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Batsman-keeper or keeper-batsman?

A highly talented four-Test wonder, a Lord's centurion, an explosive batsman, the current captain and his successor behind the stumps make up the wicketkeeping shortlist

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

March 8, 2010

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Prasanna Jayawardene focuses on the ball, Galle, August 17, 2009
Prasanna Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's current Test keeper, is considered one of the best by fellow contender Mahes Goonatilleke © AFP
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Picking a wicketkeeper for the national team has never been a problem for Sri Lanka since they have produced some of the greatest glovemen the game has ever seen, before and after the Second World War. The sad part is, the cricket world never heard of many of them because Sri Lanka had not qualified for Test cricket at the time.

VC "Pug" Shockman was one of the finest keepers of the pre-war years, until Ben Navaratne came along. Navaratne gave keeping a new dimension by standing up to the stumps, even to fast bowlers, which forced the batsman to divide his attention between bowler and keeper. Another exceptional keeper was Dr Herbert IK Fernando, who was once ranked the best in Asia at a time when India had Farokh Engineer and Pakistan, Imtiaz Ahmed. Then followed Ranjit Fernando, a flashy wicketkeeper who also opened the batting and played for Sri Lanka in the inaugural World Cup in 1975; the aggressive Russel Harmer, who played in the same era as Fernando; and Mahes Goonatilleke, who played in the pre- and post-Test eras and was good enough to easily top the jury's list. It is pity these excellent glovemen, apart from Goonatilleke, could not play Tests, for their skills, toughness and competitiveness would have matched those of the present generation of keepers.

Guy de Alwis, unusually tall for a wicketkeeper, standing over six feet; Brendon Kuruppu, the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score a double-hundred on Test debut; and Hashan Tillakaratne, who made his Test debut as a wicketkeeper-batsman, are some of the keepers of the Test era who narrowly missed out.

The contenders

Mahes Goonatilleke
Regarded by many as the finest Sri Lankan keeper ever. He was not only lightning fast but also tidy and possessed of excellent footwork. He could also bat and opened for his country in Tests. He played in his country's inaugural Test against England that year and appeared in only four more Tests and six one-day internationals, being banned by the authorities for undertaking a rebel tour of South Africa at the end of 1982.

Amal Silva
Silva was a wicketkeeper and left-handed batsman who played in nine Tests and 20 ODIs from 1983 to 1988. He and Guy de Alwis were in contention for the first-choice keeper's berth, and when the latter was injured for the tour of England in 1984, Silva seized his chance and scored a hundred at Lord's. He retained his place for the historic home Test series against India in 1985 and scored a career-best 111 and dismissed eight batsmen in the second Test, which turned out to be Sri Lanka's first Test and series win. He finished the series with 22 dismissals - a Sri Lankan record.

Romesh Kaluwitharana
He came to prominence for his explosive one-day opening partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya which helped Sri Lanka win the World Cup in 1996. He also scored a century on Test debut against Australia in 1992, and when he was promoted to open with Jayasuriya during the 1995-96 tour of Australia he responded with back-to-back fifties scored in double-quick time. He was a competent wicketkeeper but was marginalised once Kumar Sangakkara, who finally succeeded him, emerged on the scene.

Kumar Sangakkara
He began his career as a batsman but subsequently became a wicketkeeper. He then developed into a world-class No. 3 and the burden of juggling the two roles began to affect his batting, so in 2006 he gave up the Test gloves to Prasanna Jayawardene while continuing to keep in limited-overs cricket. But he is more often mentioned for his outstanding skills with the bat than with the gloves.

Prasanna Jayawardene
Goonatilleke once rated Jayawardene the best wicketkeeper Sri Lanka had had for some time. After he toured England in 1998 as a 19-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman, Jayawardene was considered a prospect for the national team, but the presence of Kaluwitharana and the emergence of Sangakkara meant Jayawardene's appearances were limited - until 2006, when the selectors decided that they needed to ease the burden on Sangakkara.

