When Nimesh Perera performed the unthinkable against Muralidaran

Nimesh Perera – when he won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in1996

When spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran as a promising schoolboy cricketer from St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota completed back to back years capturing over 100 wickets each in the1989-1990 and 1990-1991 seasons, it always seemed a tough record to better. But within the next five years, yet another spinner emerged – this time from St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, bettered those schools records by capturing a total of 264 wickets in two seasons. Modara Muthugalage Don Nimesh Randika Gayan Perera, born September 5 in 1977 in Colombo, was a genuine all-rounder - an aggressive left-handed middle to lower order batsman and a leg spinner.

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Sunday Observer: 21.08.2022