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Forces and Strands in Sri Lanka’s Cricket History

November 24, 2017

Binod Kumar Mishra — reviewing Forces and Strands in Sri Lanka’s Cricket History, by Michael Roberts, Colombo, Social Scientists’Association, 2006, 64 pp., 21 photographs, bibliography, Rs. 300 (paperback), ISBN 9559102826

Cricket brought to Sri Lanka the reputation of, and a genuine recognition as, a nation. The rationale forsuch an observation is the infamous reputation Sri Lanka has earned due to decade-old ethnic rivalryand insurgency that has threatened the concept of nationhood in the country. The World Cup triumph in1996 and the heroic performances before and after that event have put Sri Lanka prominently not onlyo n the sports map, but also on the political map of the world in a positive sense. But the story of the rise of Sri Lankan cricket is not a normal rags-to-riches story but is filled with events that in some sense correspond to its political history.
Arise Deshamaanya Davenel !!

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Cricketing Talents that were undermined from Within: Ceylon in the 1960s

November 19, 2017

Michael Roberts

Rex Clementine has done Lankan cricket fans a great favour by reminding us of the 0ccasion when the Ceylon team of yesteryear beat India at Ahmedabad at the tail-end of 1964. He tapped Michael Tissera for the central details. Typically, Michel did not dwell on his bold captaincy and the magnificent gamble of declaring their first innings closed when they had some wickets in hand in order to aim for an Indian batting collapse in their second innings and  to then snatch a win. So it transpired.

Back row: TCT Edward, DP de Silva, Norton Fredrick, Ranjit Fernando, Lareef Idroos

Mid-Row: M. Devaraja, Neil Chnamugam, Mano Ponniah, Darrel Lieversz, Lasantha Rodrigo, Sylvester Dias, Danasiri Weerasinghe

Seated: Stanley Jayasinghe, Abu Fuard, Michael Tissera, HIK Fernando, Anuruddha Polonowita, Nisal Senaratne (Manager)

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Another Sangha torments England

November 19, 2017

Jason Jaskirat Singh Sanghar to be precise accumulated 135 runs for Cricket Australia vs The England side in a practice match at Townsville a day or so back. This was in the second innings when the home side ended with 364 runs for 4 wkts.

Full name Jason Jaskirat Singh Sangha

Born September 8, 1999, Randwick, New South Wales

Current age 18 years 72 days

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Questions for Armchair Critics at Eden Gardens

November 17, 2017

 Michael Roberts ASKS: does not Lakmal’s beautiful spell in seaming conditions underline the failures of Gamage and Chandimal? 

YES, Lahiru Gamage inserted a few sharp in-dippers without luck, But I wonder why Chandimal did not introduce either Shanaka or Matthews for the 8th and 10th overs? We could go further: seeing the conditions on the day of the match, why did the tour selectors not take a bold step: drop Gamage and choose another batsman? or replace him with the third paceman in the squad: Fernando?

YES the latter are  bold thoughts. Yes, easier after the event and from an armchair. BUT the first suggestion was/is obvious> The thought arose as soon as the 5th/6th over when I saw Gamage’s trajectory and pitch-length. The scenario was/is BEDSER made not TRUEMAN-made.

I would go further. Given the 1eleven on the field, I would have asked Herath to emulate Underwood. Controlled bowling is more effective than that less controlled and too short-pitched. Having witnessed Vanderputt and Nizam open  bowling with slow left-arm in-dippers plus[lus for St. Aloysius in the 1950s, I step forth boldly thus.

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Mellawa’s Inside/Outside View of Sri Lankan Cricket

November 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, reviewing Ranjan Mellawa’s Wind Behind the Willows… for ESPNcricinfo,

First, allow me to lay out a bias: I was probably always going to like this one. Sri Lanka does not, alas, produce a wealth of cricket books. Where Ben Stokes already has a hardcover in circulation, Muttiah Muralitharan is yet to flog a 400-page grievance – the likes of which have recently become the prerogative of so many retired cricketers. (And of endured hardships, who could possibly have a greater store than Murali?)

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Sri Lankan Team heads for India

November 8, 2017

Rex Clementine, in Island, 8 October 2017

The national cricket team will fly off to Calcutta today morning for a seven week long tour in which they will play three Tests, three ODIs and three T-20 Internationals. It will be Sri Lanka’s first Test tour to India in eight years. Since touring India in 2009, Sri Lanka were scheduled to make a visit to the neighboring country in 2015, but that series was converted into a home series after a request by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to come out of a financial crisis.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been in good nick in the last few series and needs 60 more runs to complete 1000 runs in the calender year. Read the rest of this entry ?


Squad for India: Some Surprises in the XV

November 6, 2017

Sa’adi Thawfeeq in Daily News, 6 November 2017, where the title is Mendis dropped for Indian Test series”

Kusal Mendis who began his international career on a high note with two big match-winning Test centuries against Australia and Bangladesh has been dropped from the 15-member Sri Lanka Test squad for the tour to India next week.Along with Mendis, opener Kaushal Silva and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has also been left out of the squad. All three of them figured in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan in the UAE that Sri Lanka won 2-0.

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