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Aravinda de Silva: No Way Touring Indian Team Be Called A Second String Team

Aravinda de Silva, former Sri Lanka cricketer who was an integral part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga, has disagreed with his former skipper.

Arjuna Ranatunga might have sparked off a controversy with his India ‘B-team’ comment earlier this week, but his former Sri Lanka teammate Aravinda de Silva feels the Sri Lankan side shouldn’t take India lightly.

Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva
Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Aravinda de Silva: It Will Be A Challenge For Sri Lanka To Beat India And Sri Lanka Can Take Confidence In T20 World Cup If They Beat India

A few days back, Arjuna Ranatunga made a claim that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) shouldn’t have allowed the Indian tour to take place as they were sending a second-string side. He termed it as an insult to Sri Lankan cricket.

However, since his comments came, many ex-players and experts of the cricket fraternity have pointed out that this team is in no way a second-string unit, considering that it has white-ball specialists, who otherwise would be playing in ODIs and T20Is for India.

“There is no way we can call this a second-string Indian side. India has enormous talent and this side is as good as any. In fact, it will be a challenge for us to beat this Indian team,” Aravinda de Silva, who is also Sri Lanka Cricket’s cricket committee chairman, said during a media session ahead of the limited-overs series to be broadcast on Sony Sports from July 13.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

“We can take an enormous amount of confidence going into the T20 World Cup (later this year) if we can beat India.”

India is fielding two sides simultaneously – the Test squad will face England next month while the limited-overs side captained by Shikhar Dhawan will take on Lanka. It is worth noting that, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav are all regulars in the Indian white-ball team for the past few years.

A total of six new players have been added to the squad — Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, and Nitish Rana. A total of five net bowlers have also been added — Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simranjeeet Singh.

Aravinda de Silva: Fielding Two Teams Could Be International Cricket’s Future

Aravinda de Silva said this ploy could be the future due to the never-ending Covid-19 pandemic.

“Bubble-life is very challenging for the players. It takes a toll mentally. So it is not only India but other countries too are rotating players to give them time to spend with their families. I believe fielding two teams could be the future of international cricket,” the former Sri Lanka captain said.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

Aravinda de Silva said Rahul Dravid’s disciplined approach to the game will rub off on the players.

“Dravid has instilled the knowledge and strategy in them. Similarly, we have been trying to convince Mahela Jayawardene to take up the role of SL U-19 coach but couldn’t find any success,” he said.

The former legendary Sri Lankan batsman also praised India’s head coach for the tour, Rahul Dravid. He also hinted that Sri Lanka Cricket is trying to get former veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene to play a similar role that Rahul Dravid has been doing for India.

Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Aravinda de Silva Urged Protesting Sri Lankan Cricketers To Perform

Aravinda de Silva, former Sri Lanka captain, and Cricket Committee Chairman has urged the protesting Sri Lankan players to perform instead of complaining over the new contracts.

Sri Lankan cricketers have refused to sign the contracts, alleging Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) hasn’t given them any clarity over how they were assessed and graded. The new contracts have reduced base salaries and introduced performance-based incentives. On the field, Sri Lanka went down to Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series after losing the first two games in Dhaka.

Aravinda de Silva. (Credits: Twitter)
Aravinda de Silva. (Credits: Twitter)

Aravinda de Silva: Sri Lanka Should Win Games Rather Than Complaining

Sri Lanka’s cricketers have released the latest statement saying they are shocked and dismayed as they were left disappointed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)’s decision to make details of the new player contracts public. The players’ statement clarified that none of them would sign any unfair and non-transparent contracts while urging the Sri Lankan board not to hold their players at gunpoint.

In an apparent reference to the loss, Aravinda de Silva was quoted as saying by “The most important fact is that they should get into the middle and play positive cricket and start winning games for the country rather than complaining. This positive approach will encourage us to consider offering them more benefits, like some of the other countries in our region.”

Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)
Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)

Aravinda de Silva asserted that there was no reason for the players to complain as the new pay structure is an absolutely fair one.

“The Committee has been very fair to them by infusing additional benefits than before, which is on a performance-based scheme. We discussed this matter in depth before we presented it to the players. Unlike in the past, we have increased the benefits three-fold (300%) than what it was but purely on the team’s performance,” said Aravinda de Silva.

Following this development, the aggrieved players expressed confidence that cordial dialogue would commence resolving the dispute. The Sri Lankan players are reportedly unhappy at the introduction of a new points-based grading system that would determine their future payments.

