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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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Peas in the Same Pod. Kohli blesses Dickwella

November 24, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 24 November 2017, where the title is Kohli pays tribute to Dickwella”

Indian captain Virat Kohli told journalists that young Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella reminded him of himself in early days. Like Kohli used to get under the skin of the opposition as a young player, the 24-year-old Sri Lankan’s tactics of time wasting angered the Indian players, but the captain said that all was fine.

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When Young Tissera led Ceylon to Victory over India, 1964

November 19, 2017

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 18 November 2017, where the title is Young captains have lot to learn from Michael Tissera
article_image The Ceylon team that beat India in an unofficial Test match in 1964. (Picture credit Darrell Lieversz)

Young cricket captains have got a lot to learn from one of the finest captains produced by the country – Michael Tissera. The exemplary manner in which Tissera carried himself both on and off the field was tremendous. He was only 24 when the captaincy of the Ceylon team was thrusted upon him. Having been thrown to the deep end, his positive approach helped him to come out with flying colours. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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, http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21203302/ranjan-mellawa-winds-willows

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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Bowling Fight at “Stumps Corral”: Swann vs Murali

November 4, 2017

Who can knock the Head off the stumps? …. the Head being a Glass of  Arrack?

Muralitharan or Graeme Swann?

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Chamari Atapattu breaks into Big Bash in OZ

November 3, 2017

ESPNcricinfo News Item

Batsman Chamari Atapattu‘s record-breaking year assumed greater significance as she became the first Sri Lanka player to be roped in by a Women’s Big Bash League franchise. She has been signed by Melbourne Renegades for the third edition of the WBBL, starting December 9, and will join the New Zealand pair of allrounder Amy Satterthwaite and medium-pacer Lea Tahuhu as the side’s overseas recruits.

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Ahsan Raza: Unbowed and Foursquare on Cricket Pitch as Umpire

November 2, 2017

Ahsan Raza was a wicketkeeper and tailend batsman who moved across to umpire after retiring as a player, making his first appearances as an international reserve official in the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2008-09. He was travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium on the third day of the second Test when he was shot in the back and critically wounded in a terrorist attack aimed at the Sri Lanka squad.

He was one of thr four officiating umpies at the recent T20 match in Lahore.

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