Meeting Rideegammānagedera — Benaud’s Nightmare!

 Michael Roberts

aanil r 22 Anil Rideegammānagedera runs into Benaud -richie-benaud

From time to time the TV commentators from the western world have stumbled across Sri Lankan names which simply stumped them. This scenario has varied: ranging from bemusement at the number of initials accompanying the name of Vaas to the phonetic obstacle course they have been forced to negotiate.

Yes, Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas is quite a mouthful — even when it is simply WPUJC Vaas. Vaas may have been a unique bowler, but his ‘battery’ of initials is not, as most Sri Lankans know, not unique. Thus in today’s World Cup squad of XV we have, among other,

Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera

Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis

 Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne

 Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal

Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara 

 Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara

Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake

Most commentators wisely skirt the problem. They use the last name or simply one fore name. But even this path is not always simple. Several used to struggle with Ramanāyake; and a few made the mistake of referring to Champuka Ramanāyake rather than Champaka Ramanāyake.

Ramanāyake’s surname consistently bamboozled the doyen of cricket commentary, Ritchie Benaud. For that very reason I had a secret wish those days: I was hoping that one of the regular figures in Lanka’s club scene would break into a party touring Australia. Then we listeners could await the faux pas when Benaud was confronted with Rideegammānagedera of the Galle CC, NCC, Tamil Union and Moors — a rolling stone who gathered moss and was an useful performer on the green fields of island cricket.

ANIKL R 33 ANIL R-Ssmh.coma.u

To be fair let me cite Anil Rideegammanagedera’s full career statistics

Full name: Anil Rideegammanagedera
Born: 23rd June 1976, Galle, Sri Lanka
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Leg-break
Teams: Galle Cricket Club (Main FC: 1995/96-2012/13); Nondescripts Cricket Club (Main FC: 1997/98-1998/99); Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (Main FC: 2000/01-2001/02); Moors Sports Club (Main FC: 2004/05-2010/11); Ruhuna (Main FC: 2008/09); Nondescripts Cricket Club (Main ListA: 1997/98-1998/99); Galle Cricket Club (Main ListA: 1999/00-2012/13); Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club (Main ListA: 2000/01-2001/02); Moors Sports Club (Main ListA: 2004/05-2010/11); Ruhuna (Main ListA: 2007/08); Moors Sports Club (Main Twenty20: 2005/06-2006/07); Ruhuna (Main Twenty20: 2007/08-2008/09); Sri Lanka Board President’s XI (Other ListA: 1997/98); Sri Lanka A (Other ListA: 1998); All teams
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics
First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1995/96-2012/13)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Overall 162 267 28 6533 125* 27.33 6 35 91


First-Class Career Bowling (1995/96-2012/13)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Overall 19869 885 8087 301 5-8 26.86 5 0 66.00 2.44
List A Career Batting and Fielding (1997/98-2012/13)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Overall 100 92 8 2125 88 25.29 0 10 26


List A Career Bowling (1997/98-2012/13)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI SRate Econ
Overall 3994 51 2714 116 5-17 23.39 3 2 35.03 4.05
Twenty20 Career Batting and Fielding (2005/06-2008/09)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Overall 16 14 2 159 43 13.25 0 0 4


Twenty20 Career Bowling (2005/06-2008/09)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 4wI 5wI SRate Econ
Overall 180 0 266 8 1-10 33.25 0 0 22.50 8.86

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