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Mahela’s Top Ten Test Innings

 10. 141 vs New Zealand at Napier, 2005 a href=”http://www.thearmchaircritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/MJnapier.jpg”>   On a placid track in Napier, after conceding 561 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka needed to make sure they scored as many runs as possible to avoid… Continue Reading →

On-field laurels marred by boardroom politics- Sri Lanka’s year in review

A manic year for Sri Lanka saw them stamping their authority over world cricket with outstanding performances across all formats of the game. The trophy cabinet was accessed more than ever with the Asia Cup, Twenty20 World Cup, Asian Games… Continue Reading →

Chandimal deserves better than this

Dinesh Chandimal’s career thus far has resembled a ball thrown up in the air. The ball soars up, cutting through resistance and rising against gravity to reach a remarkable height, and then loses all the momentum gained and plummets down… Continue Reading →

Getting Sri Lanka’s World Cup combination right

Sri Lanka in 2014 have been riding on the unprecedented form of Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara. Their bowling, even with Lasith Malinga’s presence, has frequently been toothless. The batting, apart from Sangakkara and Mathews, never really consistently delivered. They… Continue Reading →

Are Sri Lankan Tamil cricketers discriminated against?

Why do so few Sri Lankan Tamils take to cricket professionally? © AFP PHOTO A popular theory put forward by some Tamils in Sri Lanka is that the Sri Lankan cricket team does not represent the Tamil speaking population of… Continue Reading →

5 lesser known facts about Sri Lankan cricket

Sri Lanka is the youngest dominant cricket team in the world at the moment. Having been awarded Test status only in 1981, Sri Lanka already have a World Cup and a World T20 title under their belt. Here are 5… Continue Reading →

Top 10 quotes from Chinaman – The legend of Pradeep Mathew

Chinaman – the legend of Pradeep Mathew is a Sri Lankan English fiction written by Shehan Karunatilaka, which won several awards including the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2012 and Graetiaen award in 2008. It is about an alcoholic journalist’s pursuit after… Continue Reading →

Sri Lanka’s all-time Cricket World Cup XI

Sri Lanka is the second most consistent team in World Cups, after Australia, since the 1996 edition in the subcontinent. They entered the semi-finals once (2003), finals twice (2007 and 2011) and ended up as the champions in 1996. Having matured as… Continue Reading →

Batsmen who are carbon copies of legendary batsmen

In any sports players come and go. But, now and then there would be players who debut and never retire from the minds of their fandom. In cricket too, through out history there have been players who ruled cricket and… Continue Reading →

Rating the toughest countries for batsmen in ODIs since 2000

In an era where the contest between bat and ball is actively declining, with the bat ruling the roost in almost every game, making bowlers look like minions, I set out on a hunt to find lands that can provide… Continue Reading →

The West Indian pull-out and why Sri Lankan Cricket Board needs to be wary of it

Very recently, the West Indies abruptly withdrew from the tour of India with one One Day International (ODI), 1 Twenty20 International (T20I) and three Tests pending due to disputes over the payment structure. The recant had severe repercussions with the Board of… Continue Reading →

Team history at Cricket World Cup – Sri Lanka (1975-2011)

Sri Lanka are indisputably the most outlandish side in cricket World Cups, for no other side has ever managed to win a World Cup after having been an associate nation previously. Sri Lanka were a cricketing minnow for 4 World Cups…. Continue Reading →

2014 ICC Awards: Missed opportunities for Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath?

The winners of the a href=”http://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/mitchell-johnson-icc-test-ab-de-villiers-odi-cricketer” target=”_blank”>ICC awards for the year 2014 were announced yesterday, with Mitchell Johnson claiming the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, while Aaron Finch won the T20I Performance of… Continue Reading →

Why ODI series loss against India is a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka

In Mahabharata, Parasuram cursed Karna that he would forget the execution of his skills at the moment of his greatest need. Looking at Sri Lanka’s ODI performances in India historically, it makes one wonder whether they suffer a similar curse, too, when playing in… Continue Reading →

The other face of Kumar Sangakkara: The man who united Sri Lanka spiritually

Many anecdotes have been written about both Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Cricket. The story of Sri Lanka’s World Cup triumph in 1996 is more than an anecdote – it is incredible enough to be pigeonholed as a fairy tale…. Continue Reading →

Satire: Scientists uncover fossils of Offiea Spinnerial

Scientists and archaeologists from the University of Marylebone have uncovered fossils of Offiea Spinnerial, a species that walked on planet cricket 7000 years ago. The fossils were found when a gigantic excavation was carried out on what was purported to… Continue Reading →

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