Upul Tharanga – A new awakening from cold storage to trophy Glitter

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

From cold storage to strolling the park as the Sri Lanka cricket captain holding aloft the championship trophy! It is an apt summing up of 31-year old Upul Tharanga’s international career. Indeed, the left hander, who walked in to the Sri Lanka ODI team on August 2, 2005 against the West Indies in a home series as an opening batsman partnering Marvan Atapattu, soon insulated himself as an aggressive stroke maker in the role. His epoch making double ton partnership pairing with Sanath Jayasuriya versus England in England in a Test match remains memorable to this day. But Upul Tharanga sadly lost his way following a slight lean patch subsequently. Where many batsmen in that situation had benefitted from the… Read More →

ඉලක්කය 2019 ලෝක කුසලානයයි

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අපගේ මීලග ප‍්‍රධාන ඉලක්කයක් විය යුත්තේ 2019 වසරේ එංගලන්තයේ පැවැත්වෙන මීලඟ ලෝක කුසලාන සීමිත ඕවර 50 තරඟාවලියේ ශූරතාව දිනා ගැනීමයි. මේ අරමුණ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ක‍්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ තවත් ඉලක්කයක් පමණක් නොව රටේ දෙවැනි පුරවැසියාවන අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍ය රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ මහතා ක‍්‍රිකට් කී‍්‍රඩකයන්ට ලබා දුන් අලූත්ම අභියෝගයයි. අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී සැප්තැම්බර් 20 වෙනි අඟහරුවාදා අග‍්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ක‍්‍රිකට් ක‍්‍රිඩකයන් මුණ ගැසුණේ, ටෙස්ට් තරඟාවලියේදී ඕස්ටේ‍්‍රලියාව 3-0 කින් පරාජය කළ ලංකා ජාතික කණ්ඩායමටත් 19 න් පහළ කණ්ඩායමේ එංගලන්ත සංචාරයේදී ටෙස්ට් හා එක්දින තරඟවලියන් දෙකම ප‍්‍රථම වරට ජයගත් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා අවුරුදු 19 න් පහළ කණ්ඩායමට උපහාර පිදීමට පමණක්ම නොව ඔවුනට තව වසර තුනකින් ළගාවිය යුතු ඉලක්කයක්ද ලබා දීමටය. එම ඉලක්කය 2019 ඕවර පණහේ ලෝක කුසලානය දිනා ගැනීමටය. පාසල් ක‍්‍රිකට් ක‍්‍රීඩාව දියුණු කිරීම ජාතික මට්ටමේ ක‍්‍රිකට් ක‍්‍රිඩාව දියුණු කිරීමේ ප‍්‍රධානම මාර්ගය… Read More →

Premier’s buoying world cup tonic to SL cricketers timely

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The buoying tonic to the Sri Lanka cricketers by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to go for the 2019 World Cup is indeed timely. For a young blend at the helm of which is the experienced skipper Angelo Mathews this reminder to the national cricketers from high up 3 years hence to the cricketing showpiece event must serve as soul stirring in the island nation’s new generation thrust to scaling international heights. The concentrated drive that begun some months ago under the administration of the game’s nerve centre’s President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipala has significantly just begun to get into rhythm on the back of new blood or young guns that have raised their hands to deliver. The… Read More →

යහපත් පරිපාලනය නැතිවූ අභිමානය යළි ගෙන එයි

SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala & Secretary Mohan De Silva

