Archive for the ‘cricket and life’ Category

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Rohan’s Assesssment of Kumar Sangakkara in May 2019

August 18, 2019

Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 25 May 2019, with the title “The Best is Yet to come”

Men with disciplined minds, set their sights on far loftier goals than others given to average thinking. Such are the virtues that have made Kumar Sangakkara become what he now is. Kumar Sangakkara has played many a fine inning in his time. They have spanned across every notable playing field and every nook and cranny worth knowing on the cricket map. They have stretched across all types of the game – from Tests to ODIs, to the T20s. In each of them, his performances have won him accolades from men of discernment. Be it with bat or lip, he has made his mark. His opponents know only too well how fiendishly difficult it is to match him – be it at play or at his lip and intellect, either singly or in combination.

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Jofra Archer empties the LORD’s Bar

August 18, 2019

A REVIEW from one ERROL in a Note to one GAVIN, 18 August 2019

The message I am receiving is that it is all over and Tim Paine already has the Ashes in his suitcase. Of course, this may well be true. However, I merely want people to hold on a moment because I would always back the side bowling fourth. I would hate to be the side chasing even one hundred to win a match. The nerves and tension are usually unbearable.

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Statistical Oddities and Other Odds and Ends from the Galle Test Match and Beyond

August 17, 2019

133* – The partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne is Sri Lanka’s highest for the first wicket in the fourth innings of a Test. Karunaratne was involved in the previous highest as well – 124 with Kaushal Silva, against Pakistan in Dubai in 2014. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 137 then, and won by nine wickets.

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Dimuth Karunaratne stands as Calm as Tall

August 17, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 17 August 2019, where the title runs “Karunaratne, a cool captain for Sri Lanka’s high seas”

The selectors are making strange picks, the board is trying to sack another coach, the sports minister is making serious overreaches, the XI changes from series to series, but from amid this chaos, which to many has seemed like the wreckage of a once-was cricketing power, Dimuth Karunaratne has eked out a small but significant patch of stability.

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Gollapudi on WHY Ravi Shastri remains Coach of India

August 16, 2019

After interviewing five candidates on Friday and rating them on five different parameters – coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication, and knowledge of modern coaching tools – the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) chose to continue with Ravi Shastri as India head coach. Mike Hesson and Tom Moody finished second and third based on these ratings, CAC head Kapil Dev said. Here is a break-down of the process that led to Shastri’s reinstatement.

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Kookaburra’s Micro-Chip Cricket Ball: Measuring, Analysing Et Cetera

August 15, 2019

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer, 15 August 2019, with this title “For the first time, the cricket ball will talk”

Ben Tattersfield, an Australian, is a specialist in innovation. He has a strong entrepreneurial spirit together with a passion for technology.  As a self-taught techie Ben Tattersfield’s out of the box thinking has led to a number of interesting and innovative solutions and ideas that have made him an inventor of a world’s first micro-chipped cricket ball. The embedded chip will enable real-time feedback that will change the game of cricket.

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Kane and ‘his’ Canine at Katunayake

August 11, 2019

Courtesy of the Sunday Times…. which featured oher types of canines — sniffer dogs on perahara duty