As per a report, players would be categorized into four different groups based on points. Fitness, discipline, performance in international and domestic cricket over the last two years, leadership, and overall value to the team would be some of the factors to be taken into consideration in the new payment system.

Aravinda de Silva: Sri Lanka Team Will Be Rewarded Handsomely If They Do Well

Aravinda de Silva, who was the Man of the Match in the 1996 World Cup final for his magnificent 107 not out against Australia, pointed out that the team will be rewarded handsomely if they do well.

“It has to be a collective effort by the whole team. If they win a Test series, we pay them US $ 150,000 which was earlier limited to US $ 50,000. Winning a limited overs series we have offered them US $75,000, which was earlier limited to US $25,000.”

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka. Image Credits: Twitter

“We also introduced a slab for the T20 format, which also runs up to a maximum of US $ 50,000, which earlier didn’t have any rewards at all. Therefore, it is very unfair that our players say that they are not agreeable to this scheme,” Aravinda de Silva concluded.

After 24 revolting players released a statement through Nishan Sydney Premathiratne, Attorney-at-Law, refusing to sign the new contracts, reports have emerged that SLC has set a June 3 deadline for the players to sign on the dotted line. The players have sought details about the assessment criteria, which the SLC is unwilling to share, leading to the current impasse.

In the 3rd dead rubber ODI, Sri Lanka opted to bat and Niroshan Dickwella is back in team XI while Bangladesh has included Taskin Ahmed and Mohammad Naim Sheikh in XI.

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Six Batsmen Who Slammed A Century In World Cup Finals

Every cricketer’s dream is to contribute his best to help them lift the World Cup trophy. He always wants to be part of the winning cause. In this regard, a batsman who registers a three-digit score in the grand-finale gets immense pleasure. His century can change the whole scenario for the team.

It builds confidence in the team and also guides them to victory. But sometimes, his effort might even go in vain. Here, in this article, we have discussed the players six batsmen who scored a century in world cup’s grand-finale

Mahela Jayawardene vs India: 103 runs

Mahela Jayawardene,
Mahela Jayawardene. Image Credit: Getty Images.

In the World Cup 2011, India had early success in the grand-finale against Sri Lanka as the opening partners Upul Tharanga, and Tillakaratne Dilshan lost their wicket within 16 overs.

But Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene took the command of the game. They both build pressure on India’s side and added 60 runs before Sangakkara lost his wicket in 28th over. However, Jayawardene continued the innings and smacked the bowlers. He went on to register a century but lost his wicket soon after that. He scored 103 runs off 88 balls, striking thirteen fours. His innings led the Islanders to set up the target of 275 runs.

However, Jayawardene’s innings went into vain as India lifted the trophy after MS Dhoni hit the winning six.

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

First ODI Wicket Of Top 5 Legendary Indian Batsmen

To win a match, batsmen, bowlers and fielders all take the equal responsibilities. While a batsman hugely enjoys to hit a four or sixer, a bowler similarly enjoys when he takes a wicket. Just like the batting or fielding, bowling also requires skills which come from tireless practice and proper understanding the game.

Though the Indian bowlers have now grown up impressively in international cricket, the Indian cricket is very famous for the batting as the country has already produced many legendary batsmen. Some of those batsmen also enjoyed to pick up the wickets in international cricket.

Here we are talking about the first ODI wicket of the top five legendary Indian batsmen

MS Dhoni: dismissed Travis Dowlin (West Indies)

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Former Indian World T20 and World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni is famous for his multiple successful roles, but not for his bowling where he has hardly tried his luck.

After bowling in two Test innings, where the right-arm medium delivered one wicket-less over in each innings, Dhoni first time bowled in ODI cricket during the Group Stage match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 against West Indies at Johannesburg on 30th September 2009.

During Dhoni’s first ODI over, Caribbean batsman Travis Dowlin hit two fours in the first two balls. But on the fourth delivery of that over, Dhoni bowled Dowlin (14 runs) and opened up his wicket column in international career. It is his only international wicket.

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Top 10 Highest Knocks In Cricket World Cup Final History

The ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup (CWC). Only the final match of this tournament is left to be played. The host side England will face New Zealand in the final of 2019 CWC on 14th July at Lord’s (London).

Before this 2019 CWC final, here we are briefly discussing the top ten highest knocks in the CWC final history.

