We have to protect players from injury and focus on T20 World Cup, says Prof. Arjuna de Silva-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Prof. Arjuna de Silva Source:Dailynews Sri Lankan champion leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga didn’t play the third ODI against Australia yesterday at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The team Management is still looking at how he is recovering from the injury said Sri Lanka Cricket Medical Committee Chairman Prof. Arjuna de Silva yesterday. Hasaranga did not play the second ODI against Australia at Pallekele and underwent an MRI scan. Hasaranga was diagnosed with a groin muscle strain during the first ODI at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and his MRI report showed the extent of his injury. ...

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The Cliff-hanger Match at Khettarama: Reflections …. the Day After-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis The fourth ODI held at Khettarama on the June, as we know, was magnificent match …and a cliff-hanger. With the benefit of a night’s sleep, I can venture on a more considered commentary. Cricket is a great leveller is it not!! The skipper Dasun Shanaka had jolted the world with a heroic innings of the Maxwell variety in the second ODI at Palleakele. But, here, at Khettarama in the 4th ODI, he proved to be a lemon: running between the wickets like a novice …. with the first run taken in a dawdling manner, he was run-out at a crucial time. ...

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Roy’s class of 2016 delivering on big stage-by Rex Clementine Source:Island Cynics had dismissed Roy Dias as old school and didn’t give him the credit that he deserved as Sri Lanka Under – 19 won an ODI and unofficial Test series in England in 2016 but when you look at the players he groomed as the nation’s under-19 coach some five years ago, there’s something special about them. There’s Wanindu Hasaranga, who is a star in the world stage already and there are several others who could go on the same way. Within 48 hours this week, Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka scored their maiden ODI hundreds and match winning ones too as Sri Lanka buried the Aussies recording a come from behind series win. ...

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Wanindu to play for Manchester Originals in The Hundred 2022 Wanindu Hasaranga Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been drafted for The Hundred 2022 which is schudled to be played from August 3 to September 3 in England. Hasaranga who is presently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)in IPL was picked up for 100,000 pounds by the Manchester Originals. Hasaranga joined Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore at the IPL 2022 mega auction. The Hundred returns this year after the inaugural edition of English cricket’s franchise short-format competition was held last year. Manchester Originals also have picked Andre Russell, and Sean Abbott as their overseas players for The Hundred 2022. The Hundred was staged last year for the first time by the England Cricket Board. It’s a shorter version of T20 cricket where each side gets to face 100 balls each in their respective innings. Pre-tournament favourites Southern ...

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Sri Lanka: Too rich a magic to be lost for real-by G. Sandip Arjuna Ranatunga, the Sri Lankan captain and the proud Sri Lankan team after winning the trophy on March 17, 1996 Source:Dailynews The beauty of watching Sri Lanka cricketers at their peak was a joy forever. As though reading a fairy tale, characters with sing-song names swung back and forth in the mindscape, as if they were magical creations, wandering in a state of half-truth and half-fiction. The island is barely a good stone’s throw from the Adam’s Bridge at the Southern tip of India, but seemed as though it existed somewhere far away, an ethereal world of mystery spinners and insouciant batsmen, of rubbery fields-men and slithery seamers, who wrapped their necks and arms with magic threads, whose long and melodious surnames exhausted most alphabets in English, who had the longest and the most tuneful national anthem ...

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Why Sri Lanka will be no push-overs for India – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka Sports editor) (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) Source:theroar.com.au Doomsayers in Sri Lanka are bracing themselves for a whitewash by the Indians in the two-Test series, but I have a gut feeling that the tourists will be no pushovers. Dimuth Karunaratne leads a Sri Lankan outfit unusually sitting at the top of World Test Championship rankings currently in its infancy. The Lankans are a team looking for resurgence and they are stacked with a blend of youth and experience. But expert predictions strongly suggest they will be blown away by the powerful Indians led for the first time by Rohit Sharma. The emotional attachment by Indian fans celebrating former skipper and cult hero Virat Kohi’s 100th Test may lift the home team and fend off any possible challenge. India will be in the process of evolution under ...

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What Sri Lanka must learn from their India thrashing – By Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne: eLanka Sports Editor)   The old adage about catches winning matches couldn’t be better exemplified than by the butter-fingered Sri Lankan cricket team, who squandered at least a consolation win in Game 2 and were whitewashed by India. Dropped catches, sloppy fielding and questionable placement cost them the second game that would have been there for the taking with a smarter strategy. Fresh from a trouncing in Australia, the young Sri Lanka squad received a baptism of fire as they had to hurriedly readjust to Subcontinental conditions in a tight schedule that could be classified as unfair. The experience of handling bouncy wickets in Australia, which makes it difficult for the best batsmen in the world, definitely did not get better as the young Lankans took on the might of another lethal bowling attack in world ...

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Sri Lanka T20I squad for India tour announced; Wanindu to miss the series Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka Cricket’s Selection Committee has selected the following T20I squad to take part in the upcoming 03 match T20I series with India. The Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa approved the below-given squad 1st game of the three match series will take place on February 24 at Lucknow.   T20I Squad Dasun Shanaka – Captain Pathum Nissanka Kusal Mendis Charith Asalanka – Vice-Captain Dinesh Chandimal Danushka Gunathilaka Kamil Mishara Janith Liyanage Wanindu Hasaranga Chamika Karunaratne Dushmantha Chameera Lahiru Kumara Binura Fernando Shiran Fernando Maheesh Theekshana Jeffrey Vandersay Praveen Jayawickrama Ashian Daniel – Subjected to Ministerial approval In the meantime, the below-mentioned players who were in the T20I squad which toured Australia will return to Sri Lanka due to injuries. Avishka Fernando Nuwan Thushara Ramesh Mendis All-rounder and spin sensation Wanidu Hasaranga will miss the upcoming ...

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Sri Lanka – India cricket series starts with T- 20s from Feb. 24-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Sri Lanka team celebrating a wicket at last Indian T- 20 series at R.Premadasa Stadium. Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday confirmed the Indian cricket series which will commence from February 24 with three T20 matches followed by two Test matches and one of the Test matches is a day-night affair, pink ball game. The first of three T20 matches will be played in Lucknow on February 24 followed by two games at Dharamsala on February 26 and 27. India revised the schedule for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka, bringing the Twenty20 internationals forward to precede the two Tests on the request of SLC. This change was done after SLC’s request to allow a smoother bubble-to-bubble transfer of their T20I squad, which will have concluded a series in Melbourne, Australia just four days ahead ...

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Wanindu sold for massive amount in IPL Source:-www.newswire.lk Sri Lankan Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been sold for INR 1075 lakhs in the IPL auction 2022 currently underway in Bangalore. Both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings were in a bidding war for Wanindu Hasaranga when the bid was stopped in the middle due to a medical emergency. But once the bidding began again Royal Challengers picked the World no 1 T20 spinner. Wanindu Hasaranga has now become the first overseas player to cross INR 10 crore in IPL 2022 Mega Auction. (NewsWire) ...

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