Sri Lanka geared up for 300th Test match-by Rex Clementine Although the Sri Lankans were whitewashed 3-0 in the T-20s that just finished, the Tests are expected to be a much closer contest with Sri Lanka banking on the experience of Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne. Source:Island The Mohali Test that gets underway later this week will be a landmark one for Sri Lankan cricket as this is the nation’s 300th Test match. Since gaining Test status 40 years ago, Sri Lanka have gone onto achieve many unique feats over the years. The World Record for most wickets in Test cricket is owned by Muttiah Muralitharan, whose 800 wickets has been untouched for over a decade and it is expected to stand for quite a long time to come. The nation also has produced many fine batsmen. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, both of whom have scored more than 10,000 ...

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Russel Arnold: Sri Lanka’s Forgotten ODI Star By Michael Roberts Source:cricketique.live During the course of the World Cup 2015 watchers were occasionally served up statistical tables of leading run-scores in the history of World Cup or ODI cricket. Sri Lankan fans would have been especially attentive to those featuring Sangakkara’s stellar career and record breaking levels. On one such occasion I was intrigued to see Russel Arnold’s statistics appear at the tail-end of an august list of names. Primed by Arnold’s appearance as a TV commentator and his impeccable performance in this role, I proceeded to do some research on the topic and began with a statistical picture of a comparative kind that is quite revelatory. This picture raises issues about media-hype and our very own memory banks.   It would be fair to say that the batsmen stars in the ODI memory store of Sri Lankan cricket enthusiasts over the ...

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Mahela to boost Sri Lanka U19s’ Youth World Cup campaign-by Reemus Fernando Mahela Jayawardene will leave the island on January 9 to join Sri Lanka Under 19 team in West Indies. Source:Island Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to join Sri Lanka Under 19 team for the ICC Youth World Cup in West Indies. A Sri Lanka Cricket official confirmed that the consultant coach will leave the island on January 9th to join the team which has already left for the Youth World Cup. “Mahela will be with the Sri Lanka Under 19 team during the entire tournament. He will leave the island on January 9th and will remain with the team during the entire competition,” Ashely de Silva, the Sri Lanka Cricket CEO said in reply to a query by The Island yesterday. Sri Lanka Cricket appointed Jayawardene as the ‘Consultant Coach’ for the National Teams with ...

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Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will equal the World Record for most consecutive fifties in Test match cricket if he scores a half-century in the first innings of the second Test against West Indies in Galle starting Monday. Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has hit a purple stripe this year and the 147 he scored against West Indies in the first Test in Galle this week was his fourth hundred in 2021. The 33-year-old came up with an similarly solid 83 in the second innings as Sri Lanka won by 187 runs with  a session to spare. His feats have seen him accruing 854 runs this year in Test cricket at an average of 77. Only Joe Root and Rohit Sharma have scored more runs in 2021 although they have played more games ...

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Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – by Sunil Thenabadu Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will equal the World Record for most consecutive fifties in Test match cricket if he scores a half-century in the first innings of the second Test against West Indies in Galle starting Monday.   Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has hit a purple stripe this year and the 147 he scored against West Indies in the first Test in Galle this week was his fourth hundred in 2021. The 33-year-old came up with an similarly solid 83 in the second innings as Sri Lanka won by 187 runs with  a session to spare.  His feats have seen him accruing 854 runs this year in Test cricket at an average of 77. Only Joe Root and Rohit Sharma have scored more runs in 2021 although they have played more games with the England captain participating ...

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Mahela Jayawardene, Janette Brittin and Shaun Pollock inducted into ICC Hall of Fame – by Sunil Thenabadu ( Sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: Daily mirror Photo Source:elanka via Daily News Photo source:Kyro Sports Mahela Jayawardene, Janette Brittin and Shaun Pollock have been announced by the International Cricket Conference as the latest inductees into the famed ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.  These three legends are to be inaugurated by fellow ICC Hall of fame Sir Clive Lloyd at the much-awaited final between New Zealand and Australia on Sunday the 14th November before the commencement of the match at the Dubai International Stadium.  ...

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T20 World Cup Winners List Year Wise Source:cricfann.com The Men’s T20 World Cup is a tournament organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in which cricket teams from all around the world compete. Basically, there are 16 teams in which ten teams are selected from the top 10 rankings of the teams while the rest six are from the qualifiers of the previous World Cup. Generally, the T20 World Cup Winners List is held every two years but due to Covid-19 issues, the World Cup of 2020 couldn’t take place. Also in the year 2018, the World Cup was not played as ICC Championship Trophy took place in 2017. So, the idea of the World Cup for the next year dropped. The next T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in 2021 in UAE and Oman. The matches will be played in October and November. Earlier India was confirmed ...

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Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Mahela Jayawardene as consultant during T20 World Cup Source:Wionews Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the consultant of the Sri Lankan squad for the first round of the 2021 ICC Men`s T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Friday. Jayawardene, who is currently the head coach of the Mumbai Indians, will join the Sri Lanka team in UAE (Bio Bubble to Bio Bubble) immediately after the completion of the ongoing Indian Premier League. He will share his vast experience and provide invaluable strategic support for the players and management team during a 7-day period from October 16-23 when the team will play Namibia, Ireland, and the Netherlands as they seek to qualify for the Group Stages. ...

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The kid who came to Colombo to study law-by Rex Clementine In late 1990s, there was a kid from Kandy who came to Colombo to pursue his studies in law. In 1980s, the universities had been closed due to the JVP insurrection and as a result there was a backlog in enrolling students to complete their degrees.  The kid from Kandy had to wait for two years for his chance to enter university in a bid to become a lawyer going in the footsteps of his father. So with lot of spare time at his disposal, he decided to play some cricket and was employed by Informatics for a salary of Rs. 4000. Brendon Kuruppu was running cricket at Informatics. Around the same time, the national cricket team fared so poorly in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999 in England despite being defending champions. Captain, seniors, cricket board and ...

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Ananda-Nalanda clash put off due to COVID-19 Action from an Under-19 cricket match Source:Dailynews The 92nd Battle of the Maroons Inter-School Big Match between traditional rivals Ananda College and Nalanda College which was scheduled for June 5 and 6 has been postponed due to the prevailing health situation in the country. The encounter was scheduled to be played in Colombo. Out of the 91 matches played, Ananda have won 14 with Nalanda accounting for five and 67 matches drawn. ...

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