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Two Sri Lankans in Victoria’s Cricket XI …Hallelujah!

Michael Roberts

Two players of Sri Lankan parentage are presently playing for Victoria in their Sheffield Shield game. The 31 year-old medium-pace bowler Ruwantha Prasad Kellepotha has joined  Chandrasinghe  in the Victorian Eleven

 Kellepotha is aged 31 years and was born in Kandy but educated at S. Thomas College, Matale. He is primarily a leg-break bowler.

Ashley Philip Chandrasinghe is just about 21 years of age  … birthday coming up on December. He is primarily a left-hand opening batsman, thoug h he can bowl leg-breaks and googlies. His entry into the Victorian squad at sucha young age suggests great expectations in the Victorian cricket community.

Russell Gould’s article below provides several interesting sidelights.

Russell Gould: “New Victorian batting star reveals his links to Test star Usman Khawaja” ..…………  There’s already a buzz about Ashley Chandrasinghe after his debut century and if he follows his hero there’s a Test in his future.

New Victorian batting sensation Ashley Chandrasinghe has found a friend in Test opener Usman Khawaja but hasn’t quite worked up the courage to ask for a connection to his batting hero.

The elegant 20-year-old left-hander made an eye-catching, and unbeaten, century on Sheffield Shield debut against a Tasmanian attack featuring former Test quicks Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird last week that immediately put him in the spotlight.

As he reflected on his breakthrough innings Chandrasinghe, who is of Sri Lankan descent but Victorian born, said he “owes Australia everything”. He revealed Aussie Test great Mike Hussey was the man he modelled his batting on as he made his way through junior cricket.

Victoria’s new head of cricket is David Hussey, Mike’s brother, but the low-profile Chandrasinghe, who made 119 not out while facing 334 balls in that ultra-impressive debut innings, hasn’t asked for a hook-up just yet.

Ashley Chandrasinghe receives his debut cap from Chris Rogers. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Ashley Chandrasinghe receives his debut cap from Chris Rogers. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

And while plenty have put the prospect of a Test call-up in Chandrasinghe’s own future, he’s more concerned about just getting another game for the Vics.

“Any kid playing cricket aspires to represent Australia and get the baggy green,” he said at the Junction Oval on Thursday. “It’s definitely something you want to strive towards. I’ve only played one game, so I’m just trying to take it each game as it comes – if that comes further down the line, then so be it.

“I suppose it gives you a bit more perspective and context when you achieve the things you have been wanting to achieve and you look to push further a little bit as well. But I’m still just trying to work towards the next game and keep getting better. I try not to put any pressure on myself … just try to do as well as I can and keep pushing for Victoria.”

Chandrasinghe said he did make a connection with Khawaja as a rookie while attending his first Australian Cricketers’ Association players’ day. Having previously told the story of how the Test star told himwe’re the only brown ones here, we’ve got to stick together”, Chandrasinghe said Khawaja made him feel immediately comfortable in a room full of stars he looked up to.

“I didn’t really know anyone there and I was just really excited to be in a room with some well-established players,” he said. “I was by myself and (Khawaja) came over to me and introduced himself and we sort of got talking and he was just really good to talk to and what he’s gone through at the highest level.

“He said we have to look out for each other a little bit.”

Chandrasinghe stunned with an unbeaten century on debut. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Chandrasinghe stunned with an unbeaten century on debut. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Chandrasinghe said he “definitely” surprised himself with his first innings for Victoria despite having been a prolific century-maker at all levels below first-class cricket.

It was an innings, however, that gave him confidence to kick on having battled his own way to the big stage after falling out of most junior pathways.

“The route I took, I’m really happy I was able to push my way through that. I wouldn’t change anything,” he said.

“At the time when I was in the junior pathways I thought it was the end of the world when you don’t really do that well. But as long as you find a way and keep pushing through, you can reach the end goal.”

Chandrasinghe will next be in action for Victoria when they face Queensland at the Gabba, starting next Thursday.

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Michael Wille: A Necessary Hero

Eardley Lieversz

I spoke to Michael Wille over the phone on 7th July of this year. I was visiting a former neighbour and she got Michael on the line.

