Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Harsha De Silva, now living in Australia, followed the Delhi Test against India closely because the visiting team was represented by four players (Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Roshen Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrama) of the same college (St. Joseph’s College, Colombo), where he studied.
Sadly, Karunaratne was out first ball (first inning) but Roshen Silva, though being out for zero in the first inning was instrumental in saving the Test by scoring unbeaten 74 runs in the second innings. Former captain Mathews also scored a ton in the first innings.
“It’s very rare you see that 4 to 5 players from the same school, who played in the same era represent their National team together. St Joseph’s College, Colombo has produced its fair share of National players. Fast bowling Legend Chaminda Vaas, Michael Vandort and Ashley De Silva are the other Test caps produced by them”, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Australia, he said.
“I feel very proud to see 4 players from one institution playing in the National Team at the same time. I believe it’s a record. I only wish current Sri Lanka ODI and T20 Captain Thisara Perera return to the Test side to make it 5 one day soon”.
It’s a catholic school headed by Priests.
In fact, Harsha De Silva could have been in Delhi to witness the match.
“I would have given anything to be there to see them in action live. But, unfortunately due to my work commitments here I was unable to make it. I spoke to them and conveyed my best wishes. I was happy to note that their morale was high”, he added.
Informing more about the school, Harsha De Silva says, “St Joseph’s have cricket teams up to U19 (1st XI) level. There are a few more prospects including current National U19 players coming through the college cricket program. There is a very strong support base/system backed by Old Boys of the school.