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Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Silva both achieved personal milestones in the current three-day Major Clubs cricket tournament. Chandimal, Army SC’s goalkeeper batsman who is in fine form, reached the 10,000-run mark in the final three-day game against Bloomfield, while Police SC’s experienced batsman Chamara Silva hit a first-class 15,000 runs in his game against BRC.
Chandimal played his 137th first-class match last weekend and hit a superb 152 stroke on 245 balls on 10 fours and 8 sixes to reach the 10,000-run milestone. This was his twenty-eighth first class century with a highest individual score of 354 against Saracens CC in 2020. He has scored an unbeaten 206 against Australia in the last Aussie series in Galle in a last fighting position. Chandimal made his first class debut on August 7, 2009 for SLC Development X1 against New Zealand. At that time he was at Ananda College Colombo scoring a lot during the school season.
|Chamara Silva reached 15,000 first class races|
Chandimal always likes to play fight tickets. He said that he “had a rough patch before, but his dedication paved the way for him to continue his career. He was the captain of the T-20 when Sri Lanka won the world cup in Bangladesh in 2014. Actually he did not play the last two games and Lasith Malinga was the caretaker captain in the last two games including the world cup final T-20 in Minpur. I like to play for my team and also for my country and my dedication is very high. My first coach at Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda Asoka Kumara Gange always gave me his blessings, while my wife, parents and siblings always encouraged me to keep going. I always prefer to play test cricket but never wanted to be labeled a red ball player and enjoyed all three formats, Chandimal said. He has been included in the Asia Cup 20 member squad and named as the side’s third goalkeeper. I was a national goalkeeper, but now most of the time I am very interested in playing as a batsman. However for the team I always like to give my service. If I keep the wickets it will be difficult for me to hit in the top order. But it depends on the situation of the game and my first priority is the success of the team, said Chandimal.
Meanwhile, 42-year-old right-hander Chamara Silva, who completed his milestone of 15,000 first-class runs, said he was aiming to hit this mark. I stayed in shape and worked hard to achieve it. In fact, I completed 15,000 runs with a century against BRC. I really enjoyed playing first class cricket. I have completed the level three coaching qualification and plan on a coaching role in the future. In fact, in my 233 first-class match I was able to reach my goal of 15,000 runs with a fighting century (111), which was my 39th first-class century. With this century I have a question what is the standard of our cricket right now. Now I am 42 years old and I can still make a century at the first class level. I am playing club cricket now after retiring from international cricket. My last ODI was against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and my last Test was against West Indies in 2008 at Correo de España.
I think we need to think twice about our school cricket. After leaving school, the cricketer directly graduates from the cricket club. unlike those days. In my personal opinion, school coaches should have more responsibility and I am very concerned about school coaches. They should be further developed and must always be updated. Physical fitness is very important for the cricketer. The player has to work hard to be fit and still I stay fit, said Chamara Silva who has a very powerful ‘helicopter shot’ to make shots.
Her sweeps and reverse sweeps are always very attractive and school players can learn a lot from a player like Chamara Silva.