Andrew Fernando, in ESPNcrcinfo, 18 February 2019, where the title is “Kusal Perera bats with body, heart and soul in innings of a lifetime”
The vein on Dale Steyn‘s forehead has come alive. He is mid-pitch, biceps taut, knees bent, fists clenched, face red, practically on fire, screaming.
Mitchell Johnson had three furious seasons. James Anderson nicks entire top orders off. But let’s not kid around. If there is a sight that has struck fear into the heart of the planet’s batsmen in the last 15 years; if there is a vision that shakes them to their soul, it is this.
Steyn. His vein. Mid-pitch. Screaming.
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Shamindra Ferdinando, an old essay in Island, 24 January 2017, with this title “The day Kumar Sangakkara felt humbled. Unpardonable failure to capitalize on ‘Spirit of Cricket’ lecture” …. with highlighting emphasis added by The Editor, Thuppahi
Sri Lankan cricketer, Kumar Sangakkara earned the wrath of the war-winning President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government for his hour long “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at the July, 2011, Sir Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. Some politicians and officials depicted the lecture as a frontal attack on the then government. Those who had resented Sangakkara, for being critical of their conduct, cleverly deceived President Rajapaksa. They propagated the lie that the cricketer was challenging the government and was working with the Opposition.
Nan in Sunday Island, 6 January 2019
The year 2019 is well established, with mercifully a legitimate government in place and people having celebrated the Christmas Season in joy and peace in a milieu of stability. The first item in many an English speaker’s diary – interested in creative writing in English – and maybe others’ diaries for the New Year is the Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) scheduled from January 16 through 20. Nan has been lucky in that she has attended all festivals from the very first one in 2007. She’s making her way to Galle for the Festival with three friends and her son: hotels booked; festival passes bought and anticipation running high to savor writing in English literature, including drama and other side items. The two national languages are also catered for.
Text of Letter from Ben Colby to Melbourne Cricket Club, 30 December 2018 … see with highlighting emphasis added by The Editor, Thuppahi and Colby bio-data at end
Dear Melbourne Cricket Club,
I am writing in relation to the Crowds Complaint Process at the MCG and the maladministration of it by Victoria Police that I witnessed in Bay M21 during the afternoon of Saturday 29th of December 2018. Indian cricket supporters were threatened with eviction and fines by a police sergeant, allegedly following the Crowds Complaint Process, for no apparent reason other than that they were supporting the Indian men’s cricket team. Supporters of the Australian men’s cricket team behaving in the same manner in Bay M21 were not targeted by police. Continue reading
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Anindya Dutta, in The Cricket Monthly, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “A dinner in 1946”
It was the last tour by undivided India to Britain. It was the summer of Merchant and Mankad, and independence was around the corner.The year was 1946. England was caught between the exhilaration of emerging victorious from the Second World War and the devastation the war had wrought upon the country, both in terms of people and resources. Rationing was still in place, and the economy was in tatters.For six long years, while war raged, cricket had taken a backseat. There had been little first-class cricket, and the battlefields claimed some of England’s most talented players, like the venerated Hedley Verity. There were only 11 first-class matches in the 1945 season. Nineteen forty-six was the first year when a normal county season was scheduled and Test cricket could again be played. Cricket was seen as a way to restore a feeling of normalcy to a country severely affected by war and its consequences.
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Michael Roberts, Courtesy of Colombo Telegraph , October 2018
This is a provocative piece on the last stages of Eelam War IV in 2008/09 and on its aftermath of Reports and You Tube cut-and-thrust. It makes specific claims in assertive style. These assertions are founded on lengthier articles with their supporting evidence. So, it is by assertion that I proceed. Continue reading
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