Column > Michael Roberts

April 14, 2015 - 09:02
Sri Lanka's forgotten ODI star
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Michael Roberts presents a statistical picture of a comparative kind that is quite revelatory, which raises issues about media-hype and our very own memory banks.

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April 9, 2015 - 18:50
A call for more transparency at the toss
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The ICC must not permit chaos of this kind at crucial events in a contest and/or give room for the rectitude of the match referees to be brought under the gun. Transparency of process must be at a premium.

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April 6, 2015 - 22:00
The Bajan in Ceylon
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TW Roberts held the Ceylon record back in 1924 for the highest individual innings. Roberts was a well-known cricketer who played for Barbados and Oxford University before he moved to Ceylon to join the Civil Service.

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March 3, 2015 - 19:02
Sangakkara's run-out madness
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Kumar Sangakkara is an ecumenical Sri Lankan and an exemplary icon for all and sundry. As a cricketer he stands among the best the world has seen —yesterday as well as today. Yet he is also a PERIL — to himself, the other batsman with him in the middle and thus to Sri Lanka as a whole. His running between the wickets is bloody awful.

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February 15, 2015 - 10:54
Sri Lanka's all-rounders in comparative statistical focus
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I am venturing bold and surveying Sri Lanka's stock of potential all-rounders in support of Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan. I also have one eye on the future.

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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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