I played according to the situation; Aravinda and Sangakkara my role models – Thirmanne

Lahiru Thirimanne

LAHIRU THIRIMANNE ON TON Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored a match winning century for Colombo versus Dambulla in the opening match of the Super Provincial Tournament, commenting on his knock said that he considered it one of his best as it was a 40-over short game. “The situation demanded quick runs because we had to keep pace with the D/L run rate of 6.5 runs an over due to the nature of the inclement weather. The strongpoint of the innings was that I was able to adjust to the situation that demanded. My side was not too well placed at 20 for 2 wickets when I went into bat. In that context, I had to bat a bit aggressively to maintain… Read More →

When the news came that I am to debut, tears came to my eyes – Roshen Silva

Sri Lanka cricketer Roshen Silva reacts after scoring a century during the fourth day of the first cricket Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Like in cricket’s lifeline player ups and downs, Roshen Silva’s was a long, long wait to make it to the Sri Lanka team. According to Roshen, it was a frustrating wait for the Colts CC player to making his Sri Lanka debut. Roshen had already given up hope of realising that dream that any youngster dreams of. So much so that when Sri Lanka Team Manager, Asanka Gurusinha rang and told him the night before the home third test against India that he had been selected to play, Roshen wanted to cry. The elation was such after quite a long wait. “When Asanka Gurusinha called and told me that I was going to debut against India, I told my wife… Read More →

Fixing batsmen’s mind set key to success over Bangladesh – Batting coach, Thilan Samaraweera

Thilan Samaraweera

Batting coach, Thilan Samaraweera believes that Sri Lanka is on the right track to getting the ideal batting combinations blending in all three formats of the game in the near future. Particularly in view of the 2019 Cricket World Cup players are being further fine-tuned so as to importantly having a surplus of potential player resources to draw from. (Q). The batsmen did click as a unit during the Bangladesh tour in all formats. Your comments? (A). I believe we have made good ground in a short time. The Bangladesh tour has proved it. I must stress that the head coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe’s input made my job easy. During the successful Bangladesh tour, head coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe and I accentuated… Read More →

I do have a dream to get up there among the top ten batsmen in world cricket – Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis poses for a photos with the Man of The Match and the Man of the Series trophies following the presentation ceremony during the end the second Twenty20 (T20) cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

The defining slogan, ‘born with a silver spoon in the mouth’ does befit Sri Lanka’s latest batting star, 23-year old Kusal Mendis whose natural flair has propelled the lad from Moratuwa from a bad patch back to his element. Blessed with a willow work from his childhood days when he swished a bat as a 7-year old at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Mendis does certainly air about business with the bat when he says, “I do have a dream of achieving the targeted goal of becoming among the top ten batsmen in world cricket.” Fresh from his batting exploits in Sri Lanka’s clean sweep of Bangladesh, Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis, hailing from Rawathawatte, Moratuwa, in an interview on Monday,… Read More →

Roshen and Sadeera tipped to debut in first Test vs Pakistan

Roshen Silva

Batsmen Roshen Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrema are strongly touted to play in the First Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday in Abu Dhabi as Sri Lanka quests to break its hoodoo of losses recently. Head Coach Pothas, who has reportedly stated that it is time to shed the transition tag, has singled out the left handed Roshen Silva with a sound domestic record as the most consistent batsman in the last six years as almost certain to fill in the vacant No.5 berth for the injury sidelined Angelo Mathews. The 28-old year old Colts CC product has averaged a pleasing 55.81 in this year’s Premier League Tournament on 614 runs and has been tapping on the door for big stage… Read More →

Young Sri Lanka must play with arrogance against India – Kumar Sangakkara

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“If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India.” Sri Lanka go into its crucial do-or-die game against India with a few concerns having lost its opening match versus South Africa. Firstly, it has its stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for the remaining ICC Champions Trophy group stage matches for a serious over-rate offence and, then, it also has ongoing concerns about the fitness of Angelo Mathews. If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major… Read More →

Sri Lanka batting begins to gel: Has edge over Kiwis

The trophy hype has begun to spin full circle with the warm up matches gaining momentum. Of course, the build up focus is on tomorrow’s game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Warwickshire. While for the record, both sides have lost the first of two games, from a Sri Lankan point of view, the loss to Australia being in a very tight finish, Angelo Mathews’ team would thus not be dented when they take on the Kiwis at The Oval on June 3 . Comparatively, Sri Lanka has the edge having also won handsomely over Scotland the second of two games though they suffered a shock defeat in the first game. New Zealand has failed to touch wood recently…. Read More →

Herath rounds off record to bowl Sri Lanka to victory

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In a 259-run win it was fittingly a captains serenading as the wily veteran spinner Rangana Herath hogged the limelight in that euphoria with a record breaking personal milestone. His world record of 363 Test wickets by a left arm spinner at that level eclipsing New Zealander Daniel Vettori’s 362 was the high point as far as personal milestones go that he extended to winning fusion to put Sri Lanka 1-up in the 2-match Test series. Indeed, in an age defined by cricket mathematics as the fading years of a player’s career, Herath mounting an odyssey of getting better and better as he once again demonstrated by his 6 for 59 to destroy Bangladesh was great stuff. As Bangladesh crumbled… Read More →

