 259 runs.

Read the rest of this entry ?


Absorbing Cricket in Day One at Galle

March 7, 2017

Andrew Fernando, inESPNcricinfo, where the title is Mendis 166* headlines Sri Lanka dominance”

How sweet homecomings can be. Having failed to score 300 in any of their six Test innings in South Africa, Sri Lanka rode Kusal Mendis‘s suave 166 not out to a score of 321 for 4 on the first day in Galle. Along the way, Mendis signed up Asela Gunaratne for a sidekick, forging with him a dominant 196-run fourth-wicket stand, of which Gunaratne’s share was 85.

Kusal & asela embrace

This Galle pitch deserves a first-  innings total of at least 400, so although Sri Lanka’s position is strong for now, it is certainly not an unassailable one. Read the rest of this entry ?


Rangana Herath: A Leftie Lovable

October 6, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of THE CRICKET MONTHLY, where the title is “Left-arm lovable”

It was perfect that Rangana Herath‘s parents bought the family their first television shortly before Aravinda de Silva‘s 1984 debut, because soon de Silva was Herath’s favourite player. “When Aravinda is smashing sixes and fours,” Herath remembers, “who doesn’t want to watch?”

There was sometimes a crowd in the house. In the lush village of Waduwawa, on the southeastern tip of the Northwestern Province, this was one of the first black-and-white television sets. Matches drew friends and neighbours to the lime-green living room, and when games finished, the mob scattered into the front yard. Beneath thambili palms, with birdsong in the trees, and the Buddhist temple’s bana on the breeze, they poured out pent-up aspirations into matches of their own.

herath-with-his-son-in-galle-2014-afp With his son in Galle, 2014 © AFP

When no friends were around, older brother Deepthi was cajoled into games. “Aiyo I could never get away from him,” Deepthi says. “He was always wanting to play. I had to learn batting left-handed even, so that I wasn’t breaking windows when I hit to the leg side. He batted left-handed from the small days, so he was always whacking balls into the trees. If I couldn’t play, he’d hang a ball in a sock from the mango tree, and hit it by himself. He had more than enough shots.”

Read the rest of this entry ?


Clementine Reviews the Aussie Series

August 19, 2016

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 19 August 2016, where the title is Cherishing our finest hour in cricket”

The great game of ours is filled with uncertainties. Steven Smith arrived in Colombo having not lost a Test match in the 11 games he had been in charge as Australian captain. Australia were world’s number one ranked team. Their preparations were meticulous.

By arriving 17 days before the first Test, the tourists wanted to be well prepared for the turning tracks here. They used Sri Lankan experts such as Muttiah Muralitharan and Tilan Samaraweera to stay one step ahead of the opponents.

Sri Lanka meanwhile arrived in the island following their tour of England with their heads down. To sum it up, the England tour was a nightmare. The experts were of the view that it will take a considerable time for Sri Lankans to be competitive in international cricket again. Coach Graham Ford wasn’t sure how he was going to make the turnaround happen. He had toiled tirelessly with little result. But he didn’t lose hope. John Wooden, one of the finest basketball coaches used to say, ‘Don’t complain about not having talented athletes. If you keep working hard, talent will emerge.” Ford seemed to have believed in that mantra for some of the younger players he backed in the series made a huge difference. Read the rest of this entry ?


Dhananjaya as Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Star Today

August 18, 2016

Michael Roberts

DHANANJAYA 11Let me stick my neck out and pontificate: Dhananjaya de Silva is a rising star in Sri Lanka‘s batting world, a potential Aravinda or Mahela.[1] However, he is nearly 25 years old and in this regard cannot quite replicate either Arjuna Ranatunga’s or Aravinda’s footsteps. Arjuna ‘s capacities were recognised by Gary Sobers and he was pitchforked into the Sri Lankan Test side at the age of eighteen. Born on 17 October 1965 Aravinda (from DS Senanayake in Colombo) made his Test debut at Lords in England on 25 August 1984.

dhananjaya-de-silvaPic fr.

Read the rest of this entry ?