10. Collis King (West Indies) – 86 vs England in 1979

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Collis King (Image Credit: Google)

When the West Indies batting was in deep trouble in 1979 CWC final against England, Collis King played one of the crucial roles for the Caribbean side to win that match. Coming to bat at no.6 when West Indies were struggling on 99/4, Collis King provided a crucial 139-run partnership along with Sir Viv Richards for the fifth wicket.

King played a quick knock of 86 runs off 66 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes) which helped West Indies to manage the first innings total of 286/9 (60 overs). England failed to chase that target as they were all out on 194 runs (51 overs). The Caribbean side won that match by 92 runs.

Sri Lanka Cricket Set to Rope in Aravinda de Silva

With Sri Lanka’s miseries further compounding after the humiliating ‘tour wash’ against India at home, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to rope in former star Aravinda de Silva in an advisory role.

The disastrous series at home against India only extended Sri Lanka’s miserable performance this year. In the first two months of the year, the Islanders were whitewashed in Tests and ODIs by South Africa. The T20I series win in South Africa and Australia gave some respite, but what followed after that has been nothing short of disastrous.

Sri Lanka failed to win the home series against Bangladesh and exited the Champions Trophy at the group stage. It was followed by a shocking ODI series loss against Zimbabwe at home before they lost all the nine games (three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I) against India.

What is even more worrying is that the team did not show any sign of improvement. Every poor performance was followed by even a poorer one and with the team now in total disarray, and the cricket board is all set to seek de Silva’s help.

“With the Sri Lankan team in total disarray, we need someone with Aravinda’s vision to put things back on track. He will be given full control over matters pertaining to international cricket,” a senior SLC official told Cricbuzz on Sunday (September 10).

De Silva was in a similar role earlier this year when he was the chairman of SLC’s Cricket Committee but resigned from the post due to the difference of opinions with the board officials.

“He wasn’t very keen when we first approached him as he is heavily involved with his business. But we have convinced him to help us out with the Sri Lankan team in dire straits,” the source added.

De Silva had also twice served as Sri Lanka’s chief selector in 2010 and 2016.

Aravinda de Silva (Photo Source: Twitter)

Financial Power has Helped the Development of India Cricket, Says Aravinda de Silva

The Story

The Sri Lankan team is currently going through one of its worst phases at present with the team looking weaker than ever. After an unsatisfying outing against the lowly Zimbabwe at home, The Lankans have shown least amount of improvement in the immediate assignment – the ongoing bilateral series against India.

In the three match Test series – they have already conceded the series after going down 2-0 following losses at Galle and Colombo. To conclude, the India-Sri Lanka Test series is proving to be the biggest mismatch in the history of their rivalry.

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Lankan Legend Unimpressed

Former Sri Lanka skipper, Aravinda De Silva was visibly upset with the performances made by his side. There was criticism from his side but the points he made were completely unrelated to the players and their capabilities and focussed on the financial side of the game.

He feels the Indian team’s strength is related to the financial health of BCCI which helps them divert more money to the development of grass root cricket while the weaker boards like SLC and others have been unable to do so due to limited financial powers.

“From the grassroots level, they have to be up to a certain level, so they (youngsters) work hard knowing what their (required) level is. It’s credit to them for doing it and coming up with such a concept (IPL).

He also credited the role Indian Premier League (IPL) in the advancement of Indian cricket.

“The IPL has helped them (Indian players) in playing against the best players in the world. They are able to bring in all the international players because of the monetary capability of the Indian cricket board. They all bring in the best knowledge into one country because all the best coaches are there in one competition,” said Aravinda de Silva.

“So you have the best knowledge, best competition in one package. That enhances your talent from a very young age,” the former Sri Lanka skipper said in a chat at his residence in Colombo.

Aravinda, one of the batting pillars of the Sri Lankan side in the 1990s was a key member of the 1996 World Cup-winning side. Aravinda along with other legendary names like Sanath Jayasuriya and Arjuna Ranatunga sowed the seeds of the new-age Lankan side that rose steeply in stature.

The veteran, nicknamed “Mad Max” for his free flowing batting, states that he wishes to watch more evenly contested games than lop sided ones.

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Former Sri Lanka captain Aravinda de Silva says IPL played a huge role in India’s domination in world cricket. Image Courtesy: BCCI

“It gives me more pleasure watching a competitive game; it’s better to watch Federer and Nadal play than Nadal against an unseeded player.

“From a spectator’s point of view, they would enjoy a Mumbai Indians versus Bangalore Royal Challengers playing, that is where the real fight is,” said Aravinda de Silva.

