Like in any other sport, the worldwide fan following is the life-blood that passionately nourishes and sustains cricket. Though they happen to be the most important stakeholders of the game, by and large, cricket fans are a neglected lot, as well.
Don’t they deserve to be treated with greater respect and dignity?"
Nine o’clock, the morning of 6 April 2014, still in bed and staring at the ceiling. Emotions ran high. “A penny for your thoughts,” said Jagath. “After four ‘finals’ losses in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012, the benefit of the law of averages is long overdue,” I replied. “They should give a fitting farewell to […]
Eighteenth March 1996. The return flight finally took off from Lahore at around 6.00 am. An event that had to wait for twenty-one years happened 35,000 feet in the air. Two ‘wounded soldiers’ on adjoining beds at St Thomas’ Hospital, laid low by an excessively aggressive ‘Mr Thomson’ in the first World Cup in 1975 […]
England will host the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup from 30 May to 14 July, this year. Ten nations would compete in the round-robin format, with the top four teams advancing to knock out stage, semi-finals and final. At the time of writing, nearly all teams seem to have issues to contend with; […]
Ranjan Mellawa hopes Sri Lanka will be inspired by their past performances in world tournaments and achieve something special at the next World Cup. As the Cricket World Cup draws nearer, let’s revisit some record-breaking Sri Lankan individual and team performances in previous tournaments. Sri Lanka was the first Associate team to defeat […]
Ranjan Mellawa thinks it’s not all doom and gloom for Sri Lanka, and they can still make a good fist of the next World Cup. In an all-time low, Sri Lanka capitulated to Afghanistan by 91 runs in the Asia Cup 2018. Angelo Mathews, already tipped to lead in the forthcoming World Cup, […]
Ranjan Mellawa believes that injury prevention and management, along with the quality of bench strength would be critical success factors at the next World Cup. Mahela Jayawardena’s masterpiece (103*) gave Sri Lanka a commanding total of 274 for 6 in the 2011 World Cup final. Never before had a Jayawardena century led to […]
I was eagerly awaiting to read “Wind Behind The Willows” after seeing the publicity for its launch in Sri Lanka with one of my heroes, Roshan Mahanama. I am grateful to the author that a friendly debate on Twitter with him about match-fixing enabled me to finally find a way to read the book; facilitated […]
In the group stage at the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka scored an imposing 268 after a magnificent 124 (129 balls) by Marvan Atapattu, solidly supported by Aravinda de Silva’s 73 (78). Having lost their sixth wicket at 212, South Africa needed 57 off 45. With rain falling steadily, it was all but certain […]
The State Literary Awards 2018 was held on 11th September with the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to honour those Sri Lankans who enriched literature in all three languages in 2017. First held in 1957, this year marks the 61st anniversary of this prestigious event, a fact not equalled anywhere globally. Over 2,000 submissions of […]
When the euphoria of 17 March 1996 sank in, most of us believed that Sri Lanka’s crack at a future World Cup Final was a pipe dream. But less than a decade hence, amidst administrative chaos and limited resources, Sri Lankans proved otherwise by illuminating the 2007 World Cup with unorthodoxy and skill. Having brushed […]