Heavy rain curtails first day with India 50/2


It took until the tenth match day of the Test series for the Sri Lankan rain to make its first telling arrival. There is no such thing as a timely interruption, but if there was any break that was most inopportune, then it was on day one of the final Test at the SSC ground. Friday’s (August 28) opening session was unfolding beautifully. A green pitch full of live grass, heavy overhead conditions that facilitated swing, batsmen unaccustomed to such conditions. It was classic Test match cricket with only the stage subcontinental. Angelo Mathews did something that few captains in this part of the world dare to do – stick the opposition in on winning the toss. Virat Kohli said he… Read More →

Wriddhiman Saha & Murali Vijay ruled out of the remainder of India¹s tour of Sri Lanka

Wriddhiman Saha

BCCI Media Release The BCCI medical team confirms that Wriddhiman Saha & Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka due to an injury. Saha has sustained a strain in his lower right hamstring and would require rehabilitation and strength training to recover completely. Vijay has sustained mild reoccurrence on his pre existing injury in his right hamstring and would need further strength training to recover completely. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket keeper Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as their replacements to join the team

India levels series in Sangakkara finale


In the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka escaped from near-certain defeat to one of its more famous home victories. At the conclusion of the fourth day’s proceedings at the P Sara Oval, there was to be no second strike of lightning in the same series, Kohli tasting his first Test win as skipper and ruining Kumar Sangakkara’s last hurrah in international cricket. At 72 for 2 overnight upon being set 413 for a remarkable, series-clinching victory, Sri Lanka needed to bat out of its skins on the final day on Monday (August 24). Scaling the target down looked very difficult, but a slightly more realistic prospect was batting out time in arguably difficult conditions, with the pitch playing a… Read More →

ICC hails retiring Sangakkara as “a legend of the game”


In 2007, Sangakkara became the first player to make scores of 150 or more in four successive Test matches, and in February 2014, he became just the second player (after Graham Gooch) to score a triple century and a century in the same Test. “In stepping off the field of play for the last time we wish Kumar and his family well and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game.” – D Richardson The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has paid tribute to former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today.Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in… Read More →

End of an Era: Kumar Sangakkara signs off from Test Cricket


Kumar Sangakkara, who got out for 18 in his final Test innings, ends as the fifth-highest run-getter in the Test Cricket format. Sangakkara played from 2000 till 2015 and scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests with 38 Hundreds and 52 Fifties with the highest score at 319. He scored at an average of 57.40. He also took 131 catches and did 20 stumping. The Sri Lankan great follows Sachin Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Rahul Dravid of India in the all-time list of leading Test scorers. Sangakkara had already taken retirement from the ODIs. He scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs with 25 Hundreds and 93 Fifties at an average of 41.98. He… Read More →

Rahane ton, Ashwin strikes puts India in charge


Ajinkya Rahane is the strong, silent, uncomplaining type, a no-fuss individual who goes about his business, seemingly not unduly affected by adulation or criticism. Ask him to bat at any position in any format of the game, and he will immediately take up the challenge. Ask him to stand at gully to the faster bowlers and at slip to the spinners, and he will ensure he is as well prepared as is humanly possible to ensure that he doesn’t let the bowlers down. Rahane’s first foray at No. 3 in Test cricket didn’t quite pay off, as he went fishing outside off and edged Dhammika Prasad to third slip on Thursday’s day one of the second Test. The right-hand batsman… Read More →