Roshan Mahanama from Test player to International Match Referee
CRICKET: Twice Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer (1983-1984) Roshan
Mahanama aired his views on the contest saying that it is a remarkable
one that gives due recognition to the deserving cricketer for the
future. Mahanama aired his views on the Sunday Observer – Mobitel
Schoolboy Cricketer of the year 2012.
Former Observer Schoolboy Cricketer Roshan Mahanama
Besides Mahanama, Arjuna Ranatunga won the contest in 1980 and 1982
while Thilan Samaraweera, too won it on two consecutive years in
1994/’95. All these players went on to gain representative honours.
It has been happening time and again each year where we see young
aspiring schoolboy cricketers emerging from the contest and going up to
the extent of representing the country at the highest level. The
Outstation schoolboys too will be recognised and it is a great
inspiration for them.
It is no doubt the the event is a much looked forward to one at the
end of the school cricket season where the cricketers doing well their
performances are recognised and rewarded.
Mahanama had a great cricket season while at Nalanda College, along
with his brother Devaka. Both were prolific scorers at school. Devaka
gave up playing serious cricket, but Roshan continued representing
Bloomfield C&AC and went on to win his Test ‘cap’ in 1986 against
Pakistan at the CCC grounds. Imran Khan was the Pakistan captain and
Duleep Mendis led Sri Lanka. Mahanama had a prolific school cricket
season and became the Schoolboy Cricketer of the year in consecutive
years. (‘83-’84) where he also won the Best Batsman and Best Fielder’s
awards on both occasions. Besides his batting, Mahanama excelled as a
world class fielder at any position which gave him a big advantage to be
an automatic choice in the Test and ODI sides. He was a member of the
1996 World Cup winning team under Arjuna Ranatunga.
Mahanama had the ability to bat at any position, and did it very
effectively during the 1996 WC. While Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh
Kaluvitharana got off the ‘blocks’ with flyers, Mahanama, Ranatunga and
Dharmasena also previous winners of the contest, were always there to
stabilize the batting in case of emergency.
Roshan Mahanama’s playing career took him to 52 Test matches and
produced 2,576 runs (4 centuries and 11 fifties) with a highest score of
225 against India. He made an indelible mark in his career when he and
Sanath Jayasuriya added 576 runs for the second wicket in that Test
match at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama. Jayasuriya’s contribution
was a triple century.
Mahanama has played in 213 ODIs and has 5,162 runs against his name
with a top score of 119. In the ODIs Mahanama has struck four centuries
and 35 half centuries.
The 46-year-old Mahanama, is a Match Referee appointed by the ICC and
enjoys his role very much, he is very much in the game although he
retired in 1998 after playing at Centurion Park in Test.