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 →

‘Ape Kollo’ Feeling as Never before for Lords Showdown

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The hard hitting Angelo Mathews, with the proven track record to take the fight to the opposition, will be the man to carry Sri Lanka’s thrust. The arrival of young Kusal Mendis from the cricket crazy town of Moratuwa, sounds exciting. The riding back to form of Chandimal must put the smiles on Sri Lankan faces. – Srian Obeyesekere expounds An ‘Ape Kollo’ Sri Lankan feeling must ring within as a 0-2 down back to the wall Sri Lanka prepare to reverse fortunes in the Lords 3rd Test match on June 9. Sri Lanka is known for its inherent capability to bounce back, and the rediscovery of its batting muscle in a second innings total of 475 at Durham must certainly be morale… Read More →

Jerome Jayaratne answers questions from fans via social media

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Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Head Coach Jerome Jayaratne answered questions from fans submitted via our social media platforms. We were overwhelmed with the response from Facebook and Twitter, but we tried to narrow them down to provide a good representation of what many fans were curious about. Questions from Facebook  Q: Eranga Senarath: How are you going to improve the fielding skills of our team and physical fitness of the players?  A: The key to this is just hard work with no short cuts, like a glass of water you only could drink as much as you put into it, the skill training to improve fielding is in motion & the physical training is being handled by Michael Main our trainer who is an… Read More →

Tamil Union’s Record-Breakers

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By Suresh Murugaser Tamil Union C & AC created history once again by establishing two world records and a Sri Lanka domestic record in the just-concluded Sri Lanka Premier League Season. 1). The team recorded the highest ever first-class total in one day in World cricket history, when it scored 530 runs for the loss of six wickets in its match against Sri Lanka Air Force on the 13th February this year. This was at the SLAF Grounds in Katunayake, which is by no means the smallest one in Sri Lanka. In 90 overs, the batsmen hammered 15 sixers and 62 fours in the 90 overs at the rate of almost 6 runs per over for that day. 2). Captain… Read More →

MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Disappointing Sri Lanka found wanting right across the board

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Former Sri Lanka spinner says now is the time to rebuild and reassess To say the nine-wicket loss to South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was a bad day for Sri Lanka cricket is a massive understatement.And although I do not want to be critical, the reality has to be faced that while much of the pre-match talk was of South Africa’s past record of choking, when the crunch came it was Sri Lanka that was found wanting right across the board.I give South Africa full credit for the way they played as, having lost the toss, their fast bowlers were excellent first-up and that created the situation where the spinners were able to steal the show. But Sri Lanka’s selections, the batting order and the way… Read More →

MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Win the toss and do not get too hung up on de Villiers

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I have two messages for the Sri Lanka squad and captain Angelo Mathews ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Sydney: win the toss and do not get too hung up thinking about AB de Villiers. The toss, I believe, will play a vital part in the outcome of the match. The side batting first in One-Day Internationals at the Sydney Cricket Ground wins 58 per cent of the time according to the statistics but, in the pressure of a knock-out match as this one is, I reckon the advantage of runs on the board counts for even more than that figure suggests. It is a ground I know very well – I played eight ODIs there – and if you can… Read More →