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Posted by carbandpunk on (March 9, 2010, 20:38 GMT)

Basically what i'm saying is even though the first two may have been amazing, you cant compare them to the other 3. If we get a new wicket keeper and he has an AMAZING 5 match tour and plays better than any keeper we have seen, we will not pick him for the XI because he has played very few games

Posted by carbandpunk on (March 9, 2010, 20:33 GMT)

Not trying to offend anybody but i see a lot of people talking about the cricket "greats" like Mahes and Amal Silva... I have never seen them play, but a few weeks ago when people were talking about dilshan and samaraweera they were saying how they cant be in the XI because they haven't played enough... amal silva played 9 games and Mahes played 5. Everyone keeps on saying that Prassana Jayawardene is one of the best wicketkeepers in the world but having said i dont think that there is much that he can do that Sanga and Kalu can't do. All three are good enough wicket-keepers. I selected kalu as he was a very concrete wicket keeper and he may not be a specialist test batsman but we cant forget that he was good enough to be succesful as an ODI batsman which makes me believe that if we needed an innings from the middle order, we would more likely get it from him then from prassana J. I definitely hope Sanga makes the team since he's easily my favorite player but not as a wicket keeper

Posted by aslamnnnn on (March 9, 2010, 16:31 GMT)

my choice is going to be sanga coz hes a good batsmen too and then it gives the all time XI another slot recognized batsmen

Posted by dasunnirmala on (March 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT)

All these players are very good players and they are very good behind the wicket. but here we have to pick one. Romesh is very good with both bat and Glove. Prassanna is also good. But my choice is Sanga. Because he got talent as batsmen as well as wicket keeper.Nowadays teams need more skills. So Sanga will be my choice. Second choice will be Romesh.

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 12:55 GMT)

I will select Mahes for his agility and energy in the field when he was keeping. He only played a handful of tests but the energy he bought to the field was amazing. Keeping is something you are borne with and not a trade to learn. Keeper should be selected base on keeping and then let him learn batting gradually. The mistake most teams make is to pick a batsman and try to teach him how to keep. I have seen international teams on the field with a batsman who keeps and it is easy to see the body language. Just observing the body language you can say they are going to loose the match on the first day of a test match. Successful teams in the world always have a great keeper because keeper is the most important position in the team. Keeper is the one who motivate and bring the energy in to the field with constant movement and encouragement to other fielders.

Posted by chandau on (March 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

Said this before and I say it again; very few who make comments here have seen the "greats" in action. Further, we played very few tests in the formative decade or so and also the tour to SA deprived us of seeing the best in test era. Ruwan Perers has come up with some recent names (and i have played against Pubudu at school level). I wonder if he had the pleasure of seeing Sunil Jayasinghe and Hemantha Devapriya (to name but 2) in action in the local club scene. They were considered the giants of the colombo clubs but Mahesh Gunatillake was the king of the mountain coming from the hill country. Ranjith from Canada has seen some of the best of the past (lucky guy). Any one who knows a bit about the game and had the pleasure of seeing MG play would not look for another (though PJ comes in as the best of current lot). cheers

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 10:56 GMT)

Sanaga >> It will give a better balance to the team and further it will ensure the team can either play an extra batsman or a bowler. Take Gilly for an exmple

Posted by   on (March 9, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

For sure mahesh is the best wicket keeper with quality of keeping. But in long run with suppoting the evidences i have, i would like to select Prasanna jayawardena as my first choice. Mistakes are so rare from his side with compared to other world class wicket keepers in today screen .

Comparative to Sanga, he is far ahead with keeping. also we need to have some good keeper for tests as rightly doing now. may be he will be having more competition in near future with the appaearence of all smart dinesh chadimal.

but there are few wicket keepers who were in the screen for some time with our team. Chamara dunusinghe, pubudu dasanayake,lanka silva are some good names to recall with our test team. we have missed good names like rashan peris, Charith silvester in last few years due to non availability of a slot for a regular WK. it was funny some times to see Romesh K was replaced with Hashan for keeping duties about a decade back .

