Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jayasuriya, Aravinda & Vaas launching Six Runs Sports Merchandise

The flamboyance of Sri Lanka's big-hitting cricketers, an inspiration to many aspiring batsmen around the world, has now found articulation in a unique Sri Lankan brand seeking to slake the enthusiasm of fans through an extensive new offering.

Six Runs,' a label floated by fashion icon Otara Gunewardene for a range of 80 to 100 items including sports and casual wear and fun accessories, hit the shelves last week promising high quality products at value-for-money prices, in the same way that six runs represents the maximum a batsman can score off a single delivery on the playing field.

Commencing with its own display section Sports Section at Odel’s flagship store at Alexandra Place, 'Six Runs' plans to make its way in to all leading clothing outlets and malls in Sri Lanka and India in the months ahead, Ahamed Bary, Team Manager for the new brand said.

Explaining the rationale behind the brand name, he said: "While product quality, pricing and distribution are key to its success, the name must find resonance in the target market. We believe 'Six Runs' captures the thrill and buzz that people like Sanath Jayasuriya have brought to the game and that the brand will spark even further interest in cricket."

Designed in Sri Lanka, the products in the 'Six Runs' portfolio include T Shirts, caps and sun visors, kit bags, arm and head bands, stationery items, mugs and drinking glasses, ties, umbrellas, rubber slippers, cuff links and tie pins, pens, key tags, bottle openers and even soft toys. There is something for everybody who is a cricket fan and proud to flaunt it," Mr.  Bary said.

For those who like to start early, 'Six runs' even has a baby range of products including branded rompers and bibs.

The range will be extended to include jewellery and other accessories in the near future and the possibility of opening exclusive 'Six Runs' outlets in malls is being looked at, he added.

And, for those who like to personalise their sports wear, like their heroes do on the field, a facility is available at the outlet at Odel to have the buyer’s name printed on items like T shirts, while he or she waits. The Six Runs outlet at Odel will also stock official 'Sri Lanka Cricket' wear manufactured under licence by MAS Holdings.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sanath Jayasuriya’s speech on Jayasumanarama Maha Vihara Buddhist temple, Matara

Jayasumanarama Maha Vihara Buddhist temple, Matara >>>>

The ancestral home of Sri Lanka’s supper cricketer Sanath Jayasooriya is very near the temple. 

Cricketer Sanath Jayasooriya was educated at St. Servatius college nearly by and received his dhamma education during his student days, at the Dhamma school of this temple. 

The dhamma education which he received at the temple during those distant days may have, no doubt, contributed in no small measure to mould him into the disciplined and unassuming sportsman of the world. The temple can justly be proud of this great past pupil of its Dhamma School.

Sanath Jayasuriya Monk’s Hostel >>>

The Ground floor of this building constructed out of a donation made by the super cricketer and the former captain of the Sri Lanka team from his private funds, was completed and put in possession of the order Sangha on 03rd of April 2008. Messrs Mac Mohan of America and Najib Deen, Proprietor of dean group of companies and who is also in the international trade, also extended their support for this project.

Monday, November 16, 2009

[PICS] Sanath Jayasuriya - Chief Guest - CricFest 2009 | Colombo University




Sanath Jayasuriya was invited as the Chief guest during the recently held CricFest 2009 at Colombo University.

Thanks to Mr. Atheeb Mohammed  for these pictures !

Jayasuriya participates in 'Walk for Life 2009' to create diabetes awareness among Sri Lankan public

(Pictures by Udesh Gunarathne)


Commemorating the World Diabetes Day today, 'Walk for Life 2009' a walk organized by the Diabetes Research Unit, Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine in University of Colombo and the Tharunyata Hetak youth organization took place this morning.

The walk commenced at the Colombo Municipal Council Grounds in front of the Vihara Maha Devi Park and ended at the Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha.

General public, school children, medical students, officials from the Health Ministry, athletes and celebrities came together to create awareness on diabetes.

One in ten adults over 20 years and one in five in the urban areas in Sri Lanka are affected by diabetes. The walk aims to create awareness of the controllable disease and to establish a diabetes research fund in Sri Lanka, the organizers said.

Cricket legends Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Akalanka Gamage, 'Tharunayata Hetak' Chairman Namal Rajapaksa and Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva were among the participants.

Participating at the event world famous Sri Lankan cricket star Sanath Jayasuriya said, "My mother is also a diabetic patient. So I very well know the suffering of a diabetic patient as well as its complications. Therefore, I wanted to raise an awareness of this disease among the people in our country and in the world."

Saturday, November 14, 2009

[VIDEO] Sanath Jayasuriya's Fastest ODI Fifty - 50 in 17 balls

Sanath Jayasuriya currently holds the record fastest fifty in ODIs, 50 scored off just 17 balls.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan ODI played at Singapore, 2 April 1996

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sanath is an important player - Sangakkara

Maintaining that Jayasuriya was very much in the reckoning for the 2011 World Cup, Sangakkara said the team was waiting to see how he performs in his new role on this tour.