දීර්ඝ කාලයක් තිස්සේ අතුරු කමිටු මගින් පාලනය වෙමින් අසාර්ථක පරිපාලන කාලපරිච්ෙඡ්දයක්ද ටෙස්ට් ක‍්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම දුර්වල ක‍්‍රීඩා විලාශයන් දැක්වූ යුගයක්ද නිමාවට පත් කරමින් තිලංග සුමතිිපාල මහතාගේ සභාපතිත්වයෙන් යුත් තේ්රී පත්වූ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ක‍්‍රිකට් පාලක මණ්ඩලය අපට අහිමිව තිබූ ක‍්‍රිකට් අභිමානය දැන් යළි උදාකර ගනිමින් සිටී. ටෙස්ට් හා එක්දින තරගාවලිියන්හි ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීමේදී 1-3 ස්ථානවල දීර්ඝ කළක් රැුඳී සිටි ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා ක‍්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට පසුගිය වසර කිහිපය තුළ හත්වන හා පස්වන ස්ථාන දක්වා පසු බැසීමට සිදුවිණි. ටී 20 තරඟවල හිමිවූයේ අට වන ස්ථානයයයි. දක්ෂ පරිපාලන නිලධාරීන් වන තිලංග සුුමතිිපාල මහතා සහ ලේකම් මොහාන් සිල්වා මහතා ඇතුළු කණ්ඩායමේ දුරදර්ශී සැලසුම් අනුව විදේශික පුහුණු කරුවන්ගේ සහායද ඇතිව ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම නැවතත් හිණිපෙත්තට යාම දැන් අරඹා තිබේ. තවත් ආකාරයකින් පැවසුවහොත් නැතිවූ අභිමානය යළි ළඟා කරමින් සිටී. පසුගියදා… Read More →

Sri Lanka well ingrained in rebuilding drive: Lifted biggest chunk of gold off Aussies

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The humming winds breathe draughts of a new aura for Sri Lanka Cricket flaunted on new blood driven by handpicked foreign expertise, thanks to the far sightedness of the SLC President, Thilanga Sumathipala and his able administrative machinery. Significantly, the Sumathipala administration has put Sri Lanka cricket on track from what was apparently tripped in no man’s land due to no cohesive management plan by several longtime interim administrations that had bungled the country’s cricket. That this new phase of the island nation’s cricket took off on all fours during the recent tour of Australia here is significant. For, the assignment for Angelo Mathews and his charges was like getting past a massive iceberg when it came to the super… Read More →

DIMUTH KARUNARATNE: Cutting School and playing softball cricket made my Dream Come True

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For a player whom it was a guessing game of playing for his country, today, Dimuth Karunaratne finds the world before his feet. Indeed, Sri Lanka’s 2016 Man of the Test Series versus England for whom realizing his dream of playing for Sri Lanka once upon a time looked so remote is all smiles. At 28 years, Frank Dimuth Madushanka Karunaratne finds himself manning the batting of Sri Lanka’s Test team. A tally of 1751 runs from 28 matches and 54 innings with a highest of 186 and modest average of 34.33 for an opening batsman are his Test match credentials since debuting against England in 2012. As Dimuth recalls, “I thought my dream of playing for Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Blockbuster Mathews the impetus to Sri Lanka’s resurgence Says, ‘Life’s all about Pressure’

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It is a critical new voyaging phase of Sri Lanka cricket that the sub continent nation, dubbed the Paradise Isle in the Indian Ocean, seeks new vistas. It becomes pertinently the thrust for a new order in rebuilding in the wake of senior player retirements and injuries to some. It is a search for the Holy Grail for an anointment that was truly saw tiny Sri Lanka bask as the paradise of cricket in the biff bang game. Had not Sri Lanka jolted the rest of the cricketing world just 15 years since entering the International Cricket (ICC) fold in1981, when the Indian Ocean nation brought mighty Australia dubbed the super power of world cricket to its knees? Winning the… Read More →

Aussie home tour acid test for Sri Lanka

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The Australians are in Sri Lanka for a near 3-month tour that does sound exciting to both camps for the very newness both sides carry since last meeting in 2011. A 5-year hiatus is a long time to both sides from Tillekeratne Dilshan leading Sri Lanka and Michael Clarke Australia when incumbent Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was then the vice captain. Since then while Australia, manned by a relatively new name in Stephen Smith, basks in the supremacy of the No. 1 Test team in the world, Mathews does carry the atom of experience of 5 years ago. He would be stealthier this time around having been the host team’s highest run getter with 274 in a 2-match series… Read More →

