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The WHY and the WILL behind the Bouncer

October 27, 2016

Mitchell Johnson …Admits that he was never the same bowler after the death of Phillip Hughes … see  “Resilient Mitchell Johnson’s ups and downs ,” … at Cricket | ESPN Cricin = http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/1063489.html

Resilient Johnson’s ups and downs

Johnson was in Perth when the news came through that Hughes had been struck in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. In the coming days as it became apparent how grave the situation was, he jumped on a plane to Sydney. When Johnson landed and switched on his phone, he learned that Hughes had died. “I just sat there with my cap pulled down and cried as everybody got off the flight”.mitch-11

5.12.2013 - Ashes 2nd Test, Australia v England, Adelaide Oval - Day 3 Mitchell Johnson celebrates his 5th wicket that of Graeme Swann caught Clarke.

5.12.2013 – Ashes 2nd Test, Australia v England, Adelaide Oval – Day 3 Mitchell Johnson celebrates his 5th wicket that of Graeme Swann caught Clarke. 

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Andrew Fernando’s Readings of the T20 at Pune

February 11, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando

I. “Sri Lanka’s pole-thin co-operative,” ESPNcricinfo, February 2016

The pole-thin co-operative: Sri Lanka unearthed a skinny quick with serious potential in Dushmantha Chameera last year. In this match, Chameera may have played a role in finding another just like him. The second ball of Kasun Rajitha‘s career stopped slightly on Rohit Sharma, who spooned the ball just wide of the bowler. Chameera made quick ground moving to his right from mid-off, and dove athletically, both feet off the ground, to secure the catch. That first wicket sent Rajitha into raptures, and he would go on to set the tone for the innings with four more excellent balls in that over.

Dasun Shanaka of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Hardik Pandya of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016 Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

Dasun Shanaka oBCCI / Sportzpix

Kasun Rajitha of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016 Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

Kasun Rajitha
Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

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Dilhara Fernando — a Tale of Two Extremes

July 22, 2013

Prakash Govindasreenivasan,

DILHARA FERNANDO _ Getty imagesTo say Dilhara Fernando was destiny’s child, would be a gross understatement. Tall and adequately-built, Fernando took to basketball — a sport that probably suited him better. And then came his first tryst with cricket in 1995. He was 16 when he was roped in to play for his school, De Mahenod. The team was short of a player and needed someone to fill in and they picked Fernando due to lack of options. “One day, on the morning of a match, my school team had only 10 players. They wanted an extra guy. So I was in,” he recalled in an interview with the Hindu in 2001.

But, as fate would have it, he proved to be more than just filler. When his school’s main bowlers were getting plastered all over the park, his captain threw the ball to him in a bid to try something different. Fernando, whose only experience at cricket was with tennis ball on the beaches of Kandana, dismissed half the opposition team. Read the rest of this entry ?