"Sanath has been wonderful he's always been positive accepting of the decisions made about him and supporting those ideas. We are going to wait and see how Sanath comes out from this tour. He's a very important player for us going towards the next World Cup," he added.

Sangakkara warned that no excuses like in the past about the food in India or conditions would be tolerated.

"Complaints are negative things and excuses. No matter what happens on field if you focus too much on negative things it's not good for anyone," he said.

Sangakkara said if Lanka were to become competitive away from home they need to toughen up mentally.

"Sometimes they are too pampered and spoilt to accept things not going our way. We have to change attitude. If you want to compete well anywhere in the world you need to become mentally tougher. This (tour) is a start," he said.

"If we can all play our cricket fair and hard and commit to give 100 per cent we don't need these complaints and excuses. We have to enjoy India as a country, enjoy the tour as individuals and as a team," he added.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Simply Sanath Jayasuriya Magic - G Rajaraman

There are many facets to Jayasuriya, but all of them can be summed up in one phrase, a quiet achiever. Or Simply Sanath, shall we say?

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Some have branded him Butcher of Matara. Others prefer the more subtle Matara Marauder or even the Matara Marvel when they want to talk about him but, left to himself, it is more likely than not that he would tell you that he prefers to be called simply Sanath. Come to think of it, 'Simply Sanath' goes well with his approach to batting—direct and uncomplicated. It also reflects his unique approach to captaincy—simple and straightforward. Above all, it mirrors his philosophy of life.

He may lack the statesmanship of an Arjuna Ranatunga as captain or the style of an Aravinda de Silva at the batting crease, but from the time he exploded on the international stage as a pinch-hitting opening batsman in 1995-96, Sanath Jayasuriya has been able to quietly achieve so much that he will always be regarded one of Sri Lanka's finest sporting champions.

You do not need statistics to substantiate the fact that the 33-year-old is a pillar of the Sri Lankan cricket team as it prepares for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. The blades of Herschelle Gibbs and Virender Sehwag may produce the staccato bursts more often now than Jayasuriya's, but few captains will risk ignoring the real threat that he poses to their bowlers.

Several years after he gave notice of his big-hitting, bowlers around the world still respect him and his wonderful gifts while captains continue to scratch their heads, wondering how to set fields to the aggressive left-hander. Long after he puts down his blazing bat, Jayasuriya will be remembered as one of the first executioners of a strategy adopted by nearly all teams now.

Of course, India's own Krishnamachari Srikkanth pioneered the audacious strokes over the in-field early in the innings. But it was Jayasuriya, along with Romesh Kaluwaitharana, who set lofty standards as pinch-hitting opening batsmen.

There were not few who reckoned Jayasuriya depended so much on eye-hand coordination that he would run out of steam as he grew older. But at 33, he has shown no signs of slowing down at all. Two hundreds in successive VB Series matches against Australia and England last week are convincing evidence. The back-to-back centuries in Sydney in the VB Series are ominous warnings for teams in the World Cup—Jayasuriya remains hungry as ever.

He is so strong mentally that he does not appear to worry needlessly over who is bowling. For him, it is the ball that he is playing, not the bowler. He is fairly quick on his feet, getting into position to play his strokes with the minimum of fuss. He works the ball really well off his legs and punishing the short ball ruthlessly as it were and can send the ball high over the in-field when the ball is pitched up to him. Then again, he is no mere slogger. The 10 hundreds and 22 half-centuries in Test cricket bear testimony to his overall quality as a batsman.

Nobody was more aware than Jayasuriya that Ranatunga was always going to be a hard act to follow as Sri Lankan captain. Small wonder then, he took quite a while to settle down. In fact, he has gone on record saying he was shocked when handed the reins of the team before the aiwa Cup at home in 1999. It took him a good part of three years to evolve as captain, leading the Test team to nine successive victories at home.

There has been criticism of his captaincy by consensus—he tends to convene mid-wicket conferences—but there can be no doubt that he has been a quiet but very strong influence on Sri Lankan cricket. He played no mean hand in the return of De Silva to the team, has handled his bowlers really well, takes care of the newcomers in the side and, above all, has got along well with coach Dave Whatmore. All this ensures harmony both on the field and in the dressing room.

He has seen it all. The high of a World Cup conquest in 1996 and the low of a dismal tour of India two years earlier, the agony of sitting out with injury and the ecstasy of being named Most Valuable Player of the World Cup, the despair of a divorce, which affected him before the 1999 World Cup, and the delight of the birth of his daughter last February.

Scoring runs and leading his team to victory may be top priorities, but Jayasuriya has shown his heart is in the right place, devoting time as an unaids Ambassador of Goodwill and in getting his team to support the Hope Foundation's bid to build a cancer hospital in Sri Lanka. These are but two examples of his wanting to contribute to the society at large.

For one who grew up reading about the exploits of Vivian Richards, and Sunil Gavaskar, Jayasuriya has not done badly himself. Indeed, there are many facets to Sanath Teran Jayasuriya. But all of them can be summed up in one phrase, a quiet achiever. Or Simply Sanath, shall we say?

( Article Written by G Rajaraman - Outlook Jan 27, 2003 )
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