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A Riddle. A Controversial Photograph

January 13, 2018

ONE: When presenting my summary information on one of the most momentous moments i Sri Lankan cricket when a “Ceylon”team beat India in an unofficial four-day Test match at Ahmedabad in early 1965, I came across two photographs sis by side: one showing captains Tissera and the Nawab of Pataudi shaking hands at the toss and another of a third slip or gully taking a catch. I assumed [wrongly] that this was catch snaffled by Anura Polonowita referred to in phone conversation by Mano Ponniah.

This identification has been challenged by Mevan Pieris … but his reading is now questioned by Darrell Lieversz. So cricketing aficianados must address ths puzzle.

TWO: A Note from HSM “Mevan”Pieris, December 2017

 “The picture which states Polonowita taking a brilliant catch off Fredrick is wrongly stated. Neither the catcher is Polonowita nor the bowler Fredrick who was a short stocky cricketer. The tall bowler I believe is Mevan Pieris and the fielder taking the catch is Lionel Fernando. The wicket keeper is Russel Hamer and slip I believe is Anura Tennekoon. This photograph probably is one taken when the Sri Lanka Board team under Anura Tennekoon’s captaincy toured South India, about 1971. The bowler is certainly not Norton Fredrick. When Polonowita and Fredrick played for the country in India, Russel Hamer was not in the team and the wicket keeper was HIK Fernando. Anura Tennekoon could probably help to confirm what I say.

THREE: A Note from Darrell Lieversz, 30 December 2017

Hi Michael, A friend of mine sent me a copy of your article “Tensions and Tales from Sri Lankan Cricket: An Essay from 2009”.  I refer you to the paragraph and photograph titled “Correction” which I have “cut and pasted” and attached a copy to this Email for your perusal.

It is with embarrassed reluctance that I wish to bring to your notice a further correction to the paragraph and photograph.The photograph was taken in Bangalore (India) at the 1st Test Ceylon vs India in 1963. It is of a dropped catch by Stanley Jayasinghe from Abhas Ali Baig off my bowling. From Left to Right : H I K Fernado (Wicket Keeper), Abhas Ali Baig (Batsman), Dillip Sardesai (non striker), Abu Fuard (1st Slip), Umpire (??), Stanley Jayasinghe (2nd Slip) and Darrell Lieversz (Bowler).

It was a sad moment indeed, because Baig went on to score 96 and was ultimately caught by H I K Fernando off the bowling of Abu Fuard.

However, the article in its entirety is as usual very well written with some incredible facts making it an extremely good read.

Kind regards, Darrell  ….   at full bore then


Mevan Pieris in later life

Darrell Lieversz in later life



India’s Bowling Challenges in South Africa

January 1, 2018

Sidarth Monga, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 1 January 2018, where the title runs  Same old attack, all-new challenge”

By the end of it, MS Dhoni had almost given up on them. He was helpless with India’s fast bowlers. When on tours, where fast bowling decided matches, he would watch his batsmen having to take risks to score off the home quicks but then his own bowlers would keep letting the opposition batsmen score pressure-free runs. A complete seam-bowling performance such as Durban 2010-11 was a rare bonus.

 Mohamed Shami

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An Exemplary Moment: Some Lankan Cricketers absorb Dhoni’s Advice

December 28, 2017

News Item in Daily News, 28 December 2017, with title “Lankan Players take cricket lessons from MS Dhoni”

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not just grown as a player but as a person over the years. The respected cricketer is not just admired by his teammates but also his opponents for his distinctive ground play and game awareness.

Upul Tharanga, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Akila Dananjaya get valuable tips from Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni at the end of the third T20 international at Mumbai. Read the rest of this entry ?


Hurricane Hitting; fastest T20 Centuries … Rohit mauls Sri Lanka

December 23, 2017

Bharath Seervi, in ESPN

35 – Number of balls taken by Rohit Sharma to score his century, which is the joint-fastest in T20Is. He equalled David Miller’s record – he had done the same against Bangladesh in October. The previous fastest T20I century among India batsmen was 46 balls by KL Rahul, against West Indies in Lauderhill last year.


Rohit smashed the joint fastest T20I century ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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Virat and Anushka unfurl Marriage Knot

December 13, 2017

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Comments on Sri Lanka’s First ODI Win at Dharamsala

December 13, 2017

It is s -evident that wining the toss and bowling first was a central factor in this victory. Rumesh Ratnayake was savvy enough to note this, but va idly praised the pace trio’s efforts. Michael Roberts

Rex Clementine: Ratnayake praises fast bowlers’ effort,” Island, 13 December 2017

Sri Lanka’s Fast Bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake has praised the efforts of his bowlers that enabled Sri Lanka to take a 1-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series against India. Spearheaded by Suranga Lakmal, the seamers did a fine job to bowl out India for 112 runs in Dharamsala on Sunday and the tourists went on to secure a seven-wicket win. Read the rest of this entry ?


Grit At Last: Thawfeeq and Clementine on How Lanka drew Third Test on Day Five

December 7, 2017

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 7 Dec 2017,  with title “Sri Lanka batting displays gumption to draw final Test”

Wednesday: The Sri Lankan batting which has been spineless in the last five Tests against India finally displayed its true colours to bat out the entire fifth and final day and deny the number one ranked Test team victory in the third and final cricket Test played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.

Dhannajaya & Roshen take a run

Set an improbable target of 410 to chase in the fourth innings, Sri Lanka finished on 299 for five wickets to earn an honourable draw. The match was called off in mutual consent between the two teams at the final drinks break at 4 pm. Read the rest of this entry ?