Murderous bowling of Jeff Thompson against Sri Lanka in the First World Cup series match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Oval in June 1975   ” 6.48 minutes into the video you see me getting hit. I took 6 blows from him on my body. Still he didn’t get me out. Retired hurt at 53. Next to me is Duleep getting hit on the head” – “Sunil Wettimuny” …………… How Sri Lanka showed grit and displayed a ‘never say die’ attitude against the murderous bowling of Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillie in  the First ICC World Cup series match between Australia and Sri Lanka played at the Oval in June 1975. The defiant and gallant batting of Sunil Wettimuny who scored a heroic 53 (retired hurt), Duleep Mendis, Ranjit Fernando, Bandula Warnapura, Anura Tennekoon, and Michael Tissera earned for them and Sri Lanka a place at the High ...

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SRI LANKA’S FIRST TEST CAPTAIN BANDULA WARNAPURA NO MORE! By: Upali Obeyesekere   Bandula Warnapura, who captained Sri Lanka in their first ever Test match against England in 1982, has died at the age of 68, the country’s cricket board (SLC) said in a statement. Warnapura leaves behind his beloved wife, daughter, two sons and grandchildren. He breathed his last while receiving treatment for a brief illness in a private hospital. Earlier this month, he was diagnosed with a high blood sugar level and was hospitalized. Sri Lanka Cricket informed about the development “Sri Lanka Cricket is deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lanka’s first Test captain. We wish to express our condolences to the family at this challenging time on behalf of Sri Lanka’s cricketing fraternity,” an SLC release stated. Bandula Warnapura, who played in two World Cups and led Sri Lanka in ...

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Warnapura has right leg amputated Bandula Warnapura Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lanka’s first Test cricket captain Bandula Warnapura has had his right leg amputated in a diabetes related ailment and is currently in hospital recovering, a family member said yesterday. He said the 68-year old Warnapura was initially in the intensive care unit of the Nawaloka hospital in Colombo after he was diagnosed with high sugar levels hindering blood circulation that warranted an amputation of his right leg. ...

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