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Sri Lanka Players Asked to Ignore the Troll After Slump in Form

The Sri Lankan cricket team has been asked to ignore the continuous trolling which they are facing at the moment after a dismal run of results has ignited the fans to come hard at the cricketers. Even the government minister didn’t waste an opportunity to troll the players online. The Islanders have been pathetic in the last couple of months and haven’t been able to compete with top notch teams.

Mentor Aravinda de Silva conceded that the players shouldn’t be disheartened after losing the 2nd Test to India by an innings and 53 runs and rather look forward to the 3rd Test and salvage some pride. The hosts earlier lost the opening Test by 304 runs which came after the humiliating series loss to minnows Zimbabwe who hadn’t won an away for the past 8 long years.

Before the Zimbabwe series, Sri Lanka also bowed out of the Champions Trophy in the final group game after losing to Pakistan from a winning position.”Young players should not be discouraged by extraneous elements that seek to demoralise them via social media and gossip sites”, De Silva said as per a statement from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

One post joked that the Sri Lankans lost the 2nd Test inside four days because they didn’t want to play on the final day as it was a Buddhist holiday. Harsha de Silva, Government Minister shared a picture of himself on twitter with Indian skipper saying, “Told Virat Kohli #India Cricket to go easy on #SriLanka next Test. 600 a bit too steep.”

Some accused the Sri Lankans of having “pot bellies” by the Sports Minister after they lost the final do or die group clash against the eventual champions Pakistan. It is also learnt that the players met with top officials and coaches in an order to regroup as a unit.

“Sri Lanka are currently facing what is perceived to be a ‘slump’ in their performance and ranking,” the board said. The board is trying to rectify “a series of administrative and strategic missteps over the past several years”, the statement further added.

Aravinda de Silva (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aravinda de Silva Asks Accusers to Come Up With Proof Before Claiming Matches to be Fixed

Former legendary Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva has asked the individuals who blame matches to be corrupt or fixed to come up with evidence to justify their allegations other the matter become baseless when there isn’t any proof. When you are labelling someone as an offender or a criminal you must have evidence with you to support your statement.

It must be learnt here that former Sri Lankan World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga recently made a shocking statement that investigation must be done in the 2011 World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka which eventually India won comfortably in the end despite suffering early setbacks during the beginning of their innings.

Ranatunga said that he was utterly disappointed after the Islanders lost the final and he knew that something wasn’t right. He even went further by saying that he will come up with the evidence one day to prove that the final was fixed. It also meant that Ranatunga had questioned the integrity of some greats of the game including Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan and so on.

“I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt. We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final. I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry,” Ranatunga said. Without naming any individuals Ranatunga said that players cannot hide their “dirt” with their clean white clothing.

It must be recalled here that Sri Lanka had posted a challenging 274 on the board after batting first and while chasing India had lost two of their most important wickets in the form of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. From there on, India staged a dramatic comeback and on the back of fighting knocks by Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni, the hosts eventually won the match and with that the coveted World Cup title.

Aravinda, on the other hand, feels one must support his statement with proof otherwise there is no point in giving these sort of statements.

“You can’t stop people talking when they have a grudge against certain people. One can say many things against them,” Aravinda said.

“But at the end of the day you need to come out and prove what you are saying. It’s fair that they should have all the proof needed,” Aravinda was quoted as saying by the mid day without naming an individual.

“Obviously, it hurts. I think players make mistakes on the field and every time they do, they are likely to be accused of various things,” he concluded.

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Top Five Batting Performances In The India vs Sri Lanka Test history

There have been some prolific performances in the past in India- Sri Lanka Test encounters that have created some astonishing memories in the minds of cricket fans. The 90’s era gave us numerous amounts of memories that are hard to forget.

So today, let us revive some of the finest Test knocks that took place between the battles of two Asian giants:

Rahul Dravid’s 177 at Ahmedabad in 2009

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It’s always hard to imagine Test cricket without the great ‘Rahul Dravid.’ The Indian Test cricket master was expert in taking his team across the winning rope. In the 2009 Test series against Sri Lanka, ‘The Wall’ repeated his similar class act by smashing every Lankan bowler. His innings of 177 runs in the first Test at Ahmedabad is still in the minds of his fans. The innings came at a crucial time when India was struggling with 32 for 4 with top order failed dramatically. This terrific knock kept the hosts in a strong position with 426 runs in the first innings.

The match, however, ended in a draw with Sri Lanka posted a huge 707 runs in their first innings. India, on the other hand, put 412 runs on the scorecard for the loss of 4 wickets in their second innings.