Sri Lanka loses great fast-bowling all-rounder of pre-test era Tony Opatha | Daily FT

Wicket-keeper Ranjith Fernando drops Indian batsman Gundappa Vishwanath off the bowling of Tony Opatha in the unofficial test played during the tour of India in 1975By Sa’adi ThawfeeqTony Opatha, one of the greatest fast-bowling all-rounders Sri Lanka cricket has produced during the pre-test era, passed away yesterday at the age of 73 after a brief illness.Opatha was what Chaminda Vaas was to Sri Lanka in the test era; a wonderful athletic right-arm fast-medium bowler who could swing the ball both ways and also score valuable runs down the order.Opatha was the spearhead of the Sri Lanka bowlin…

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