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    Tillakaratne Dilshan no fan of day-night Tests, welcomes Sourav Ganguly's appointment as BCCI president

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    As Kolkata prepares for its first day-night Test, the Lankan great prefers the traditional format.

    Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) said Sourav Ganguly's appointment as BCCI president might be a good move for Indian cricket.
    The first day-night Test match on Indian soil will be played in Kolkata from November 22. But Tillakaratne Dilshan’s ringadorned hands may not clap in appreciation. The former Sri Lankan captain may have disrupted the coaching manual with his Dilscoop. However, when it comes to Test cricket, he is a traditionalist.

    “I don’t think you should play day and night. Test cricket, you should play during the day, and with full white clothes, not with the numbers on the shirt. That’s my personal view. Play it like a gentleman’s game,” the 43-year-old Dilshan said at an event in Mumbai recently, looking like a cast member of a mythological play — or S Sreesanth — with his bling and styled beard.

    The day-night Test, to be contested by India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, will be played with a pink ball. That’s another no-go for Dilshan. “Just keep it simple,” he said.

    The floodlit Test is among the first administrative milestones for Sourav Ganguly, the new Indian cricket board president. Dilshan welcomed Ganguly’s appointment.

    “Sourav has played a lot of cricket for India and he knows the system. He knows what’s happening. This might be a good move for Indian cricket,” said Dilshan.

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    Neither Heads, Nor Tails

    Ahead of a T20 game against Sri Lanka last month, the Australian women’s cricket skipper Meg Lanning pulled a bunny out of the hat. She invited her teammate Alyssa Healey to flip the coin at the toss. Reason? Lanning admits to having terrible luck at tosses and here was a trick that was out-of-the-box. It worked as Australia won the toss and the game as well.

    It wasn’t for nothing that Richie Benaud said, “Captaincy is 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent skill.” Although he did add, “Don’t try it without that 10 per cent”.

    Here’s looking at some cricket skippers who could have done with such quirky solutions after being poor at winning tosses.

    (In pic from left: Sourav Ganguly, Meg Lanning, MS Dhoni)


    A strokeful right-hander, Dilshan scored 16 Test centuries, 22 in onedayers and was a member of Sri Lanka’s 2014 World T20 champion side. He was especially strong while chasing, scoring 11 of his ODI centuries while batting second. And he contributed the Dilscoop to cricket repertoire, shovelling the ball over his shoulder and the wicketkeeper’s head, often for four or six.

    As someone who has tasted success and heartbreak in ICC events, Dilshan was happy that the controversial boundary count rule, employed at this year’s World Cup final, has been scrapped. And he wishes that rules, once changed, are not tampered with often.

    “Definitely it [the boundary rule] was unfair, but the rule was there, and it was there from before the final [so both teams were aware of it]. At least now, [there is] change and [it is] fair to both teams,” Dilshan said. “But now we should stick to one rule. And stick with it for five to 10 years. Else it’s going to be a mess. Constant change of rules is not good for cricket.”

    As for the rings and ear stud, he says, “I love to wear jewellery.”

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