The Reincarnation of Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

From racing to firecracker knocks to attaining the maturity of Test match temperament is the message derived by the Sri Lankan Vice Captain Dinesh Chandimal’s 356-ball back to the wall 132-run redeeming knock. After a low key series with the bat, Chandimal cut out the brazen that stands out true test batsman ship in pulling the team out of the rut of 5 for 29 in that first lease play out of the third test at the SSC. Standing there in a misty lonely looking scenario joined by newcomer Dhananjaya de Silva after the frontline had crumbled was certainly meek hearted making a setting; the demoralizing type of match situation where the realization is that dependence rested squarely on his… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s historic clean sweep over Aussies marks New Order

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The historic 3-nil clean sweep of Australia in the Murali-Warner home Test series in bouncing back from a recent holocaust rounded off by a 163-run win by Sri Lanka in the third Test at the SSC significantly marked the advent of a new order; a new order that has taken over the torch putting the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara into the good old past. The SSC triumph breathed a new fragrance to Sri Lankan cricket; the arrival of the new generation from 21-year old Kusal Mendis to 24-year old Dhananjaya de Silva, 21-year old Lakshan Sandakan in what was a telling mixture of youth and experience with several trump ups in the ranks. If skipper Angelo Mathews… Read More →

Heroic Dhananjaya de Silva the Yul Brynner of cricket

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Coming tops in 5 wickets down for 26 dire situations that would usually simply devour a greenhorn are the type of heroics on which stars are born; What is more in such middle order situations that had progressively been Sri Lanka’s bogey in recent years. Walking to the middle with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, it took some cricket savvy and guts to do what ton up young Dananjaya de Silva did. The 24-year old lad, who just over a fortnight ago told me with a laugh here and there that it was softball cricket that led him on a cricket career, indeed carved out an incredible innings; an innings importantly built on sheer confidence of… Read More →

The Team will go all out for a historic clean sweep

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Aussies are no pushovers; we played better cricket than them – Mathews As history beckons Sri Lanka for a 3-nil Test series clean sweep of Australia, Sri Lankan Skipper Angelo Mathews, addressing the Media on the eve of Saturday’s final Test at the SSC, the team did step up the accelerator sounding that the course of the match would revolve around spin. “Although the SSC has been traditionally known to favour batsmen, in recent times it has proved to be spin friendly in a departure from the past,” he announced. Mathews was spot on the task ahead echoing none other than Sri Lanka’s 1996 world cup hero Aravinda De Silva’s sentiments that this was a ‘now or never’ opportunity for… Read More →

Sri Lanka Walk the Talk – Thrash Aussies

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Coming out of the woods from a recent holocaust of series losses including away in England, in cleaning up the world No. 1 Test nation Australia in the first two tests, the second at Galle in a record two and a half days by a mammoth 229 runs, has signaled Sri Lanka walking the talk. Indeed, for the Sri Lankan cricket hierarchy headed by incumbent President, Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka beginning to sing in an ominous stroll to already clinching the 3-Test series against Australia is a reflection of the goods delivered in a short time. The selection policy courtesy chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya in mainly a mixture of youth with a few available experienced players like skipper Angelo Mathews,… Read More →

Nonchalant, Exquisite Mendis Makes batting look like a Cascading Fountain

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Nonchalance is the simple descriptive word of Sri Lanka’s new batting star Kusal Mendis. If his two half centuries either way in his debut Test match against England in the leanest of low Fahrenheit weather conditions and the other an elastic like 77 in an ODI including a couple of low but buttressing scores were stock raising, his 176 run marathon epoch match winning knock against the Australians indeed heralded the new prince of Sri Lanka batting.  That nonchalance of temperament in execution of exquisite stroke play underwrote an early batting genius to a certain extent must pale out some of his predecessors who did the job for Sri Lanka.  Authority was stamped all over the colt as he moved… Read More →

Changing batting positions affected my shot selections

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Strong faith in my technique to win Test recall – Thirimanne At 26, Lahiru Thirimanne could consider himself both lucky and unlucky; Lucky that he did make a promising start to his international cricket career  – modest 1056 runs in 50 innings from 26 Test outings and 2586 from 87 innings in 107 matches.  A solitary Test century 155 and 4 half  tons and 4 ODI tons and 16 fifties where in the longer version but more flattering ODI credentials, the former Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa product was quick to be identified by the country’s think tanks in the game for an uncanny inherent talent of copybook beautiful stroke play. Wearing the vice captain’s mantle the within a few… 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 →

Kusal Mendis – New Gold to Sri Lanka Cricket

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Since those giant killing days of Jayawardene and Sangakkara, Sri Lanka has been yearning for a new messiah. The last 2 to 3 years have been hard as the island nation cruises in a fine-comb of its harvest of young batting talent. There have been great expectations for the future. While skipper Angelo Mathews has proved to be the Blockbuster with the bat for his abounding talent, Dinesh Chandimal, the young vice captain has been blood stirring talent for his right handed talent with the bat. Similarly, the left handed young Lahiru Thirimanne too has been an entertaining willow wielder. Both have displayed the type of talent that has made the national selectors look upon the duo as future torchbearers… 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 →