Posted by DwightR on (March 9, 2010, 3:54 GMT)

strictly on the basis of choosing the best avaiable player it would be sanga, he is a capable wk and too great a batsmen.

Posted by Cam_PT on (March 9, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

This is a really tough one. One of the toughest yet. The early two I have discounted only because all we can go on is word of mouth as even their first class records are next to nil. Can we seriously pick Sangakkara in this position? He is soon to play more Tests as a batsman. On that evidence we might as well pick Clyde Walcott as the keeper of the West Indies and I don't think anyone will do that. Kaluwitharana has a pretty good record at Tests and an excellent first class record. Questions on his keeping? So it seems. Jayawardene has a great Test record even if his first class is poorer. But no-one at least seems to question his keeping skill. That seems good enough, but for how much longer will he last in his career. It's always tough selecting an existing player when they may not even be half way through their career.

Posted by BillyCC on (March 9, 2010, 1:16 GMT)

The question posed depends on the style/purpose of the team to be selected. If we are selecting on the basis of "team that has the best chance of winning", then the balance of the side is important. In this case, Sangakkara gets the nod. You can't argue against a powerful top-order batsmen who can keep wicket (and very competently too). It allows the extra bowler, which Sri Lanka would definitely need if it were coming up against other All-Time Country XIs. If we are selecting on "merit based on specialist positions" then Sangakkara does not make the team and a specialist keeper must be chosen, along with five batsmen, an all-rounder and four bowlers. Sangakkara can then be considered for the batsmen position. Finally, if we are selecting on a "best players to play for the country that somewhat resembles a team" basis, then again, Sangakkara would get the nod.

Posted by cricketchopper on (March 8, 2010, 20:37 GMT)

I am sure that choice of cricket fans is Sangakara but choice of selectors would be Mahes Gonatilke

Posted by NakibAhmed on (March 8, 2010, 20:09 GMT)

Sanga is my choice...may have not been the best keeper of all time,but him not being in the all time srilankan XI will lead me to doubt the existence of justice :P

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 8, 2010, 19:48 GMT)

I've picked Amal Silva simply because he had a run of quite amazing form with bat and gloves simultaneously. Pure magic!

Posted by waspsting on (March 8, 2010, 19:40 GMT)

Jayawardena. I want Sangakarra as a batsmen (his keeping isn't off the highest class, and his batting is much better as pure batsmen). Kalu not a good keeper at all. don't know much about the first two guys - but the first guy doesn't have a great batting record. Jayawardena is a top class keeper (rarely drops a catch or misses a stumping) and a decent bat.

Posted by dorrel_1974 on (March 8, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

I would like to choose Prasanna Jayawardene because he is averaging close to two dismissals per innings, while most of the others are like 1 & 1/2 per innings. he has two centuries and two half's as well. his batting ave is the best of the wicket keepers except for sanga of course. but for me he is a good enough keeper and batter.

Posted by Ranjt_Canagaratnam on (March 8, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

Gentleman,

I had the privilege of watching Ranjit Fernando, Russell Harmer, Guy de Alwis, Amal Silva, Brendon Kuruppu and Mahes Goonatilleke before leaving the shores of Mother Lanka in 1984.

My choice is Mahes Goonatilleke. He was like Sri Pada behind the stumps. A treat to watch, solid and very stylish. I hope he will contribute his knowledge to the present generation of aspiring young wicket keepers.

Ranjit Canagaratnam, Vancouver, Canada

Posted by bishpera on (March 8, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

Looking for a wicket keeper It's Prassana.

Posted by nafzak on (March 8, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

If I had to pick a SL team, I would have Sanga as wicketkeeper, because I believe that even though he may not be the best ever wicketkeeper that Sl has produced, any deficiency would be vastly offset by his batting.

My problem is why include Sanga with the batsmen if they were going to place him with the wicketkeepers? I have already chosen Sanga as a batsman when I could have chosen him as wk/batsman and added another top batsman to further strenghten the batting.

