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Showing 6-10 of 11 results for WG Karunasena
     
Contract

The Sri Lankan Cricket Board signs contracts with the country’s top 25 players. While this is common practice elsewhere, for Sri Lankans it took on a financial meaning only after 1996 and the madness that followed. Contracts mean that the SLBCC own you, but they also owe you sums that would be considered vast by the Gunasekeras and Tisseras of my era.

There is talk that Australia will not offer a contract to Mark Taylor next season. Such thinking is unthinkable in Sri Lanka. If you once scored centuries, you can live off that steam for at least three seasons of failure. Once you have cemented your place in the side and the cement has dried, a sledgehammer may be required to remove you.

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W.G. Karunasena
11.07.93
     
     
Unsung

The same part of our heart that warms to the underdog should spare some affection for the unsung hero. The defender who assists the goal scorer. The stock bowler who props up the wicket taker. The nightwatchman who scores nothing and saves the game.

I have a favourite unsung hero and it is not PS Mathew. Neither is it MJM Laffir, world billiard champion 1973, who lived in poverty and died in obscurity. It is another forgotten Lankan sportsman. His name is Kumar Anandan.

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W.G. Karunasena
11.07.93
     
     
Nightwatchman

Ari thinks this is a cowardly tactic. Steve Waugh agrees with him. And for once, I may be on the same side. When a wicket falls at the end of the day,

a captain may opt to protect a good batsman by sending out a not-so-good batsman to see the day out. So the good batsman can come in fresh the next morning.

 

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W.G. Karunasena
11.07.93
     
     
Analysis

Ari puts the anal in analysis. I am petty when it comes to human dealings, but not this pedantic. After poring over the ITL footage Ari says he has cracked Mathew’s formulas. He says there are three types of Mathew spells.

The standard spell, the bad spell and the magic spell. Here’s yet another example of some of the garbage Ari scribbles in his books:

 

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W.G. Karunasena
11.07.92
     
     
The Hustle

Opinion is divided. At times I myself am divided when I ponder this. Was Pradeep Sivanathan Mathew in control of his talent or did his talent control him?

Did he think about what he did or did he just do it? Was Mathew’s sporadic success a fluke, born of unfocused genius, or part of a grand plan?

 

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W.G. Karunasena
11.07.90
     
     
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