Dinesh Chandimal took the batting honours

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Vice captain Dinesh Chandimal hogged the limelight as Sri Lanka’s most successful batsman in the recently concluded tour of England. The batting form of the 26-year old right hander was the high point from an individual perspective in assessing the ups in a series that went England’s way in the hosts taking the Test series 2-nil and the ODIs 3-nil.  Chandimal, who turns 27 on November 18, was the second highest run getter in the test series with 172 runt s from 5 innings with a highest of 126 for an average of 34.40 while he headed the ODIs with a tally of 267 from 5 innings with a highest of 63 averaging 53.40. in the second match played at… Read More →

ENGLAND ODI SERIES: Several individual positives for the future

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Sri Lanka has scored on the rebuilding front where skipper Angelo Mathews and the national selectors can take heart from the discovery of potential new talent for the future in ODI cricket. There is still the strongpoint for Sri Lanka of having beaten England squarely in the English’s own den only 2 years ago. That euphoric 3-2 result was steeling satisfaction to the islanders in an year when England got the blues having also been beaten in the Test series. That 2 years hence it is the same man in Angelo Mathews who wore the captaincy mantle does carry a significant poignancy for Sri Lanka for the future. That is in a rebuilding curve having lost some of its steadfast… Read More →

ENGLAND TEST SERIES: Several positives Sri Lanka can take heart from

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In the harsh rigors of Test cricket, Sri Lanka’s campaign, with two overseas Test series triumphs in the hat having won a 1-off series in 1998 and 1-nil in 2014, did hit a wall. That is considering the bad timing of the 3-test itinerary by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in favour of the home team. That the lords of the game scheduled the first two tests in the bitter cold climes of Northern England at Leeds and Durham was a bitter pill to swallow for the Sri Lankans who had thrashed England the last time on tour in 2014. The scheduling this time around in the two initial exchanges was clearly an ill consequence of the English… Read More →

Kumar Dharmasena – a tremendous job as Elite ICC Umpire

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Kumar Dharmasena is going strong performing a tremendous task as an elite ICC umpire. Having made his foray in 2009 as an ICC accredited umpire in the ODI match between Sri Lanka and India at Dambulla, the former Sri Lanka cricketer was quick into his stride in cementing a name as one of world cricket’s most astute officiator’s in the middle. So much so that by 2012 Dharmasena hit the jackpot as world cricket’s No.1 umpire when he was adjudged the Umpire of the Year at the 2012 ICC Awards. The prestigious award won by a Sri Lankan for the first time at that level has served in enhancing not only the stock of the individual, but as much the… Read More →

Dasun Shanaka – New Whiz Kid on the blocks

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Badly bruised in the Test series, Sri Lanka could well be pleased that there are a couple of candidates for the whiz kid job to bleed England come the 5-match ODI series that kicks off tomorrow June 21 at Trent Bridge. That this fermenting hope to Sri Lankans comes from the young larder the national selectors have pinned faith on is indeed a morale boosting factor to the island  nation questing for the ideal gel in a team rebuilding voyage. With several freshers on the line of duty in the lost test series, seemingly  the Sri Lankan juggernaut of raw talent found the harsh cold English climes too much to cope with. It has been a gradual acclimatization that has… Read More →

Sri Lanka yearn for champagne streak of 2014

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If 2014 was a champagne year for in English climes sweeping the boards in a historic 1–0 Test series triumph, 3–2 ODI and one-off T20 success, 2016 evidently sees a back to the wall hurdle. With the Test series lost at 2-nil, the herculean doers of that golden year 2 years ago when the islanders captured the English in their own den, will be in search of a combinative formula to upset a highly revitalised England. come the June 21 ODI opener of the 5-match series.  With the exception of skipper Angelo Mathews, out of the ranks are stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Dhammika Prasad and Lasith Malinga. While the first two have bowed out of the game,… Read More →

Lively pacie Bandara certainty for Lords, Kusal Janith expectant

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“The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords.” The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords with several key issues to be ironed out in fielding a gelling combination against a highly professional England. Kusal Janith beefing up the side for his attacking pinch hitting ability could be a swaying factor while Bandara almost looks a certainty with pace man Shaminda Eranga whose action is being scrutinized, likely to be left out pending the biomechanical clearance. Concerns sounded two days ahead of… Read More →