Archive for the ‘Sri Lanka Cricket’ Category

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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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World Cricket in Chaotic Times: A List of Abandoned Cricket Tours

November 23, 2017

An Item in The Island, 18 October 2017 with the title “Wars, riots and abandoned tours”
article_image A Sri Lankan player boards a Pakistan military helicopter after terrorists opened fire on the team bus during the 2009 tour.

The dramatic announcement on Friday (October 17), that West Indies would be cutting short their tour of India because of a pay dispute, was not the first time a major international cricket series had come to an unexpected end. Here’s a snapshot of several other tours that ended abruptly in unusual circumstances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Kolkata Contretemps: Dickwella clarifies

November 23, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 23 November 2017, under title Dickwella opens up on Calcutta antics”
article_imageSri Lanka’s wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella engages in an altercation with Indian captain Virat Kohli as the umpires try to intervene.

Sri Lanka’s young wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was the talking point for his antics in the opening Test against India in Calcutta, revealed that he tried to get under the skin of the Indian players in a bid to kill time. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dickwella’s Stupendous SIX! The Umpires caught Napping

November 21, 2017

The Ongoing ESPN Commentary on Paper

Over 15

Nice and bright still. Although it’s only 3.20 pm. Hard to believe the light might not be as good in another hour. Here’s Shami

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Mohammed Shami to Dickwella, SIX, over long leg! Goes after the short ball, climbing up on his throat, but the good thing Dickwella does is keep his eyes on it, swivels on his back foot and sends it soaring.

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The Epitome of Grit: Herath top scores in Sri Lanka’s First Innings

November 21, 2017

Building on Lakmal’s bowling work, Rangana Herath saved sri Lanka’s batting blushes in the first innings and ensured that his side secured a reasonable lead by carving out a pugnacious 67 runs. tTjis effort is suitably recognised by Krishnaswamy and ESPNcricinfo.

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Kolkata, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, November 2017, where the title is “A crucial innings, the Rangana Herath way”

 Rangana Herath guides one onto the leg side BCCI

Bowlers who bat a bit (as opposed to bowling allrounders like Mitchell Starc or Vernon Philander) can be broadly divided into two camps: blockers, such as Ishant Sharma or Devendra Bishoo, and bashers, of whom Tim Southee – who has clattered 61 sixes in 57 Tests – would be an extreme example. Rangana Herath doesn’t really fall in either camp. He isn’t built like most bowlers, of spin or seam, and like other short, squat batsmen he’s happiest playing square of the wicket. Early in his innings on Sunday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung one into his stumps, late, and was on the verge of appealing for lbw when Herath braced his front leg to make last-minute room for his bat to flick the ball to the midwicket boundary.

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A Coruscating Test Match at Kolkata

November 20, 2017

ESPN Commentary team thoughts and other End-of-Day COMMENTS

Phew. What an end to this Test. Lot of time lost to rain. This was effectively a three-day Test. Gosh, give me this day in and day out. More fun than watching your favourite batsmen stack up triple hundreds for fun. That exhibition of swing bowling from India and Lakmal is my moment of 2017. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Until next time, it’s goodbye from me, Shashank Kishore, and Alagappan Muthu. Cheers. Be well, Eden Gardens. Over to you, Jamtha.

Lakmal

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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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