So I picked P. Jayawardene

Posted by dineshp97 on (March 8, 2010, 13:08 GMT)

amal silva is one of the best if youre looking for a pure wicketkeeper

Posted by NavodS on (March 8, 2010, 10:48 GMT)

For a test team you need to have a genuine wicket keeper. So I would go for Mahes Goonatilleke. We need to have him at number 7 with six batsmen on the top (Sanath, Marven, Sanga, Aravinda, Mahela, Thilan/Hashan).

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 10:03 GMT)

It has to be sanga as he is a proven test bestmen and pretty good keeper... although no disrespect to others none of them has a proper and world class test batting record which is essential these days. So my vote goes for sanga.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 9:58 GMT)

Romesh kaluwitharana.Romesh Kaluwitharana

Posted by chandau on (March 8, 2010, 9:57 GMT)

Why list 5 when there was none better than Mahesh G as a test WK. There have been greats like Ben Navaratne, HIK Fernando, Mahesh Rodrigo et al before Test era. PJ comes in a close second in these times. Glad i was around to see MG keep in both club & international matches. Also remember he kept to the best spin combination we ever had; Ajith De Silva, D S De Silva and Lalith Kaluperuma. Sanga is stilll earning the art of keeping and is not in the same class of gentlemen mentioned above. PJ of late has spent more time practicing batting to the detriment of his glove work. Kalu was never a great keeper, he was a good allrounder and Amal Silva is as good as Hasahn T for a test match. cheers :)

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

in my opinion sanga has to be the best one day keeper mainly due to his batting and in test matches i would put prasanna

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 9:34 GMT)

Even though I salute kalu for his slam-bang career with Sanath Jayasuriya, Its gotta be Sanga for me. Clear winner ahead of all

Posted by Subra on (March 8, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

It is indeed a pity that we are restricted to choosing only those who played Test cricket - otherwise Dr H I K Fernando would have been a shoo in! But guess would have to settle for Prasanna, since I selected Sanga as a batsman. Siva (who played with him at the Varsity) from Singapore.

Posted by GEBF on (March 8, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

Hello Boyz, I have played with Mahes G & seen the others in action, WK wise Mahes is ahead by a country mile; He is best collector on the leg side and his reaction to Ajit De Siva, DS de Siva & Ashantha De Mel was a treat to watch.Sadly though he batted No 9 .

Posted by Partha25 on (March 8, 2010, 9:10 GMT)

I dont think sanga isn't good behind the stamp. I think as he is the best bats man among the other wicket keepers,he is considered as average wicket keeper. Its not true picture.His keeping record is very impressive. For balance i would go for sanga as a wicket keeper and will bat him lower middle order what australia did to Adam gilcrist. His batting avg. as a wicket keeper is 40 plus which is much higher than any other wicket keeper of srilanka. So if sanga play as a wicket keeper we will be able to play a extra bats man or a bowler which will be rather useful.

Posted by dishands on (March 8, 2010, 8:32 GMT)

For me it will be Kumar Sangakkara cz he is the best Wicket Keeper Batsman Sri Lanka ever had. It doesnt really matter what position the keeper bats as long as he is a good batsmen & have a safe pair of hands. Jayawardena is the best Wicket Keeper in the world, The new century needs players like sanga.

Posted by cricketchopper on (March 8, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

I would select Sangakara because by selecting him as a keeper I would have option to select one more great batsmen in the line up. Sanath, Atapatu, Arvinda, Dilshan,Ranatunga, they all will be selected along with Sangakara for the tream hence bating line would be stronger.

Posted by fakhy on (March 8, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

unfortunately i havent seen goonatilleke in action. kalu is a one-day specialist and sanga is better off being a pure batsman so its prasanna for me.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 7:48 GMT)

Neither...only Adam Gilchrist !

Posted by Eranga_Abey on (March 8, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

Thank you very much for the valuable details.Even i got to know many new things about our wicket keepers and about their history..Wonderful and good job.

