Archive for the ‘confrontations on field’ Category


Murali’s Testing Times …. Through Thick and Thin

August 9, 2016

Vithushan Ehantharaja, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly where the title is “When Murali bared his Soul”

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There’s a sincerity to Mark Nicholas as he stares into the camera. He looks almost childlike in appearance: suit slightly oversized, top button done up and tie fastened yet not dovetailing. This isn’t the Mark Nicholas who prowls the pristine greens of Australia’s outfields with the manner of one on top of the food chain. Here he is sitting, shoulders flexed in. There’s uncertainty in the air and he can do little to hide it. The footage rolls.

It’s July 5, 2004, and Lord’s is preparing for an England-West Indies ODI. While most of the ground is a hub of noise, as cables are unreeled, fastened and taped, the Nursery Ground is still. Nicholas is in dark trousers and a cream shirt, with sleeves rolled up. Standing next to him, Muttiah Muralitharan is wearing a sleeveless Sri Lanka T-shirt. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali is placed Where he should be: Among the Immortals

August 2, 2016

Mahinda Wijesinghe, from the Sunday Island, 31 July 2016, with the title “Congratulations Murali on a Long Overdue Honour”

The majority of lovers of cricket, especially the Sri Lankan supporters, would be thrilled that Muttiah Muralidaran, known the world over as ‘Murali’ has been inducted as the 80th member of the ICC’s Hall of Fame.  He is the first Sri Lankan to be thus honoured. Those appointed to this coveted membership are based on the ICC “recognizing the achievements of these legends of the game from cricket’s long history of the game.”

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Verbal Warfare: Murali vs Senanayake, Sumathipala and Co

July 25, 2016

  Andrew Fidel Fernando,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo,where the title reads “”Murali and SLC involved in war of words”

Muttiah Muralitharan: ‘If SLC had asked me before the series to be a consultant, I would have said yes. They didn’t want me, and someone else wanted me. How am I a traitor?’ © AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket and Muttiah Muralitharan have traded caustic verbal blows following an altercation between Murali and the Sri Lanka team manager. SLC has made a formal complaint to Cricket Australia over the altercation, and has also contended Murali had conducted centre-wicket training at the Pallekele ground without permission.


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Two Essays from MAHINDA on Two Moments in the Test Series in England

June 16, 2016

Mahinda Wijesinghe


ONE: The Sun smiled and the batsmen obliged at Chester-le Street … 31 May 2016

At the end of Day 3, in the second Test being played at Chester-le-Street, in Durham, the Sri Lankan batsmen, being sent for a follow-on, had so far made 310 for 5 at a pleasing 3.67 runs/over. For a team that had, during this series totaled a miserable 311 in 3 completed innings – or 30 wickets – this is indeed a remarkable turnaround.

The icing on the cake, after fighting half-centuries by Kaushal Silva (60) and skipper Angelo Mathews (80), is the unbroken 87-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal (54*) and Milinda Siriwardena (35*). Currently, the tourists need to add another 88 runs to make England bat again. Maybe their skipper Cook, who has added a mere 36 runs in his last three Test innings, has an opportunity to complete 10,000 Test runs by scoring only 5 runs more. Read the rest of this entry ?


Venomous History haunts the England-Lanka Cricketing Encounters

May 19, 2016

Peter Hayter, courtesy of The Cricket Paper, 16 May 2016, where the title is “There’s plenty of spice in this fiery contest

Stand by for the resumption of the second-longest running feud in world cricket. When England take on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the summer at Headingley on Thursday, they will do so led by the former coaching partnership of their opponents, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace.

Recently, they enlisted the help of one of the island nation’s greatest batsmen, Mahela Jayawardene, as a World T20 coaching consultant. Another, Kumar Sangakkara, has always been a popular and respected figure here and he is currently spreading the benefit of his vast experience over the Surrey dressing room and, for nearly two decades, as much as Muttiah Muralitharan terrorised England batsmen with the ball, so he also beguiled them with his vast smile.

aa Sena Senanayake mankads Buttler after warnings

Yet, as events on their last visit here in 2014 remind us, often when these two teams stand toe to toe, tension seems to be bubbling just under the surface and an eruption is often just a word, look or action away. Some suggest that one of the underlying causes of all the aggro here two summers ago was Sri Lanka’s irritation at losing Farbrace to England just days before the start of the tour two summers ago. Read the rest of this entry ?


Warwick Franks dwells in 1999 on Woodward’s Windies and Sri Lankan Crosscurrents by Roberts & James

February 28, 2016

Warwick Franks, in a dual book review in Spotting Traditions • vol. 15 no. 2 • May 1999 = of Ian Woodward: Aussies versus Windies: A History of Australia-West Indies Cricket. Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Appendices, illus., scorecards, stats. pp. vii + 260. $29.95…. & Michael Roberts and Alfred James: Crosscurrents: Sri Lanka and Australia at Cricket.Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Illus., scorecards. pp. $50 hardback, $19.95 paperback…. with footnotes and illustrations inserted here by Cricketique.

Woodward cover Crosscurrents

These two books represent a welcome widening in the perspectives on Australian cricket writing. While the enthusiastic crowd response to the 1998-99 Ashes series underlined the special position of these matches in the ethos of Australian cricket, it is also obvious that there are many ways in which English cricket is increasingly marginal in the development of the world game. Yet such has been the concentration of Australian cricket writing on the Anglo-Australian game that Mike Coward’s Cricket Beyond the Bazaar(1990) has been one of the only books to go beyond the Lord’s-MCG axis. Read the rest of this entry ?


No-Balling Murali: Emerson seeks the Limelight Again

January 23, 2016

Simon King caters to Emerson and media-sensationalism by letting Emerson and gossip reign, in a piece in The Weekend Australian entitled “Emerson reflects on Muralidaran and no-ball controversy”. The coloured emphases in this version are editorial highlights.


Seventeen years ago to the day, standing at square leg during the 1999 one-day series between Sri Lanka and England at the Adelaide Oval, umpire Ross Emerson no-balled Muttiah Muralidaran for chucking. There had been an ominous air of expectation as Murali took the ball in the 18th over — Emerson had called him before during the 1995-96 tour. Channel’s Nine’s Tony Greig set the mood: “Right, well this is the moment everyone’s been a little bit nervous about, we’ve got Muralidaran about to be introduced into the attack. These two umpires when they were together both no-balled him for throwing, umpire Emerson, he started it last time.” Read the rest of this entry ?