Gihan Ebert played school Cricket as a right handed top order batsman cum right arm off spinner for his alma mater St.Anthony’s College, Katugastota. He is the present 1st XI Cricket Captain of the Antonians in the ongoing Inter-School cricket tournament.
“Incidentally Gihan is the son of former St.Anthony’s College Cricketer Neil Damian Ebert, and the elder brother of present Antonian cricketer Nedan Ebert”.
Speaking exclusively to Daily News, Gihan said “From a small age I was a boy who always liked to go outdoors and play, didn’t want to stay inside home, so it led to some athleticism for my parents and then they showed me the path. I think that’s why I took a liking to sports”.
“From a very young age, I used to play with my father and my buddies and then when I entered the school I saw senior students playing big matches, from that day I had a big target to play a big match , that was the main driving force for me to enter into school cricket and become a cricketer”.
“Special thanks for my parents, coaches, teammates, school (St. Anthony’s College Kandy) and Rev. Fr. Principal Hilary Wijeratne for supporting and guiding me throughout the school career in sports as well as in studies and I should mention that “SACK OBA” made a great impact by supporting our College cricket teams. So I’m grateful for the support I have received from all of them throughout this journey so far.
“My top priority is family, studies and Cricketing career and my favourite holiday destination is Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka”. “Actually it’s not easy to become a cricketer; it needs lots of sacrifices in our normal life. Balancing both studies and the sports is a very challenging task for any student. Anyone who is doing a sport takes a great risk in his life as he has to go through some difficult times like physical injuries, stress problems , financial difficulties. Therefore any cricketer should be strong enough to go through all those difficulties and continue his journey”.
“My favourite cricketer is Mahela Jayawardana and whenever I get free time, I watch TV series and movies”. “Being the 1st XI Cricket Captain of St.Anthony’s College Katugastota, was my greatest accomplishment thus far in life, and to date I really cherish that moment”.
“My most unforgettable memory was taking eight wickets in a single innings against Royal College Colombo” “I just try to improve myself day by day instead of comparing myself to anyone”.
“Even though I have received many compliments from coaches and teammates so far, the most heart touching compliment was hearing from my parents, that I made them really proud”.
“Yes of course. I am very happy with all my achievements thus far as a young man, but with the pandemic I missed lots of matches including two big matches. Since it was the last two years in my school cricket career, I could have done much better than previous years and in life I surely do what I believe in”.
“During my big match one day encounter against Trinity College, I played a silly shot and got out, which ultimately led our whole batting order to collapse and that’s my most embarrassing moment on the Cricket field that I will never forget”..
“I learned that life is not an easy journey, it won’t always go as we have planned so we should be ready and strong enough to face both ups and downs in life and that’s what the pandemic has taught me in life thus far”. “When I grow up I want to be a good all rounder in cricket, as well as in life, who manages to achieve life goals like Cricketing career, studies and family”.
“The kind of legacy I want to be remembered for, is a person who has achieved success in every perspective of life”. On a concluding note Gihan said “I’m a smart and an ambitious person in life”.