Posted by SLkrishan on (March 8, 2010, 7:21 GMT)

The ONLY thing we have to consider is whether we can have a team that can beat any other team, by having anyone else but SANGA..will we rather have 1 out of Prasanna, Kalu, Mahesh OR 1 out of Mahela, Aravinda, Arjuna, Thilan, Hashan, Roy, Gura.. easy choice guys..

Posted by devinpremasiri on (March 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT)

This is not good.I selected Sangakkara in the middle order category.But if I knew that he is here,I would have selected him in the wicket keepers list.Prasanna is my second choice and I selected him.But still I have the problem that whether he has shown us enough to pick himself up to the all time team.Although some say Sangakkara is not a good keeper,think the skills he has shown before he gave up keeping in tests.He is a marvellous keeper although he is not in the best keeping form these days.

Posted by A_HTIMAN on (March 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT)

This one looks tougher than the previous two. Other than Jayawardena all the other four looks like even contestors. Best thing to be done is toss something up and choose it's easier. If Sri Lanka goes for 3 middle order batsman wk should be Sanga. If they go for 4 then Sanga can be a batsman and Kalu or Mahesh as keeper. I feel the 2nd option is far better.

Posted by CricFan78 on (March 8, 2010, 6:49 GMT)

Sanga is much better off as non-WK batsman. I will go with Prasanna Jayawardena since he is easily best keeper SL had and also pretty good bat.

Posted by Sampath_KCS on (March 8, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

Had the privilege to watch Amal Silva in 1985. I visited his place after that series with my father who was good friend of him..The dilemma was looking for batsman who can keep wicket or a wicket keeper who can bat was started in early nineties with the 92 Aussie tour. SL experimented with my school mate Romesh kaluwitharana & it worked instantly but was not consistent. Then there were three more wicket keepers experimented from 1992 to 1995. They were Ashly De Silva who is famous for leaving an in swinger pitched out side off from Kapil Dev which shattered his off stump in SSC test 92/93. Other two were Gamini Wickremasinghe & Pubudu Dassanayake who remained for a very short period of time. After Kalus golden era of 95/96 Aussie tour & Worldcup 1996, Sanga came to the scene & established him self but a genuine keeper was a must to win test matches .At last we got the best man for the job..Prasanna Jayawardena..another school mate..another Bastianite...

Posted by Shen_Mark on (March 8, 2010, 5:40 GMT)

Any one of the above 5 except Sanga or Kalu. Sanga should play as a specialist batsmen & Kalu is an ODI player.

Posted by Rosh1 on (March 8, 2010, 5:27 GMT)

I selected Kumar in the middle order category. If I'd known that his name was to be mentioned in the wicket keeper list I would have most probably slected him as a wicket keeper by giving more depth to batting. I guess the author should not duplicate names which makes it complicating. In this case I had a hard choice between Mahesh and Prasanna. I was very young when Mahesh was playing test cricket. He was amazing. When I heard that a bunch of cricketers were banned for life I felt we really lost 2 players Mahesh Goonathilake and Anura Ranasinghe. However, I have to go with Prasanna over Mahesh purely coz of the praise prasanna has got from greats such as Healy and Mahesh himself. He also has played more matches than Mahesh. I would get Mahesh as a 12th man in the team.

Posted by manasvi_lingam on (March 8, 2010, 5:14 GMT)

Sangakkara isn't that good a keeper as compared to the others, but he's a far better batsman and lends greater balance if selected as a keeper. My vote is for Sangakkara.

Posted by peeeeet on (March 8, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

I would go with Silva or Kaluwitharana. Too early to put Jayawardene in an all-time xi, and Sangakarra would play as a batsman only.

Posted by haroon on (March 8, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

Kumar Sangakara for me..He is the best Keeper i have seen..

