Gamini Dissanayake

Gamini – the man who changed Sri Lanka’s cricket fortunes

The 26th death anniversary of Gamini Dissanayake fell last week. His untimely death at the prime age of 52 was a bitter blow for cricket and to a large extent the country as a whole. We dedicate today's column...
Jones, Lara, Hussey, Dhoni

Jones, Lara, Hussey, Dhoni: who was the best against Sri Lanka?

Such a fine analyst of the game, Arjuna Ranatunga comes up with gems at times. Writing a tribute to Dean Jones in the English daily The Island, the World Cup winning captain came up with some sharp observations.   Read -...
A tribute to those who do a thankless job

A tribute to those who do a thankless job

Most people miss Kumar Sangakkara’s batting. The press miss his media briefings. Sanga once said that the selectors were like God moving about in mysterious ways. He was having a go at Sir Richard Hadlee, who had controversially left...
Striking a balance between pace and spin

Striking a balance between pace and spin

Sri Lanka's selectors have named a host of fast bowlers in the preliminary pool chosen for the bilateral series against Bangladesh and the consensus is that most of them will be retained in the pruned squad of 15.  Read -...
World Cup flight

An average better than Sanga’s

The numbers of Kumar Sangakkara are so splendid that it would be a feather in anyone’s cap if they are able to end their careers having done better than him. Read - Flight back home from Lahore There is Angelo Mathews...

Going mental on-field

My brain power depends on my retained mastery of analyzing in detail what’s happening in my world and in my mind and body. I must continue to practice to retain my constructive and analytic powers. The goal is to...

Bringing out the best of Thisara Perera

In New Zealand last week, Thisara Perera threw caution to the wind after Sri Lanka’s run chase in the second ODI had got off to a disastrous start. The left-hander broke a series of cricket records and into the...

Not all fast bowlers are mean, there’s Rumesh Ratnayake as well

The Christchurch Test match 35 years ago saw seven Sri Lankans making their debuts. Something that was forced on the Sri Lankans, after some of their top players going on the rebel tour. To add insult to injury, both...

Much to learn from an unsung hero

It is not uncommon for a spinner to go beyond 40. John Traicos was 45 when he played in Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test match in 1992. Our own D.S. de Silva played one day cricket at the age of 42....

Sri Lankans will always remember Brett Schultz

Some of the finest fast bowlers the game has produced have come to Sri Lanka and left an indelible mark. Wasim Akram was the absolute genius while Sir Richard Hadlee humbled us in 1980s. Kapil Dev and Imran Khan...

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