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Channa Gunasekera was a versatile sportsman who took his cricketing genes from his father, Churchill, the first Sri Lankan player to represent an English county. Born on June 23, 1931, exactly 15 years after Len Hutton, his role model, Channa followed his father by captaining his alma mater Royal College and Sinhalese Sports Club. He became an automatic choice as an opening batsman for Sri Lanka in the 1950s. Channa played for his country at the age of 19 and during his career toured India thrice, scoring five centuries in seven matches. He then captained Colombo CC in the division III tournament before coaching both Royal College and Nalanda College. In 1983 he became a national selector. Besides cricket, Channa also excelled in athletics and tennis. A keen student of the game, he wrote regularly in newspapers on various topics apart from commentating on radio and television. Channa died aged 77 in October 2008.
Sa'adi Thawfeeq October 2008
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.