Posted by Charindra on (March 8, 2010, 4:19 GMT)

Based on pure wicketkeeping, it would have to be Goonetilake or Jayawardena. However I wouldn't have put Sanga in as a middle order batsman earlier, so he fits in nicely here. He wouldn't be captain (way too many of them in this team) or bat at number 3, so there wouldn't be too much of a burden on him.

Posted by VajiraR on (March 8, 2010, 4:01 GMT)

For a person who has seen Mahesh Gunathilaka keeping wickets, without any doubt, he is the best. Unfortunately, I have not seen Ben Navarathna or Dr HIK, but all the others starting from Ranjith Fernando. It is necessary to have a specialist w/k in a test side.

Posted by   on (March 8, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

goodness... this is so tough to select.

Posted by randikaayya on (March 8, 2010, 3:39 GMT)

Amal Silva is my choice, bit of nostalgia creeping gin there. Kumar should play as a pure batsman and let Amal don gloves. His century at Lords is one of the first cricket incidences I remember as a child following cricket listening to the radio. I can also remember Aravinda De Silva getting into triple figures by hitting a 6 on 94 at Lahore the following year! Sadly I don't recall Duleep Mendis hooking Ian Botham for 3 consecutive sixes at Lords, saw it later on.

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Ranil Abeynaike
Former left-arm spinner and middle-order batsman. Captained Sri Lanka A against Australia in 1983. Former curator at the SSC in Colombo and national curator and school coach. Currently a commentator.
XI: Jayasuriya, Atapattu, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva, Ranatunga, Somachandra de Silva, de Mel, Vaas, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan
Russel Arnold
Russel Arnold
Played 44 Tests and 180 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2007 as an opener, lower middle-order batsman and offbreak bowler. Now a commentator and columnist.
XI: Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Dias, Sangakkara, Aravinda De Silva, Jayawardene, Ranatunga, Vaas, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan, Malinga
Ranjit Fernando
Ranjit Fernando
Played ODIs for Sri Lanka in the 1975 World Cup. After retirement, has served as an administrator, national coach, selector and manager. Currently a commentator.
XI: Jayasuriya, Atapattu, Dias, Aravinda De Silva, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Ranatunga, Vaas, Somachandra de Silva, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan
Ranjan Madugalle
Ranjan Madugalle
Played 21 Tests (in two of which he captained) and 63 ODIs between 1979 and 1988. Was appointed an ICC match referee in 1993, and in 2001 was appointed the first chief referee.
XI: Jayasuriya, Atapattu, Dias, Aravinda De Silva, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Ravi Ratnayeke, Somachandra de Silva, Vaas, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan
Palitha Perera
Palitha Perera
Journalist and cricket commentator since 1963; widely held to be Sri Lanka's first to commentate in Sinhala.
XI: Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Jayawardene, Gurusinha, Ranatunga, Vass, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan, Ajit de Silva
Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts
Author-compiler of the anthology, Essaying Cricket: Sri Lanka and Beyond. Historian and former teacher at Peradeniya University and Adelaide University.
XI: Wettimuny, Dilshan, Dias, Aravinda de Silva, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Ranatunga, Rumesh Ratnayake, de Mel, Ajit de Silva, Muralitharan
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
Among Sri Lanka's most senior sports journalists. Has covered over 125 Test matches played by Sri Lanka, including all their home Tests. Presently sports editor of the Nation newspaper.
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Sidath Wettimuny
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XI: Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Dias, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Goonatilleke, Vaas, de Mel, Ajit de Silva, Muralitharan
Mahinda Wijesinghe
Mahinda Wijesinghe
Journalist. Author of Sri Lanka Cricket - At the High Table. Helped develop a device used in experiments to prove the legality of Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action.
XI: Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Dias, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, Ranatunga, Ravi Ratnayeke, Vaas, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muralitharan
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Daminda Wijesuriya
Professional sportswriter for the last 20 years. Has covered more than 90 Test matches and over 200 ODIs in Sri Lanka and overseas. Sports editor of a leading national daily newspaper in Sri Lanka for the last 15 years.
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