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Sri Lankan Bowler Lahiru Gamage Wouldn’t Be Out Of Breath Bowling In Delhi If He Lost 20 Pounds.

by Anura Guruge



I have been meaning to comment on this for quite few months.

Quite a few of the Sri Lankan cricket team carry too much weight around their belly — classic Dahl belly.

Being even 10 pounds overweight makes a difference when playing cricket at the Test level. You are on the field, when fielding, for 6 – 7 hours.

Gamage is the worst — and he is supposedly a fast bowler (though I think he is more medium pace, than anything else).

Him getting sick in Delhi was understandable. He is too fat. Yes, I, given that I too am 20 lbs overweight, should not be complaining, BUT I am nearly 65-years old and no longer playing cricket. [Though to be fair I was fat when I played cricket.]

Anywho …

Gamage needs to go on a low-carb diet.

Suranga Lakmal

Rangana Herath


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Sri Lanka Cricketers Wear Masks In Delhi During 3rd Test — Too Ashamed To Show Their Faces.

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From cricinfo.com. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to full article below.

Link to original at cricinfo.com.


I first saw this whole sorry incident in the 2nd day Highlights on Willow.

I was incredulous!

I then went and watched the ball-by-ball video to get the whole picture.

It came across as GAMESMANSHIP! It was embarrassing. Sri Lanka continues to further its reputation as unsporting cricketers. That is shame.

Yes, they are being totally outclassed by India and it must be hard to be in the field getting pounded by the Indians — especially Koli.

But the mask thing just made them look petty and pathetic. It really came across that they were, quite rightly, too ashamed to show their faces.

It upset me. I hate to see the spirit of cricket being besmirched.

There should be further action. The whole team should be FINED.

Other teams should REFUSE to play Sri Lanka. Boycott them until they learn some manners.


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India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, November 2017 — What A Test Match Should Be.

by Anura Guruge



Wow. This was quite the Test match. Exciting, enthralling and engrossing. I was totally captivated. Could not wait to see the highlights of Days 2 -5.

Kind of knew that the rain stoppages would lead to a draw — BECAUSE I could not envisage another Indian collapse in the 2nd innings. And in that I was right.

I think India could have won if they had another 30-minutes! And that says it all about the twists-and-turns of this game.

A wicket with the first ball of the match. Wow.

A way to start the series.


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As Zimbabwe Frees Itself From The Despot Mugabe, My Thoughts Are With The Zimbabweans.

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From the New York Time, November 15, 2017.


As I was getting ready to write this I realized to my horror, embarrassment and chagrin that as far as I know I do NOT know of any Zimbabweans on a direct basis! The ‘sins’ of living in rural New Hampshire.

I had the honor and delight to see and meet the ULTRA TALENTED Oliver Mtukudzi, in 2015, when he performed at the HOP. I even got to ask him if he liked (and followed) cricket and the answer was definitely in the affirmative.

I am, as I have stated many times, rather fond of the Zimbabwean cricket team. They play like I used to play. A bit like the West Indians of yore. I am particularly fond of those featured above.

I knew that these were difficult times in Zimbabwe. Mugabe had to go. I just hope it all works out well. They deserve it.

I wish them the very best.


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Rare & Nice To See A Young International Cricketer Wearing Glasses, Pakistan’s New Imam-ul-Haq.

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Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


The ultra-famous uncle. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inzamam-ul-Haq


Click to ENLARGE are read here. From ‘cricinfo.com’ — of course.


Glasses or no glasses this ‘boy’ can bat. Hundred on ODI debut! Only the 13th batsman to have done that. Pretty select group with some famous names — but also conspicuous by the names that are not on the lost. Only one West Indian, dear Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge’s longtime opening partner. Imam-ul-Haq is only the second Pakistani. No Sri Lankan has done it — as yet.

I watched the highlights reel for that 3rd ODI. Pretty gutsy, gusty and increasingly entertaining innings. At first I couldn’t be sure, underneath the helmet, whether he was wearing glasses. He was. I can’t remember the last batsman I saw batting in glasses.

Of course we all remember Clive Lloyd. He always wore glasses.

Gordon Greenidge wore glasses for a short time in the 1980s (when he was going through a rare rough patch). I remember him in his glasses. Here is a picture. You have to look carefully to see the glasses. Like so many others he then switched to contacts.


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Face Injury Suffered By Sri Lankan Chamara Kapugedera, From A Lobbed Ball In The 3rd ODI, Is Horrific & Amazing!

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This is a screen grab from a YouTube video. See link below.

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This is a better video. Click image to access.


I saw this last night while I was watching the highlights of that 3rd ODI, Pakistan v. Sri Lanka.

Couldn’t believe it on multiple levels. First and foremost that is quite the swelling and quite the injury. Wow. I have seen quite bit of sports injuries, having played a ton of sports in my prior life, but nothing like that.

The other thing I could not fathom was that it was not thrown at him. More of a gentle lob. Must have just hit him awkwardly.

Also not sure why wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella lobbed the ball at him. He is not the captain and he wasn’t due to be bowling. Very strange.

But, that swelling. That is something else.


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South African Quinton de Kock’s 168* Against Bangladesh In The 1st ODI Was Brilliant. Scintillating.

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/ Click to ENLARGE and study here.



I have been publicly raving about young Quinton de Kock for over 2-years now. From the first time I saw him, in an ODI, I recognized at once, that he was a rare talent — and it did not require any genius on my part to do so. This ‘boy’ exudes class, confidence and competence. He can bat and his wicket-keeping is pretty special too. South Africa is very lucky to have him.

His innings, with my other perennial South African favorite, Hashim Amla, was amazing. They both paced themselves so well. Quinton, one way or another, got most of the strike, 145 balls to Hashim’s 112. I don’t think Hashim minds. Now that he is getting older I get the feeling he is quite content to accumulate runs, slowly, and keep his end up.

Before we even got to the halfway mark of the South African innings I kind of felt that this was going to be a 10-wicket victory — as it was. But, they did drop Quinton, on the boundary, right at the end when they only needed like 6 more runs. That would have been sad. But, luck prevailed.


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