Column > Michael Roberts

May 12, 2014 - 16:01
Hema, cricketing memories and more
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Hema de Silva was my skipper, a compatriot in cricketing arms and a pal — a true mate in the best Australian sense of the term. He is known in the Lankan cricketing world as "DH." But, to me and others at Ramanathan Hall in Peradeniya University, he was "Hema." He remains Hema.

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April 26, 2014 - 23:19
In memory of Neil
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Few today will be aware of Neil Chanmugam's contribution as a Manager of Sri Lankan cricket touring teams. Managers then were Selectors too and had to face the brunt of media attention at the same time as seeing to the knitty-gritty of touring arrangements. His sterling qualities were called to the forefront when Sri Lanka led by Duleep Mendis and Roy Dias toured Australia in the late 1980s and faced the on-field skills and aggressiveness of the Aussies in circumstances where Sri Lanka's own bowling stocks were limited.

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January 22, 2013 - 17:02
Weave, duck, pull, duck, weave, glide, duck, whatever
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When coach Graham Ford told the media that the Sri Lankan squad had trained hard and had regular chats about their tasks, one has no reason to doubt him. But the fact remains that Sri Lanka’s batting has been abysmal at times. This feature cropped up again during their ODI victory at the Gabba, with Tillakaratne Dilshan’s misjudgement of bounce and the manner in which Angelo Matthews and Jeevan Mendis got bounced out serving as further evidence of a serious malady. Such shortcomings suggest a failure to prepare adequately for Australian pitches. In brief, just as one chooses horses for courses, one should practice for courses.

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August 15, 2012 - 07:56
The Mannar Premier League and the Star Eagles
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Over the past 18 months or so I have been brought into contact with the individual initiative of Jeremy Liyanage of Melbourne in sponsoring a community development programme in Mannar town and Mannar island.

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March 21, 2012 - 14:56
Exploring reader opinions, an addendum
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An addendum to my previous column 'DRS - India's hegemonic idiocy'.

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February 19, 2012 - 10:36
DRS - India's hegemonic idiocy
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When a person admired for qualities of sense, sensibility and intelligence adopts a position on a critical issue that is the height of irrationality and imbecility, it is both alarming and disconcerting. Such becomes the case for Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he reiterated India’s opposition to the fuller use of the DRS technology in adjudication.

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February 18, 2012 - 01:02
If only - the run or two that made the difference
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The Commonwealth Bank Tri Series has produced a remarkable series of coruscating and nerve-tingling finishes in a row.

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