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Winning the Battle of the Blues was memorable, says Dellon Peiris

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Dellon Peiris played and captained the first XI school cricket team as an all rounder in 2018 of his alma mater S.Thomas College, Mount Lavinia in the Inter-School Cricket tournament. He was also a member of the Thomian team which won the 140th Battle of the Blues in 2019.

At present Dellon is the Vice Captain and turning out for Ragama Cricket Club in the SLC under 23 emerging tournament.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily News, Dellon said “Main reason was that I was inspired by my father, as he was in the field of sports as a top grade rugby referee. That inspired me to take up sports and try them out, that’s the main reason why I entered the world of sport”.

“My father has been the number one supporter in my cricketing career. He has always been there in my ups and down. My mother has helped me in areas when it comes to studies and other social activities; hence I’m always grateful to them”.

“Cricket was I think something in myself, I was named after a famous cricketer called Brian Lara, so I think that was like the cherry on top for me to take up cricket and continue it after understanding that God has given me some talent in it and that’s the reason why I chose the game of cricket”.

“Being a cricketer is no easy task, I think a lot of commitment and competition as most of the Sri Lankans are blessed with the talent of playing cricket, so there is definitely a lot of competition and sacrifices to be made. Also as a player who is balancing studies with cricket is even harder as after practice it is very tiring to get back into studying. But I feel it is important to have both of them at the end of the day. Therefore it is worth the effort”.

“As an all rounder my favourite cricketer from a batting aspect is Mahela Jayawardena and as a bowler it’s Rangana Herath and my favourite leisure time activities are I have started playing the guitar recently so in my leisure time I love to sing and spend some time with my friends”.

“There are a couple of unforgettable incidents that ring a bell in me. Firstly it would be Captaining the 2018 Royal -Thomian big match, becoming the best all island team, the best all island captain, the most popular schoolboy cricketer runner up and the best all rounder runner up. Next would have been a member of the 140th battle of the blues winning team. Most recent one would be that I got out at 99 against Nugegoda WCC at the emerging cricket tournament that’s been played, hence to date I cherish those moments very much”.

“God will be my number one priority as he has blessed me with so many talents. Thereafter my family, cricket and studies will come in line”.

“I don’t like to compare myself to anyone else; I like to create my own Identity as I believe everyone has their own talents and abilities”.

“I would say it’s becoming the best all island team after 32 years under my captaincy in 2018 is the greatest accomplishment as an individual”.

“The people who supported me in my cricketing journey telling me that I had a good performance are more than a compliment to me”.

“As a youngster what I saw through the pandemic was that, no matter whether you’re rich or poor everyone had to go through the same process. So what I learnt was that being humble and open to associate with anyone and understand people of various cultures and backgrounds”.

“I am thankful to God for everything that he has blessed me with. I will hand it over to God and do my part which I can control to make my performances and achievements better”.

“The most embarrassing moment on the cricket field is stepping out and getting bowled out at the big match with only one more over left for the end of play”.

“In life I like to describe myself as a Committed and hardworking person”

“When I grow up, my biggest dream is to represent the country in cricket. Also with my educational background I would dream to be a leader in the corporate sector in the future”.

“I’d love to be remembered as a cricketer who played the part of a genuine all rounder and also a cricketer who is educated and has a qualification in that area as well.” concluded the former S.Thomas Cricket Captain Dellon Peiris


Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 01:00

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