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An All-Time Sri Lankan XI: Selection Game in 2010

July 2, 2018

Sa’adi Thawfeeq presenting Mahinda Wijesinghe’s Choice XI …. courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 1 April 2010

How dearly the national selectors would love to have a Cricinfo jury to help them pick the national teams, going by how straightforward the selection of Sri Lanka’s all-time XI turned out to be. The middle order of Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, and champion spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, were all unanimous picks, with 10 votes apiece.

Left-arm spinner Ajit de Silva and legspinner DS de Silva were tied for the spot of Muralitharan’s spin partner; but with Murali dominating from one end and Chaminda Vaas, whose nine votes justify his place as the spearhead of the bowling attack, from the other, you could assume the three other bowlers in the XI would have little to do. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Duleep Mendis: Doughty Fighter, A Man to Command

June 11, 2018

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 9 June 2018, where the title runs:  “Duleep’s grit and courage – need of the hour”

A Tamil demonstration kinda opened proceedings when the Aussies were batting at the Oval — Editor, Cricketique

It was on a day like this, 43 years ago, Sri Lankan cricket made its biggest impact in the world stage. The six full members of the ICC were automatic choices for the 1975 World Cup and in a bid to make up the numbers, Sri Lanka and a team comprising cricketers from East Africa were invited to play the inaugural event. The quality of Sri Lankan cricket was displayed on this day at The Oval against an Australian side comprising the Chappell brothers, Dennis Lille, Jeff Thomson and others.

A century by Alan Turner and half-centuries by Rick McCosker, Greg Chappell, and Doug Walters had propelled Australia to a total of 328. Many would have thought that Sri Lanka had little chance. But they did well; reaching 150 for two and needed 179 runs in 30 overs with eight wickets in hand.  Australian skipper Ian Chappell was a worried man. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Packer vs the ACB: Haigh’s Revelations

May 5, 2018

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, … http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23408427/story-gideon-haigh-story-packer-affair .. where the title reads “The story behind the story of the Packer affair”

In his acknowledgements for the first edition of The Cricket WarGideon Haigh admitted that “the person who wrote this book was not easy to like”. While he was talking mainly from the point of view of those who would help him put together this landmark chronicle of the World Series Cricket split, its origins and aftermath, there were many in Australian cricket at the time who chose not to like Haigh, or his book idea, in a manner that was both frustrating for the author and telling about the times in which he embarked on the task.

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What a Violent and Unique Six-Balls in Test Cricket! …. with Just Desserts!

March 23, 2018

Rabada to Warner in Over 03

3.4 = Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, too full, rifled to the cover boundary! Warner climbs into a cover drive, low in his stance and using 141kph to his own advantage
3.5 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, oh, even better, a murderous scyth past extra cover for four! This wasn’t a half-volley but he dispatched it via first-class delivery to the ropes
3.6 =Rabada to Warner, FOUR runs, skelped off the pads, three in a row! Morkel gamely gives chase but he can’t reel it in, Warner lets his bat do the talking in his battle with Rabada – this could become a proper brawl (within the confines of the Laws, of course!)
Rabada to Warner in Over 05
5.1 =Rabada to Warner, SIX runs, digs the ball in short… and Warner hurls his bat, KABOOM! over fine leg! That has gone miles, high up into the stands – someone is going to have to fetch it!

5. 2 =Rabada to Warner, (no ball) FOUR runs, FETCH THAT! Five boundaries in a row for Warner off Rabada! Just a touch of width and he slashes it through backward point, and you can sense KG’s temperature rising!…………….Rabada had overstepped too… Literally, not figuratively this time

5.3 =Rabada to Warner, OUTbowled hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Rabada lands the decisive blow, up off the canvas and demolishing off stump! This enthralling duel is ended by Rabada slicing through Warner’s tentative defence and sending the stump pinwheeling back. An extraordinary innings from Warner, struck on the arm and then responding with a flurry of boundaries before being run through, bowled off stump for the third time in the series

DA Warner b Rabada 30 (28m 14b 5×4 1×6) SR: 214.28

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Oddities in the Lanka Bangla T 20 Match at

February 16, 2018

  Kusal plays ramp shot

* In the  hectic high scoring match Sri Lanka bowled 15 WIDES... and Bangladesh nearly matched them

* Kusal Mendis beat Thisara Perera by a whisker perhaps — for Man of the Match though his scoring rate was less and he did not take any wickets [he did not bowl]

* Allrounder Dasun Shanaka did not bowl but rendered yeoman service at No. 4 with 42 runs in 25 balls at the rate of 175.00

* Shanaka and Udana marched in ahead of Thisara Perera and all three left Chandimal to bite his fingers in the dressing room. SO: who took that meaningful and effective decision to shuffle the order? Chandimal? OR….. Hathuru? … OR … Think-tank?

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Move IN Wrist-Spinner! Move INTO the T20 Format

February 15, 2018

Why are legspinners so successful in the shorter formats?
There are plenty of factors that go in favour of legspinners in shorter formats.

They have the ability to take the ball away, off the surface, from both left- and right-hand batsmen without bending the elbow or the rules. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Another Milestone for Herath

February 10, 2018

Rangana Herath went past Wasim Akram to become the most prolific left-arm bowler in Test history when he dismissed Bangladesh’s last wicket. Akram took 414 wickets at an average of 23.62 in 104 matches. Herath, on the other hand, was playing only the 89th Test of his career. New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori is third on this list with 362 wicket from 113 matches. Chaminda Vaas, Mitchell Johnson and Zaheer Khan are the only other left-armers to take at least 300 Tests wickets.

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