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 →

MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Batting quality means there’s still plenty to be positive about

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It may seem like an odd thing to write after losing a match by 64 runs, but I am feeling very positive after Sri Lanka’s defeat against Australia. After conceding a mountain of runs, the batsmen once again showed their quality, and for 40 overs Angelo Mathews’ men really kept the opposition on their toes. And in Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka have the number one one-day batsman in the world at the moment. You can talk all you like about Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell – and all of them have played superbly in this tournament – but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all. His feat of scoring three World Cup hundreds in a row is incredible and… Read More →

Four Lankan Masters

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Ramachandra Guha In 40 years of watching international cricket, one of the absolute highlights remains an innings I saw by the stocky Sri Lankan, Duleep Mendis. It was played at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the first week of November, 1975. Sri Lanka, which had not yet been awarded Test status, were touring India, and playing the North Zone in preparation for the unofficial ‘Tests’ to follow. Mendis’s father was a cricket fan, naming his son after K.S. Duleepsinhji, nephew of the immortal Ranji. Duleep, who — like his uncle — played for Cambridge University, Sussex, and England, was an artist with the bat, using skill and timing to great effect. His Sri Lankan namesake, however, relied more on brute… Read More →

“Don’t Underestimate Sri Lanka at the Champions Trophy” : Russel Arnold

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Ex Sri Lankan Cricketer who played 44 Tests and 180 ODIs and is now a well known commentator – part of the commentary team for the Champions Trophy – Russel Arnold spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about Sri Lanka’s squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka’s chances at the aforementioned event, Sri Lanka’s ability to regularly produce world class and unorthodox cricketers and much more. By Saj Sadiq (3rd June, 2013) During the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game between Sri Lanka and India, we’ve seen both the possible strengths and weaknesses of the Sri Lankan team. What are your thoughts on the Sri Lankan squad and how do you think the team will perform at the Champions Trophy, in… Read More →

Bhanuka Rajapaksa – Interview

19 year old Bhanuka learnt the rudiments of the game at his Alma Mater Royal College Colombo. He not only captained his prestigious institution, but went onto represent the Sri Lanka under 19 team in the recently concluded under 19 World Cup in New Zealand. Sri Lanka Cricket has given this young talented left hand bat great opportunities by giving their under 19’s exposure by arranging tours against their counterparts in South Africa, England, Australia, and also a home series against Pakistan and Bangladesh. Bhanuka was the leading scorer for his country in the World Cup aggregating 253 runs, he also showed his class against the Australians in their own back yard when he pummeled the strong Aussie attack to… Read More →

Fielding should trigger two dismissals – Kalpage

Former Sri Lankan all rounder Ruwan Kalpage returned home to bolster the preparation of the Sri Lankan national team for the upcoming World Cup in 2011 to be played in the subcontinent after a stint with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for 2 years. Kalpage shared his views related to many aspects of the game with srilankacricket.lk team. Q: Tell us about your experience in Bangladesh. BCB drafted me into their national Academy. I was totally in charge of the coaching at the academy. During the time I took over, BCB was under tremendous pressure as they were on a weak loosing streak at international level. The pressure was mounting as questions were raised regarding their eligibility for Test status…. Read More →