August 11, 2008

India in Sri Lanka 2008

The business-like Kaluwitharana

Nishi Narayanan

While Sri Lanka and India fight for the series, Sandeep Dwivedi searches out the former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana working as a business development manager at Sri Lanka Insurance. He writes in the Indian Express:

In the years to come this cricket-crazy island will throw up more freaks, mavericks or audacious stroke makers but Kalu will retain his place in history as the man who changed the concept of opening batting — an innovation that resulted in Sri Lanka coming of age in the World Cup. In this slam-bang age, the Kalu-Jaya formula is worthy of making it to cricketing text books. Ask him about the early days of the new experiment and Kaluwitharana paints a vivid picture. “I was batting at No.7 but Arjuna Ranatunga, Duleep Mendis and coach Dav Whatmore suggested that I should open. We were both stroke players and our idea was to attack the bowlers”.

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