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Cricketer Guy de Alwis no more

13 January 2013 03:16 am - 53     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Sri Lankan test cricketer (batsman, wicket keeper)Guy de Alwis who played in 11 Tests and 31 ODIs from 1983 to 1988, passed away last night, at the age of 52.

He played in the 1983 World Cup tournament in England as a specialist wicket keeper. The right handed batsman played 11 Test matches for the country including the first Test match at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart in 1987, where he was involved in dismissing Australian opener Mark Taylor caught behind off Rumesh Ratnayake as the first wicket in the Bellerive Oval in 1987.

Guy de Alwis successfully coached Sri Lanka women's cricket team a few years ago. Guy de Alwis played for S Thomas' from 1976 to 1979 and later turned out for the SSC.

  Comments - 53

  • r.perera Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:50 AM

    If you saw his dismissal of Greg Chappel you would not say that. He was the greatest hard hitter then, as small made sri lanka team was struggling to hit sixes in eightees. I witnessed his innnings of 1979 centenury Royal Thomian where he hammered two massive sixes to Sudath Pasqual over Royal tents at the SSC. Vignash, if you do not know the history keep quite. I am a former Royalist. RIP Guy, your massive hits will never to forget.

    r.perera Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:51 AM

    You badly need a crash course in English.

    BudinOz Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:54 AM

    Your comment shows how knowledgeable you are on cricket.
    Guy was one of the best wicket keepers we had, like Mahesh Gunathilake.

    Suppaiah Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:00 AM

    To Allah we belong and to him we return.

    ajith Sunday, 13 January 2013 01:15 PM

    Oh my god!!! So early.. I played cricket against him (school cricket) and with him for Sr Lanka u 19 in 1979. Nice bloke.. See u mate.. RIP

    Ajith Kodituwakku

    Kondebendapucheena Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:02 AM

    Shame on you Man

    Kondebendapucheena Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:07 AM

    He was hard hitter at that time,what ever Vignesh u need medical attention

    cham Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:35 AM

    Ignorants should abstain from commenting.

    Lasange Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:46 AM

    RIP to all people ( 100s of 1000s) in the name of liberation by our valiant forces in northeast a well

    Prem Tuesday, 15 January 2013 12:52 AM

    Vignesh, if I remember right, in one ODI s against the Aussie, he equaled the world record for the most number of dismissals behind the wicket. How you judged him I don't know, what I understand is you don't know much of S.L. cricket.

    Ranil Kularatne Monday, 14 January 2013 01:30 PM

    My deepest sympathies to his family. Guy was a great cricketer I remember

    Dharshi Setunga Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:12 AM

    Guy you were one of the best on the pitch and off the pitch. You to me was a loyal friend .thankyou for the lovely 40 years of friendship . May you rest in peace. Our sincere Condolances to Uncle Ronald, Aunty,,Wife,daughters,Ken & Maya

    anura gunawardane Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:25 AM

    He was my Chris Gayle in sri lankan team those days, Rest in Peace Sir

    Lasange Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:31 AM

    No wonder you proved you are Srilankan. Democrazy, no minority view accepted. Always lion view.

    Lokka D Gr8 Monday, 14 January 2013 02:12 PM

    great cricketer. a legend in his own right.

    i remember he scored a matchsaving century (104*) against pakistan under 19 @kastugastota. guy played for the sri lanka schools XI. the century was highly praised by all and sundry and the newspapers ran lots of articles about this inning.

    RIP guy


    Dharshi Setunga Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:41 AM

    Vignash keep your comments to your self because you are displaying your ignorance to the whole world. Before you pass judgement on a person get your facts right. Guy was and is a well respected person in the Society and he represented his Country with pride and loyalty.If you can't say anything nice don't say or write rubbish. Shame on you.

    Chow Chow Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:33 AM

    My condolences to the family of this fine cricketer. He was probably one of the first pinch hitters I saw. Rest in Peace Sir.

    SudhuPancha Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:38 AM

    One of the early cricket hero's.

    Fan Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:36 AM

    niwan suwa !!!!