I confessed to him that he was my first cricketing hero and that the 1957 Royal-Thomian was the first one I remember watching. I repeated what my dad told me about him sleeping on his late father’s bed before the game.

 

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Rangana Herath: A Tubby Spinner Extraordinary

Rahul Bhattacharya in ESPNcricinfo’s The Cricket Monthly,  October 2016, where the ttile reads “When Ranga comes ’round ….. In praise of a spinner whose contributions are as generous as his girth”

Nobody, except perhaps some of Shane Warne’s opponents and text-message correspondents, has ever disputed the theory that the world is a better place with tubby spinners in it. I am not trying to be body-typist here. Tall, limby ones make a fine sight too. Anil Kumble was, so was Daniel Vettori. In his own way so was Ravi Shastri, whose “long levers”, to use what might be a Shastri-ism, met above his head and ran on with his action like successive arches of a viaduct.

 

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Grand Victory & Huge Totals at Pallekele

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo.com

 

   Sri Lanka 314 for 6 (Asalanka 83*, Mendis 67, Rashid 4-37, Nabi 2-56) beat Afghanistan 313 for 8 (Ibrahim 162, Najibullah 77, Rajitha 3-60) by four wickets ………. Charith Asalanka produced the innings of his ODI career so far, hitting 83 high-pressure runs off 72 balls to help Sri Lanka orchestrate a record chase of 314 at Pallekele and help his side level the three-game series 1-1.
While Asalanka produced the roaring finish Sri Lanka’s ininngs required, with some help from Dasun Shanaka and Dunith WellalageKusal Mendis had delivered the early impetus, breezing to 67 off 61 balls in an opening stand worth 101 with Pathum Nissanka.

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Michael Wille on His Cricketing & Migrant Journeys

Michael Wille passed away in Melbourne this week. His account of cricketing life at Royal College in the mid-1950s and his experiences in Melbourne in subsequent decades was, I am proud to say, featured in oneof my defunct websites a few years back and Ralph Wickremaratne & Justin Labrooy brought it to my attention.  HERE it is word for word. May he rest peacefully …. with a bat alongside him Michael Roberts

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Snap! A Classic ‘Catch’ of a Classic Catch

 

This photographic snap is a classic because of the frozen imagery of all involved! It must surely outdo that of Bradman on the ground having tea (https://thuppahis.com/2022/11/21/mid-pitch-tea-for-don-bradman-12-others/).

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Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka at Pallekele

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPN,  November 2022, with these headlines: “Ibrahim, Farooqi, Naib lead Afghanistan to comfortable win” …. Hasaranga counterattacked with a rapid fifty, but Sri Lanka still didn’t get near their target

Ibrahim Zadran struck 106 as Afghanistan’s top order set them up for a commanding 294 for 8, before the bowlers – Fazalhaq Farooqi, Yamin Ahmadzai, and Gulbadin Naib – ripped through Sri Lanka’s batting order, sharing nine wickets between them.
Gulbadin Naib finished with figures of 8-0-34-3AFP/Getty Images

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The Cricketer Athletes of Ceylon: 1940 and Thereabouts

Michael Roberts

The Janashakthi Book of Sri Lanka Cricket 1832-1996, edited by SS Perera for the Janashakthi organisation of the Schaffter family (Colombo, 1999) has an invaluable photograph within page 206 of the Athletes who represented Ceylon in “what was then an annual contest” (p. 205). This shot has been ‘rekindled’ for digital presentation by David Sansoni of Sydney.

 

 

 

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The Boers in Ceylon

A NOTE from Wikipedia:  “The Second Boer War (AfrikaansTweede Vryheidsoorloglit. ’Second Freedom War’, 11 October 1899–31 May 1902), also known as the Boer War, the Anglo–Boer War, or the South African War, was a conflict fought between the British Empire and the two Boer Republics (the South African Republic and the Orange Free State) over the Empire’s influence in Southern Africa from 1899 to 1902″ … with the collage below.

 

 

 

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Mid-Pitch Tea for Don Bradman … & 12 Others

A Rare Interlude in 1938

…. recovered thanks to Helene De Rosayro … & …. Dushy Perera in separate streams

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