Rajapakse the white ball rover to win laurels

Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer in 2010 Bhanuka Rajapakse receives the title from Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer in 2011 Bhanuka Rajapakse receives the glittering trophy from chief guest Muttiah Muralidaran in 1991

Little over a decade ago, then Royal College captain Bhanuka Rajapakse won the Observer SLT Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title in back to back years. Having won the prestigious titles in 2010 and 2011, the first Royalist to get that rear honour, he became the man of the final in Sri Lanka’s 23-run triumph over Pakistan in Dubai last Sunday. Rajapakse, an aggressive left-handed batsman, faced just 45 balls to score an unbeaten 71 with three sixes and six fours in the final. Thus, he had a commanding strike rate of 157.77.

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Sunday Observer: 18.09.2022