The agony behind the ecstasy
Captain Courage brings wounded shoulder
to the wheel
By Marlon Fernandopulle
The capacity crowd at the R. Premadasa Stadium applauded every run
he scored. They screamed and cheered as he reached his century.
But little did they know about the pain and agony he was going through
as he was battling it out in the center against a pace attack that
could be rated as the best in the game today.
Yes, the Sri
Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was fighting against cramps, dehydration
, fatigue and above all a sore shoulder as he completed his 13th
One day century and carried Sri Lanka to a morale boosting resounding
It was only
three weeks ago Sanath Jayasuriya dislocated his right shoulder
in the Morocco Cup final. Despite the injury being a shattering
experience the captain was determined to make a comeback to the
side and play in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy. Although
a few of his team mates were uncertain about his recovery in time
for the opening game, Jayasuriya himself and the man who mattered
most Physio Alex Kontouri were confident the Captain will make it
against all odds.
three weeks to recover,Kontouri drew up the operation recovery plan
for the Lankan skipper. How long will he be in the sling? When will
he start moving his arm? When will he start batting against the
spinners? When will he bat against the pacies? All this and much
more was carefully thought about and specific dates set as Kontouri
began working round the clock with the skipper in a bid to have
him take guard against Pakistan. Everything worked to plan and the
captain was there to face the Pakistanis despite not having the
desired levels of fitness.
It may not have
been a typical Jayasuriya century as the 119 ball knock had just
10 boundaries and was minus some of his trademark shots.However
his determination to play even with some limitations paid off for
him as well as for Sri Lanka.
the Sunday Times Kontouri admitted that it was not easy for Jayasuriya
as he experienced pain and cramps during his innings.îHe had
some pain in the early part of his innings while later the guy was
suffering from dehydration and cramps.This was expected as Sanath
batted for over three hours after being on the field for three and
a half hours.
The Physio attributed
the dehydration and cramps to the captains fitness.Sanath was not
in a position to do his routine fitness schedule since he was on
a sling for some time and was also restricted in doing the usual
excercises because of the shoulder injury.Hence his preparations
for the game as far as his fitness was concerned was effected.
It was evident
that Jayasuriya was in pain during his innings as he was seen bending
and leaning on his bat between overs and needed assistance from
the dressing room quite frequently. According to the Physio, Sanath
was on pain killers,salt and ice during Thursdays' day night game
He needed ice
very frequently during the game to minimize the swelling on his
shoulder. Despite bowling only a few balls after his injury Jayasuriya
sent down two overs during the game which surprised his team mates.The
plan was for him not to bowl unless it was really needed. However
you may have noted that Sanath modified his action somewhat during
the two overs he bowled, said Kontouri who was also surprised at
Sanaths' attempt to bowl.
likely to take a rest from tomorrows' game against Holland. After
the workout on Thursday Sanath has a very sore shoulder, however
a decision on his inclusion in the game for tomorrow has not been
taken as yet,said Kontouri.
Caps, will give the Kangaroos a game
By Bernie Wijesekera
Australia has revitalised its one-day formula with a separate team
since 1997. It has paid rich dividends. At present they are on top
of the world in both (test and one dayers).
are the defending World Cup Champions, and are front runners in
the ongoing ICC Trophy Championship being held here under the leadership
of Ricky Ponting. The Aussies take on New Zealand, in their opener
( today Sept.15) at the SSC grounds starting at 10 a.m. which should
turn out to be a keen contest.
They could be
tagged as the one-day glamour team with several stars, who have
a great appetite in the shorter version of the game - namely Adam
Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, latest addition Matt Hayden, who will
be the opening partner in the absence of Mark Waugh to Gilchrist.
The pair could tear an attack from the word 'go'. Twenty eight-year-old
Ponting, who took over from Steve Waugh has led them to greater
heights since then.
the 'Thumper Stumper', today is a box-office draw, with some indelible
figures in the first 15-overs. Adam even has an edge over our own
'Master Blaster' Sanath Jayasuriya with his consistency. in recent
times. Sanath has slowed down somewhat but is capable of making
a come back and the present competition could be the stage for that.
