Archive for the ‘world cup squad’ Category

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Captaincy Stakes: How the Burden landed in Dimuth’s Lap

April 22, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 17 April 2019, with this title How Sri Lanka’s search for a World Cup captain ended with Karunaratne”

Where most teams are merely working out which of their fringe players will make the trip to the World Cup, Sri Lanka had a bigger question to answer: who will captain the team? Over the past two years, the captaincy has changed hands at a dizzying rate, with Angelo Mathews having had it in two stints, Dinesh Chandimal also helming the ship twice, Lasith Malinga getting the job in late 2018 (after having been stand-in captain once, in 2017), while Thisara Perera and even Chamara Kapugedara have also led the team. It’s been like a game of spin-the-bottle, except instead of embarrassing teenage consequences, Sri Lanka have had embarrassing losses. Since the start of 2017, they have lost 41 and won only 11 ODIs.

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Rex Clementine’s Appraisal of World Cup Selections

April 19, 2019

Rex Clementine, Island, 19 April 2019, with the title SLC justify Malinga axing”

Sri Lanka Cricket big wigs justified the axing of Lasith Malinga as the captain of the national cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during a media briefing yesterday. The fast bowler was named captain in December 2018 but after the team failed to win a single game under his charge, the national selection panel promoted Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI skipper for cricket’s showpiece event in England and Wales. Under Malinga, Sri Lanka had suffered 12 straight losses in New Zealand and South Africa in ODI and T-20 cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva, flanked by captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel, stresses a point during a media briefing to announce the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Colombo yesterday.

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India Weight Exeperience in Finalizing World Cup XV

April 19, 2019

Item in Daily News, 17 April 2019, where the title is“India go for ‘big match’ experience in WC picks”

India on Monday named a tried and tested squad for the World Cup led by Virat Kohli with selectors going for experience in all the slots for the marquee 50-over event. Dinesh Karthik, 33, was given the second wicketkeeper’s slot over rising 21-year-old star Rishabh Pant, ending days of speculation over the role. Vijay Shankar’s inclusion means he will probably be the first choice number four batsman, a position which India has struggled to fill permanently.

Karthik has not been on form in recent games, but selectors said they value his performance under pressure over the years.”Definitely it’s a case where we debated at length. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches,” chief selector M.S.K. Prasad told a news conference.

Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni will be wicket-keepers for India at the 2019 World Cup. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Australia’s Other Touring Squads 2019 including Ashes Tour

April 15, 2019

ABC news

Australia A one day squad named

Touring at the same time as the World Cup will be an Australian A side, which includes a number of players on the cusp of the 15-man World Cup squad,”Given the depth of talent and competition for spots, there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15,” Hohns said.That competition for spots has meant Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson — all members of the squad that won the back-to-back ODI series in Asia — will miss out.

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Cricket in Hambantota during World Cup 2011 — in Pictures

March 22, 2017

 

Mahela at a critical junction

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Breaking News Today: 1996 World Cup Squad in Victory Jaunt in Australia … Marking a Golden Era

November 6, 2016

Boasting greater solidity and bodily weight today, the triumphant Sri Lankan cricket team of 1996 were hosted in celbratory manner in the land of the vanquished THEN— in Melbourne, the cricketing centre of the cricketing giants Australia,

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Rex Clementine, in The Sunday Island, 6 November 2016, where the title runs ” Golden era of Sri Lankan cricket”

The World Cup winning Sri Lankan cricket team has just concluded a trip to Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their triumph on that remarkable night of March 17th 1996 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Seeing images of the team touring Australia brought back nostalgic memories as it was the players of this particular team that formed the nucleus of the side that ushered in the golden era of Sri Lankan cricket. The four year period from 1995 to 1998 can easily be considered as the golden era of Sri Lankan cricket for their outstanding achievements and the fear they created in opposition. They were not as dominant as Clive Lloyd’s West Indies of the 1970s, but the exciting brand of cricket they played helped change the way the sport was played.

 

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When Duleep Mendis was felled by Thomson at the Oval, 11 June 1975

August 24, 2015

Mevan Pieris,  in an email note to a relative who sent him the first of these images

“I remember the incident very clearly. Duleep Mendis was batting superbly, striking the Australian bowlers with great ease on a perfect and placid London Oval pitch. He was about 35 runs when Thompson was re-introduced into the attack for his second spell. Thompson was unimaginably fast (100 mph) and deadly as the ball was slung by him with a whipping action and would cut back to the right hander off the pitch. The particular delivery which felled Duleep I saw clearly: it was pitched short outside the off stump and Mendis shaped for a sizzling cut which was his favourite shot. But alas, the ball cut back and struck him right in the centre of the temple.

DULEEP hit-1975 Our dressing room was upstairs in the main Oval Pavillion. As Mendis sank to the ground, Denis Chanmugam and I ran to the pitch instantly. I found Duleep in a hopeless situation with his eye balls turning upwards. Denis and I lifted him up and carried him back to the pavilion. Mendis was made of steel and you can see him even in this hopeless situation shielding his eyes from the burning sun. Read the rest of this entry ?