Last evening, I was reliably informed that the Army and Navy top brass – the very top brass – had indicated that both Rohitha Rajapaksha and his elder brother and national captain Yoshitha Rajapaksha should not continue to play for the Army and Navy teams and that they be relieved of their captaincies. As a result it is unlikely that ...

Chasing in a ODI game is tough. But on the plus side, unlike the side batting first, there’s the advantage of knowing exactly how much you need to get. This is a sword which has the double edge of ‘scoreboard pressure’ as well as ‘certainty of target’. The Uncertain Target Syndrome, when batting first, is what dictates the innings’ velocity. ...

Make no mistake, Sri Lanka’s best batsman has been batting like a dream in this tournament. He has a hundred a ninety and some other very good scores given the context of the games. Unlike many times in his career he has not gotten out cheaply and has gotten out trying to accelerate the scoring. Only in the 4th ODI ...

I’ve been banging on about this for a while now, and it’s getting a bit old. But in typical fashion I am going to keep flogging this horse. As I said yesterday, Sri Lanka haven’t given themselves the best chance of winning this World Cup. Lasith Malinga is not yet fit, and we don’t have enough quality fast bowling to ...

I’ve been quiet for a month. Sorry about that, but things happened. Like the election, which I was very concerned about and had to keep a tab on. Happily though, 2015 has seen the installation of two leaders I am very chuffed about, and as I write my first blog of 2015, welcome to President Maithripala Sirisena and also to ...

Mahela Jayawardena is a Gemini. Also known as the twins, symbolised by two faces looking in opposite directions. Also reminiscent of the Roman god Janus (where we get January), whose two heads look forward at the new year and back at the old year. Geminis therefore are often two people in one. The twins are not looking in the same ...

What’s wrong with our World Cup squad, I hear you ask? Well a lot, if you ask me. Yes, this is a 30 member pool and there are a lot of untested names. But the most notable absentee in the squad is Logic. With Foresight also being unlucky to be left out. But let’s face it. This 30 isnt’ going ...

Somehow I’ve always considered myself as being relatively rational in the face of death. I realise it is inevitable and that it must be prepared for, both spiritually and ironically, physically. So I don’t know why the news of Phil Hughes’ death shook me so much this morning. Why it almost produced tears, and why I’m still struggling to come ...

A bit of both actually. The good thing is that selection changes have been made. And that was necessary because the squad that went to India certainly wasn’t going to win us a world cup. It’s good to see that as much as I’ve been banging on about it for 18 months now, it needed a debacle for any action ...

Honestly the Sri Lankan media is becoming more and more like their former colonial masters, and most of us are also becoming like a bunch of whingeing Poms. Seriously, guys! It’s a game of cricket and sometimes a guy gets in a zone. Like Gilly in 2007 and Rohit Sharma yesterday. It happens. It’s shit when it happens against us, ...

Honestly the Sri Lankan media is becoming more and more like their former colonial masters, and most of us are also becoming like a bunch of whingeing Poms. Seriously, guys! It’s a game of cricket and sometimes a guy gets in a zone. Like Gilly in 2007 and Rohit Sharma yesterday. It happens. It’s shit when it happens against us, ...

So the DM has struck again portraying Sanath Jayasuriya, the Chief Selector, as being entirely miffed at the so-called ‘leaking’ of team plans to the press. Sangakkara and Mahela have previously fallen foul of the establishment for their utterances, but the due have had a peaceable relationship with Sanath upto now, after the whole ‘retirement’ saga was dealt with. You ...

So the DM has struck again portraying Sanath Jayasuriya, the Chief Selector, as being entirely miffed at the so-called ‘leaking’ of team plans to the press. Sangakkara and Mahela have previously fallen foul of the establishment for their utterances, but the due have had a peaceable relationship with Sanath upto now, after the whole ‘retirement’ saga was dealt with. You ...

The international rugby fraternity has been all agog with Sri Lanka featuring highly in the exodus of Fiji’s champion sevens players from the Fijian Rugby Union. Only yesterday, the Championship winning captain Setefano Cakau has confirmed his arrival in the Sri Lanka to play domestic club rugby, turning his back on the team that he led a couple of years ...

The international rugby fraternity has been all agog with Sri Lanka featuring highly in the exodus of Fiji’s champion sevens players from the Fijian Rugby Union. Only yesterday, the Championship winning captain Setefano Cakau has confirmed his arrival in the Sri Lanka to play domestic club rugby, turning his back on the team that he led a couple of years ...

I always find it amusing how much doom and gloom descends on social media and general conversation when the Sri Lankan team doesn’t do well. They really are an oasis of joy in the desert of Sri Lankan mediocrity. But it can also be dangerous, when we place so much emphasis on the performance of a few blokes on whom ...

I always find it amusing how much doom and gloom descends on social media and general conversation when the Sri Lankan team doesn’t do well. They really are an oasis of joy in the desert of Sri Lankan mediocrity. But it can also be dangerous, when we place so much emphasis on the performance of a few blokes on whom ...

I love these weekends. Where so much happens that I don’t even have time to cover all of it properly on Monday’s edition of The Score. Also, the Club rugby season is back, which is going to take a bit of watching. In Cuttack Sri Lanka were swept aside by to centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and the belligerent Shikhar Dhawan. ...

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