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Top of the Tree in Test Cricket: Kusal’s 153 Not Out in a Statistical Table of Comparison

February 21, 2019

Anantha Narayanan, in ESPNcricinfo, 20 February 2019, with this title “Why Kusal Perera’s 153* is the best Test innings ever”

Kusal Perera‘s once-in-a-lifetime 153 not-out, which orchestrated an almost single-handed win over a South Africa much stronger than Perera’s Sri Lanka, has become the best innings in 142 years of Test cricket, moving to the top spot in my Golden Willow 25 (GW 25) table of top batting performances.

Perera’s innings secured 897.2 rating points, which is about 30 points more than the previous top innings, Graham Gooch’s classic 154 at Headingley in 1991 against the mighty West Indies. Perera’s innings ticks all the boxes and sits comfortably in top place. The only other innings that has come into the top 25 since this list was originally published in August last year is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 in Adelaide.

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Rohan Wijeyaratna’s Fine-grained Analysis of the Durban Test Match

February 19, 2019







Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 18 February 2019, where the title reads “Sri Lanka’s finest hour!”

By the end of the third day at Kingsmead in Durban, Sri Lanka were three down for 83 and still requiring 221 to win. All indications were that they were heading towards another customary ending. The game was keenly poised, and If ever there was an occasion for someone to play Horatius at the Bridge, this was it. Early indications were that there weren’t any such gallant men in sight. Batsmen simply came and went. Among those dismissed on day three were Karunaratne, Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis; more or less the main gut of the Sri Lankan batting. At the wicket were Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando; both threatening to depart anytime. If Sri Lanka were to clamber out of this latest hole, character, restraint, measured aggression and some luck were all needed in equal measure. Despite their well-chronicled self-destructive tendencies, this Test still offered the visitors an opportunity. The pitch was relatively benign and the South African bowlers somehow lacked the sustained menace to cause alarm. All what Sri Lanka needed was greater stomach to make a fist of things. The Lankans however, seemed unconvinced. Instead they set about doing what they were quite expert at. That was to self-destruct. Be it at cricket or any other, Sri Lanka stands unparalleled when it comes to missing out on opportunities which land on their own doorstep. And so it seemed, one more time!

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Kusal Perera’s Blast from the Past: 336 runs … in 2012

February 17, 2019

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, in ESPNcricinfo, 2012,

A hurricane hit Sri Lankan cricket last week, but it was barely mentioned. Kusal Perera, a 22 year-old left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper blasted 336 off 275 balls for Colts CC against Saracens at Havelock Park, Colombo. The innings featured savage hitting with 14 sixes and 29 fours.

The innings is the highest score in the Sri Lankan domestic competition. It is also the only triple century in the 75 year history of the Sri Lankan domestic competition. Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was not recorded as first-class until the 1988-89 season, but there were no triple centuries in club cricket before that. The only other triple centuries in Sri Lankan first-class cricket were at Test level – Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 against India in 1997 and Mahela Jayawardena’s 375 against South Africa in 2006.

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Topsy-Turvy: Sri Lanka’s Insane Triumph in Durban

February 16, 2019

Liam Brickhill, in ESPNcrcinfo, 16 February 2019, where the title is Kusal Perera’s epic 153* leads Sri Lanka to insane victory”

A see-sawing Test match reached an incredible finale on the fourth afternoon at Kingsmead as Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando put on a record-breaking 10th wicket stand to see their team home in an atmosphere of almost unbearable tension.

Sri Lanka’s last pair came together with 78 still needed and victory virtually assured for South Africa, but as Vishwa clung limpet-like to the crease Kusal slugged, slapped and swiped his way to the target. Along the way, both men reached their highest Test scores – Kusal finishing on 153, while Vishwa’s more modest – but no less vital in the final analysis – contribution was 6 not out.

Kusal Perera showed guts in tough conditions Getty Images

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Mahes Goonatilleke: Wicket-keeper from the Top Drawer

February 14, 2019

Jamie Alter, in ESPNcricinfo, 5 September 2009, where the title is “The One that got Away”: 

Today’s wicketkeepers dive too much. It shows a lack of foot movement and speed. There’s too much of it. I hardly dived, and neither did my wicket-keeping peers. It makes your clothes dirty.” The voice on the line is soft yet commanding. It still cares for Sri Lanka cricket, despite a bitter history with its authorities.

Mahes Goonatilleke is regarded by many in the country as the finest Test wicketkeeper produced by Sri Lanka. But few outside the country will have heard of him, because his international career was over before it could take off, and a nation was robbed of a great talent. Read the rest of this entry ?


Kusal Perera Incident: How to Manage Head Knocks

February 9, 2019

Ben Horne, in The Weekend Australian, 8 February 2019, where the title is   ICC Head Rules are exposed”

The International Cricket Council’s lack of action on concussion is in the spotlight again after it emerged an unfit Sri Lanka batsman was allowed to defy doctor’s orders and face the blazing Australian attack in Canberra last week.

It is understood Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera was theoretically ruled out of the second Test with concussion when, in the absence of a Sri Lankan team doctor, he was assessed by Australian doctor Richard Saw. The assessment came after Perera was forced to retire hurt in the first innings after he was struck by a bouncer from Jhye Richardson.

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Rex in Q and A with Michael Hussey

February 8, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 7 February 2019, with the title “Murali is Mr Cricket –Mike Hussey”

No batsman in Test cricket played Sri Lanka better than Australia’s Mike Hussey. Numbers prove it. His average of 110 against Sri Lankan attacks is better than that of Brian Lara (86), Virat Kohli (77), Sunil Gavaskar (66), A.B. de Villiers (62) and Sachin Tendulkar (60). Hussey’s average against Sri Lanka is the best by any Test cricketer.

 Rival players at one point, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mike Hussey went onto become great friends when they were team mates at Chennai Super Kings.

The Island caught up with the man who was nicknamed Mr. Cricket for his deep knowledge about the game. In this interview, Hussey opens up on his battles against Murali, his close relationship with the man who was once his opponent and later a team-mate. Dismissing Kumar Sangakkara in a Test match and the future of Australian cricket and lots more. Here are the excerpts. Read the rest of this entry ?