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Satha and De Saram: Batsmen Par Excellence who went to Jail

Nicholas Brookes, in CRICKET MONTHLY, 6 May 2019, where the title is “The story of De Saram and Satha: batting geniuses who went to jail”

Two of Sri Lanka’s greatest batsmen had memorable lives, but they have been nearly forgotten today  Ask any sports fan what it takes for a player to reach the pinnacle of their game and you’ll get the same tired answers. Talent. Temperament. Determination. But sporting greatness also relies on factors more arcane. Like luck. Or opportunity. Being in the right place at the right time. Just imagine if Pelé had been born in Bombay or if Gavaskar had grown up in Brazil. Where would they be now?
Satha found not guilty –and here seen with his lawyer Colvin R de Silva
FC de Saram and Mahadevan Sathasivam are the greatest Sri Lankan cricketers of the pre-Test era. They were born three years apart, and in their heyday either would have walked into any international side. Yet, de Saram played only 40 first-class games and Sathasivam a measly 11. Both captained their nation and their club rivalry captivated Colombo. They are quite possibly the best batsmen you’ve never heard of.

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Cricketing Sense from Ashantha De Mel’s Selection Team

Michael Roberts

Champika Fernando has served Sri Lanka’s cricketing world well by conducting a revealing interview with Ashantha De Mel, the Chief Selector for Sri Lanka Cricket, for the Daily Mirror. Ashantha not only represented Sri Lanka at cricket, but also was a leading bridge player in competitive tournaments. His acumen shines through in the analysis he has provided. While I have met him in passing in the distant past, I have had limited interaction with him: those brief occasions indicated to me that he is a no-nonsense person and would not suffer fools gladly.

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Cricket Diplomacy vital for India-Pakistan Relations today

Allan Jacob, in Khaleej Times,  6 March 2019, with this title “Why India and Pakistan should try Cricket Diplomacy”

In these shallow times, walking away from sport is seen as a tool of war.

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That Memorable Political Moment in Cricket in 1999: WHEN Pakistan beat India at Chennai

Arun Venugopal, in The Hindu, 30 December 2012, …. https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/a-rewind-of-indiapak-matches-in-chennai/article4256150.ece

A generous portion of the magic that resides within storied sporting encounters is churned out by the venues that host them. Like The Championships at Wimbledon, for instance. The unique character of each venue — its look and feel — and the varied influence it has on sportsmen adds to the multi-layered narrative of a contest.

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Indian Cricketers in Patriotic Fervour in Support of Air Force Pilot Abhinandan

Editor, Thuppahi: There is an ISSUE here: does cricket encourage jingoism?

ONE = Item in TimesNewsNow.com, 28 February 2019, entitled Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan laud Indian pilot Abhinandan’s calm demeanour despite being in Pakistan’s custody”

Abhinandan Varthaman, who is in Pakistan’s captivity after his MiG 21 crashed in Pakistan’s territory, has been lauded on social media for his calmness.
Indian cricketers laud IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

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How Dimuth & Niroshan Turned the Tide — The Inside Story

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, February 2019, with this title Sri Lanka rediscover the taste of freedom”

If the players are good enough to play here and compete, that’s what we’re looking to do- Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha, two days out from the series.
Not “they are good enough”; if. Not “win” the series, or a Test; compete.

“We are very green,” Hathurusingha says.

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A Landmark in Ceylon’s Cricket Test History: Beating India in January 1965

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, in ESPNcricinfo in 2013 — 14 August 2013 to be precise — with this heading “When the Lankans won a ‘Test’ in India”

Sri Lanka’s rise in Test cricket is one of the finest underdog stories in the game’s history. England have played Test cricket for 126 years, while Sri Lanka have only competed for 31. Yet Sri Lanka has two batsmen with 10,000 Test runs while England have none. Sri Lanka have also produced the game’s highest wicket-taker: Muttiah Muralitharan’s career haul of 800 is more than double the tally of England’s leading bowler (Ian Botham with 383).

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