    Dayan Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:44 AM


    louis Monday, 14 January 2013 09:24 AM

    May he RIP. Esto Perpetu

    idroos2002 Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:09 AM

    Yet though not in the class of Mahesh Gunatileke he himself has agreed to it yet a very very fierce competitor liek the same of our javed maindad

    Namal Pavithra Sunday, 13 January 2013 03:57 AM

    So sad news, RIP,

    Lasange Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:27 AM

    Why already 7 great people gave thumbsdown. Aren't people from northeast human being. Because they are Tamils do we need to treat them worse than dogs?

    Ruwan Gunasekera Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:15 AM

    my hero when I was not even ten as he played for college, latterly with Ken !
    Big man, big glove man, big hitter, big Thomian ! But Mostly
    a decent human being !
    Sympathies to the parents, wife and kids & Ken, whom I met once.

    Esto Perpetua

    Akalanka Sunday, 13 January 2013 12:00 AM

    RIP sir via DM Android App

    Ruzaick Sunday, 13 January 2013 04:15 AM

    RIP, from a old Royalist.

    Thassim Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:49 AM

    A loved crickter, RIP

    Terryll Monday, 14 January 2013 10:01 AM

    My condolences to his family and love ones.

    Faris, Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:01 AM

    Was a entertaining cricketer. RIP

    namal perera Sunday, 13 January 2013 04:51 AM


    pj Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:08 AM

    Going to miss you Guy. Thanks for those beautiful moments of lovely 80s .Rest in Peace Sir !

    Apsara Sunday, 13 January 2013 04:53 AM

    Deep condolence to his family.

    Cricket_guy Sunday, 13 January 2013 05:07 AM

    Wonderful cricketer.

    Rohan Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:12 AM

    Still remember the way he played at 1979 Royal Thomian big match. RIP Guy...Old Royalist.

    UNP Sunday, 13 January 2013 04:22 PM

    Good cricketer. Played in Royal Thomian 100

    chinthaka Sunday, 13 January 2013 04:31 PM

    What a entertaining cricketer he was. I think he was one of the best hard hitters I had seen. RIP

    Prof Wickramatillake Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:33 AM

    May he RIP. Esto Perpetua

    nandika nalin de silva Sunday, 13 January 2013 12:00 AM

    Does is mean he played for Sri Lankan team when he was 50 years old !!?

    Gilbert Silva Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:32 AM

    I agree with r.perera. In addition you might need to consider getting some basic mathematics lessons and learn a bit about paying due respect for people who deserve it.

    Mohan Bandara Monday, 14 January 2013 02:45 AM

    Vignash - you fool what do you know about Guy De Alwis. We who knew him knows his capabilities with the bat. He fell off from the SL side because he was not boot licking the selectors. Even Arjuna will vow for this. Therefore if you do not know the reality do not make foolish comments after a mans death - you ignorant fool. As someone says go and seek medical attention from a mental hospital.

    Asitha Perera Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:37 AM

    Sad news indeed . My sincere condolences to his family . He was my classmate , a good friend and a great humanist , always kept the Srilankan and Thomian flag flying high . May his soul RIP .

    mike Sunday, 13 January 2013 05:45 AM

    very sad news!

    R.Ratwatte Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:09 AM

    ! Guy was a great 'keeper one of the very best.
    My condolences to his family.

    Rienzie Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:32 AM

    A great man with a lot of sense of humar. My deepest sympathies to his wife, children & his loved ones.

    Jan Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:36 AM

    Loss is an outstanding Thomiam personality. RIP and condolences to the family.

    Don Sunday, 13 January 2013 12:11 PM


    ajaoka Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:48 AM

    sad news RIP

    Roh Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:49 AM

    Probably Sri Lanka's best wicket keeper. I still remember his innings for SL in the 1983 World Cup vs England. RIP

    Jim Kuru Sunday, 13 January 2013 06:55 AM

    May His Soul Rest In Peace. we lost a great cricketer.

    Vignash Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:32 AM

    Useless player anyway...hw was selected through influence...still

    Imran Hussein Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:32 AM

    Sad to hear. Good Cricketer.
    RIP Guy.

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