Kusal Mendis comes in to his own in machine style

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Kusal Mendis’s return to top gear with an innings of 194 in Sri Lanka’s first Test match against Bangladesh was indeed magical. Having plodded to finding his nick, Mendis was quick to transform his batting in to a run harvesting stroke-play unleashing 19 boundaries and 4 sixes at the Galle International Stadium. It was a knock that put back the muscle of character from a hiccup of poor form at that level for the young star from Moratuwa who turned 22 on February 2. A characteristically free scoring batsman, Mendis considered a key U-19 find for the future, was quick to fire his way with the bat using his feet to good effect in a display of strokes all  round… Read More →

Buoyed Sri Lanka go for clean sweep despite Dickwella suspension

Australia's James Faulkner (3rd R) celebrates the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka (front L) during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Basking in the aura of having already knocked out of contention the might of instant cricket in the 3-match T20 series, it will be a sky high fired up Sri Lanka that will go in to the third and final match tomorrow Wednesday against arch foes Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The 2-nil insulation of Upul Tharanga’s charges following back to back wins at Melbourne and Geelong has already put the Sri Lankans in the box seat of the trophy spoils. Of course, the handicap of the suspended in form batsman Niroshan Dickwella  from a dissent of an umpiring decision, dampening as it is will not deter the Sri Lankans final pursuit. Dickwella has been suspended for two limited-overs matches… Read More →

Individual positives from S. Africa; Young blood will mature from more exposure 

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers plays a shot during their One Day International (ODI) cricket match against Sri Lanka at St George's Park on January 28, 2017, in Port Elizabeth. 
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South Africa’s 5-0 ODI clean sweep of Sri Lanka is a hard to digest result in a scenario of a plaguing injury sidelining of regular skipper Angelo Mathews and stand in Test captain and ODI vice captain Dinesh Chandimal losing his place. For the duo are trump card stuff on which the island nation’s cricket forward drive had shaped up fronting up as prime new generation torch bearers. Of course, trumping South Africa in their own backyard was from the very start a tall order given the superior player advantage the host country enjoyed even before a ball was bowled. Going in to the over month long T20, Test and ODI contests that South Africa had a professionally ingrained string… Read More →

Mendis underscores talent, but South Africa clinically professional

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (R) bats during the One Day International(ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on January 28, 2017. x / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

In an 8-wicket smarting at the hands of South Africa in the opening ODI, young batting spark Kusal Mendis riding back to form on a top score of 62 piercing the boundary line on ten occasions was the only consolation for the relative young Sri Lankan team. Given the strong odds Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lankans were pitted against of a strong batting pedigree of tried and tested frontline of the likes of run machines like A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla and Quintin de Kock and F. du Plessis, it was always a tough call for the visitors; what is more with their skipper Angelo Mathews out of action. That Sri Lanka went in with a debutant in 23-year old… Read More →

Head coach Ford and staff have plateful on their hands

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Skipper Angelo Mathews post-match statement that ‘it was my worst defeat as captain’ is indeed a manifestation as to how badly Sri Lanka was bruised by hosts South Africa in the 118-run innings defeat of the third Test match at Johannesburg last week. It signalled the 3-nil whitewash in a series Sri Lanka was comprehensively outplayed by the hosts in all departments of the game. If the losses in the first two Tests were smarting, the third Test annihilation of Mathews team rubbed the salt in the wounds. Of course, the swaying factor that made the big difference between the two teams was the superior South African pace bowling attack. At the New Wanderers Stadium pitch which is pace friendly… Read More →

Virat Kohli was super star of 2016, Herath in top 10 list

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the fifth and final Test cricket match between India and England at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on December 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Virat Kohli was super star of 2016, Herath in top 10 list;  India No.1 Test XI, Australia No.1 ODI XI By Srian Obeyesekere While Sri Lanka’s spin bowler was the only player from the island nation to bowl himself in to the top ten performers fold, the international cricket year gone by was hogged by India’s Virat Kohli who proved to be the batting phenomenon of 2016, and of course the successor to all time great batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli drove home his status quo by also going a notch further in turning things new succeeding long time Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to cap it in a flamboyance by leading India to finish as the ICC No.1 Test team…. Read More →

Greater discipline required by Sri Lankan batsmen

Sri Lanka batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (R) plays a shot during the fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 29, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka’s 206-run first Test debacle must certainly raise question marks in Skipper Angelo Mathews camp. While the Sri Lankan bowlers did a good job dismissing the opposition for 286 in the first innings, the batting floundering for 201 in reply sqaundered the good work of the bowlers, thus putting the onus on them when South Africa batted a second time to declare on an imposing 406 for 6 wickets. Only relative newcomer Dhananjaya played a disciplined innings to top score with 43 followed by skipper Mathews’ 39 with Dinsh Chandimal at the top order unable to convert his 28 in to bigger things. That apart, it was all pathetic with the top four of Dimuth Karunaratne (05), Kaushal Silva… Read More →