Archive for the ‘Mahela Jayawardene’ Category


Mellawa sails with the Sri Lanka’s Cricketers Yesterday and Today

May 15, 2017

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in The Island, 14 May 2017, where the title reads Winds behind the willows: An encyclopaediac Mellawa’s history of SL cricket with warts and all”

Almost a century ago, S.P.Foenander, referred internationally as the ‘Wisden of the East’, authored his 268-page classic tome ‘Sixty Years of Ceylon Cricket’ (Ceylon Advertising & General Publicity – 1924). That was the first book which authoritatively enlightened the cricket world about cricket and cricketers between the years 1863 to 1923, in the then fair isle of Ceylon. One must also remember that Foenander, who even rubbed shoulders with the legendary Bradman – see photo below- must have experienced the difficulties at that time in collecting/collating information and statistics and so on in compiling his book. After all, the print media at that time was not developed; TV nor Internet was not even thought of. In short sophisticated communication systems were not even in its infancy. So the accolade of being the pioneer of cricket journalism in Ceylon falls squarely on the shoulders of the late S.P. Foenander.

 A rare photo taken in Colombo (October 1930) of S.P. Foenander, then the Sports Editor of ‘Ceylon Observer’, gifting a replica of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (Temple of the Tooth) to Don Bradman. Foenander is carrying Australian skipper Bill Woodfull’s son, Jack, in his arms.– Courtesy State Library of South Australia – PRG 682/16/108

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Sri Lanka Sweating on Malinga’s Fitness

May 4, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 2 May 2017, where the title runs Malinga’s fitness in focus for Sri Lanka”

Early signs suggest Lasith Malinga will be fit enough to bowl ten overs per match by the time the Champions Trophy rolls around, according to Sri Lanka’s head coach Graham Ford, though he also hinted there was a possibility Malinga could play even if not quite fully fit. Effectively, the feeling in the Sri Lanka camp seems to be this: they need Malinga. They need him bad.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga, left and coach Graham Ford chat during a practice session ahead of the second Twenty20 cricket match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Gahaapan Machaang! Sixer, Sixer!!! Sri Lanka’s TOP TEN

April 28, 2017

….  Courtesy of Daily Mirror, 27 April 2017, where the title is Top Ten Sri Lankan batsmen with most sixes in ODI’s –

Cricket is not just a game of boundaries and sixes, but modern day batsmen are rated highly if they could clear the boundary with ease. There are few Lankan batsmen who had cleared the ropes many times. Below is a list of Top 10 Batsmen who have hit most number of sixes for Sri Lanka in ODI’s.
10 – Nuwan Kulasekara 

 Yes you saw it right, its Nuwan Kulasekara as at now the most experienced fast bowler of the country gets to the top 10 list of most sixes for a Sri Lankan. The lower order dasher has contributed with the bat on many crucial occasions.  In 120 innings he has smashed 39 sixes at an average of 41 balls faced per six. 


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Media Madness in Sumathipala

April 19, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando,  in ESPNcricinfo, 19 April 2017, where the title runs Why is SLC in public-relations overdrive?”  … and the by-line urns: “Thilanga Sumathipala’s board has done as much for Sri Lanka’s cricket as any other, but the chairman’s desperation for the limelight does them no favours;”

Five men stand in front of the sponsors’ backdrop at the presentation that follows Sri Lanka’s T20 win over Bangladesh. Four of them are holding cheques; the man who holds nothing is Thilanga Sumathipala, SLC president and unelected deputy speaker of the House. He stands closest to the presenter, and his presence seems gratuitous at first. When proceedings begin, however, it becomes clear that the camera is smitten with Sumathipala and that he is smitten with it. When Kusal Perera comes up to be interviewed about his Player-of-the-Match performance, there Sumathipala is, looking paternally over the player’s shoulder with a benevolent grin. While other awards are being handed out, the camera may stray, but as if bound by fate, it always has a way of finding its way back to Sumathipala. It captures his coy smirks and his firm handshakes.  Read the rest of this entry ?


Chandika Hathurusinghe: A Temptestuous and Triumphant Journey

April 13, 2017

Rex Clementine… in a wide-ranging review which slashes the SLC cricket administration … Island, 9 April 2017

Sri Lanka’s ‘A’ team made a huge impact when they toured South Africa in 2009. No Sri Lankan team has done so well in South Africa. The fast and bouncy wickets in that country has always proved to be the undoing of batsmen who had been brought up on low and slow surfaces. The man who guided Sri Lanka to that unprecedented success was Chandika Hathurusinghe. That team was captained by Thilina Kandamby and included players like Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal and Tharanga Paranavithana.


Kumar Sangakkara was the captain of the national team at that stage. Sanga took immediate note and requested the Board to relieve Hathurusinhe of ‘A’ team duties and allow him to work with the national team.
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Debacle for Sri Lankan Cricketers in South Africa

February 12, 2017

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island 12 February 2017 where the title is Eight weeks of torture in South Africa”

The eight weeks of torture in South Africa is finally over. If Sri Lanka’s series whitewash over Australia last year gave us any false assurance that all is well with our cricket, we have been just given a rude wake up call. It’s all back to square one. The bilateral series against Bangladesh next month will perhaps open us up to harsher realities. Whitewashed in Tests, whitewashed in ODIs, many Sri Lankans boarded the flight from Johannesburg yesterday with their confidence shattered.

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Vijaya Malalasekera on His Cricketing Days

January 29, 2017

News Item in Daily News. entitled “My Views on Cricket” …

Q: What led you to take up to cricket?

VM: From my boyhood days I had been very interested in cricket since in our neighbourhood we always played cricket as a pastime. My interest grew further as a result of my being taken to watch the Royal-Thomian cricket match from 1952 onwards. I saw Royal being defeated that year but was enamoured by the players who performed for Royal. This interest grew in me and since 1952 I watched every Royal-Thomian upto the time I left for England in 1963. Having seen players like T. Nirmalingam, Michael Wille, Lorensz Pereira, Michael Dias, the brothers Lalith and Nanda Senanayake and the likes of Dan Piachaud, Ronnie Reid, Michael Tissera, Michael Sproule and the likes of the opposing side made me want to play in the Big match. In particular, I remember Nirmalingam’s 69 in 1954 where he was run out for 69 and when the Royal scoreboard read 70 for 1 and the man out was Nirmalingam for 69. It was an innings of sheer brilliance. Ronnie Reid’s 157 in 1956 and his two short innings of 65 in 1957 and Tissera’s 49 in 1954 were all inspiring innings. The Dias-Lalith Senanayake partnership in 1958 against the formidable leg-spinner Larif Idroos were innings to remember. Lalith went on to get 69 and 47 n.o. in 1960 and they were brilliant knocks made in absolute style for a right-hander. They all inspired me to promise myself that one day I will play in the Royal-Thomian as a Royalist.

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