Gilchrist's promotion to open the innings proved a master stroke.
The jeers turned to cheers when he propelled the Aussie run-chase.
He has to his credit 153 against Sri Lanka in a one-day game at
the Adelaide in a Carlton series.
Ponting is always
ready to take a gamble. He is another player to watch in the ICC
Trophy. The Aussies have a quite a number of bowling allrounders
in the team - a vital ingredient for the success of any team in
the shorter game.
- an ideal batsman to close an innings or chase a target. Lefthander
Darren Lahemann, Damian Martyn, an useful allrounder and an agile
fielder, too. Andrew Bichel - yet another bowling allrounder, who
could prop the lower order batting. Newcomers N. Hauritz, Jimmy
Maher and Shane Watson, will be on show.
an awesome pace attack which only could be matched by Pakistan in
players like Bret Lee, Glen McGrath and Jason Gillespie. The trio
will be helped by Bichel, Martyn, 'leggie' Shane Warne (a vital
link) and young Haurtiz (off-spin).
The Kiwis led by Stephen Flaming, is a less glamorous side compared
to the Aussies. But the Black Caps play as a team and gives nothing
away on the field. This has been their cornerstone for their success.
Incidentally they are the defending ICC Trophy champions - 2000
when they knocked the day-lights out of the strong Indian team in
the final in Nairobi to bag a major title. On this tour, they miss
their exciting allrounder - one of the best in the world, Chris
Cairns due to injury.
Richardson, and Craig McMillain (the middle order batsman is injured)
may look a new-look side, but they have the skills and determination
to match the Aussies sans big names. Nathan Astle, a hard-hitting
batsman, who has the flair to go for big scores with his stroke
play, Chris Harris a crafty one-day bowling allrounder, Daryl Tuffy
and the return of fast bowler Shane Bond to share the cherry with
Bond could take
some prized scalps in his team's favour. Orthodox left-arm spinner,
Daniel Vettori, could keep the batsman in check with his viles.
Late entry to international cricket Scott Styris, could help the
team's cause with his allround ability. He had a test 100 on debut
and 69 against the West Indies.
The Kiwis are
a good fielding side and gives nothing away. They had a side game
against S. Africa on Wednesday at the NCC grounds. The bowlers bowl
tight and gives nothing away, backed by agile fielding could give
the Aussies a good run for their money.
the game for the people. A popular sport has helped the traditional
game (test), too. The desire to score maximum runs in 50 overs.
The Kiwis beat Australia 3-1 in Australia and lost to S.Africa 3-1
The teams (from).
- Australia - R. Ponting (Capt.), Adam Gilchrist, Michael Bevan,
Andrew Bichel, J. Gillespie, Nathan Hauritz, Matt Hayden, D. Lehmann,
J. Maher, D. Martyn, G. McGrath, Shane Warne, Shane Watson.
(from), S. Fleming (Capt.), N. Astle, Shane Bond, C. Harris, Paul
Hitchcook, Kyle Mills, Chris Nevin, Jacob Oram, M. Sinclair, Scott
Styris, Glen Sulzberger, D. Tuffey, D. Vettori, Lou Vincent.
breaks Greene's 100m world record
America's Tim Montgomery broke the 100m world record here Saturday
running 9.78 sec at the IAAF Grand Prix finals. The 27-year-old
world silver medallist broke the old mark of 9.79 set by Maurice
Greene in Athens in June 1999 while Dwain Chambers equalled Linford
Christie's European record of 9.87.
only wiped the smile from Greene's face he also did to Morocco's
Hicham El Guerrouj, who only half an hour earlier had been celebrating
his overall Grand Prix title. But having finished level on 116 points
apiece the American got it as he had broken a world record this
he had no idea that he would be in the form to break Greene's record
- Greene, the Olympic champion and triple world champion, sat out
the race and was watching from the stands. "I just came here
to beat Dwain," said Montgomery, who had had to sit out the
Berlin Golden League meeting over a row about appearance money.