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Brendon Kuruppu highly impressed with Observer- Mobitel cricket show

The Sunday Observer/ Mobitel School Cricket Contest is no doubt a stepping stone to all those aspiring cricketers who want to play for Sri Lanka. The players who have gone on to represent the country at the highest level know what this contest is all about. Brendon Kuruppu who won the Best Fielders award at the show and went on to represent Sri Lanka. He was very impressed with the show.


Brendon Kuruppu

Kuruppu said that the contest was a much looked forward to one as cricketers and their parents eagerly wait for the 'big' day.

Brendon himself has a unique record, being the only Sri Lankan cricketer to score an unbeaten double hundred on his Test debut. He did it against New Zealand in April 1987, striking 201 n.o after opening with Roshan Mahanama. Kuruppu carried out his bat through out the innings and being the wicket keeper in the side also had another feat of being in pads right through out the match.

However, the match came to an abrupt halt with a LTTE bomb explosion in Pettah which drove the Kiwi players back to New Zealand halfway through the match.

Sri Lanka were 397 for 9 declared with Brendon's 201 n. o and New Zealand were 406 for 5 when play was abandoned due to the bomb explosion.

New Zealand had Richard Hadlee top scoring for his side with an unbeaten 151.

He also took two 4 for 102. The Crowe brothers Jeff and Martin, Chatfield, John Bracewell were some of the other players.

After his debut double hundred, Brendon went on to play in three more Test matches in an era where fewer Test matches were played due to the ethnic war.

However, Brendon has represented the country in 54 ODI's including a World Cup. His highest score in an ODI's is 74 against Pakistan.

The 52 year old aggressive opener's ability to hit the ball hard made him an automatic choice for most of the ODI's. Kuruppu played his last Test match at Lord's against England in 1991.

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