Lankan Romelo played for Qatar in Under 19 World Cup | Daily News


Lankan Romelo played for Qatar in Under 19 World Cup

Romelo Kumarage
Romelo Kumarage

Sri Lanka has such Cricketing talent where they can turn in to another young Cricketer cum talented all rounder Romelo Kumarage who has represented Qatar in the Under-19 World Cup qualifiers.

Romelo was just one year old when he moved to Qatar with his family, He is the son of former St. Joseph’s College Maradana hockey player Romesh Kumarage and has not looked back since then, after having joined an academy at a very young age under the coaching of Aruna De Silva.

He has been very competitive in Cricket achieving many Man of the tournament, Man of the match and best bowlers awards at the Qatar Cricket Association’s inter-school tournament besides the ambassadorial award representing the country Qatar as a Sri Lankan in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup qualifiers still at a tender age of just 15 years old.

“My late grandfather was a left arm fast bowler so I believe I have got the cricketing background from him, however what inspired me to play cricket is my mother’s father, my other grandfather who used to always play cricket with me whenever i visited sri lanka from my toddler days. Also my sporting parents (both were hockey players) also have excelled in sports in their careers.

“In Qatar it was not that easy to find cricket coaching for children, but my tireless father whom i’m very grateful to, found Aruna De Silva Sir and registered me and from there onwards I never looked back,” Romelo told the Daily News in an exclusive interview all the way from Doha, Qatar.

Even though Romello is just 15, has matured beyond his years and knows how to take up criticism and learn from his past mistakes, an aspect that most budding cricketers don’t have.

“It takes a lot of effort and discipline to do what I am doing,” he said.

Romello points out that “My greatest accomplishment was getting the opportunity to represent the Qatar U-19 national team at the age of 15”.

Having represented Qatar, Romelo is now hoping one day he will be able to play for Sri Lanka.

“I’m doing my preparations day in day out and with all my coaches and my loving parents always helping me out in every way possible. Hence it will not be an impossible dream for me to achieve my goal” said Romello.

“My most unforgettable moment was when I opened the bowling and with my very first ball in the international arena I took a wicket In my debut international match which was held in Malaysia against Maldives for the U-19 Asia cup Qualifiers in 2017* recalled Romello.

“Even though I have been living in Qatar it will be a huge honour to represent Sri Lanka as a Test playing nation,” said Romelo

Taking us through memory lane Romelo said “Undoubtedly my most memorable knock was my first century in the under 16 cricket tournament in Qatar. I scored my century in just 31 balls which is the fastest century in an under 16 cricket tournament in Qatar”.

“Also my best bowling performance is bowling to the Sri Lanka Under 19 squad during a practice match in Sri Lanka and getting 4 wickets in 10 Overs.

Romelo’s solid batting has been a bonus to his prowess with his bowling of being an opening left arm fast bowler. This has been the main reason why he has been rated as a top cricketer as well as a solid allrounder in Qatar.

Romeo’s role model is another top class Sri Lankan left arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas, whom he adores after he met the retired super star recently.

“My favourite Cricketer surely is Chaminda Vaas and my greatest memory was getting the opportunity to have an coaching session with Chaminda Vaas. Also frankly speaking I cannot compare myself to any cricketer but my ambition is to be like Chaminda Vaas “ said Romelo.

“When Chaminda Vaas saw me bowling and complimented positively for my bowling and i was really happy because i got the nod from the legend”

Has Romelo been able to achieve what he set about to do in his early steps. When the question was posed to him he replied “I am happy with my current achievements but I am not even 17 yet, so what I have achieved up to now is the beginning and I also consider captaining Stallions Cricket Academy and Warriors cricket academy in multiple tours to Dubai and Srilanka as a great achievement of mine”.

“Forevermore I also want to mention that these achievements wouldn’t have been possible if not for the array of hardworking coaches who have been working with me tirelessly since U-13”. “It is difficult to mention all the coaches who have helped me in one way or another. Coach Aruna De Silva with whom i started cricket and who was the first person to identitfy my potential as a left arm fast bowler. Coach Siddath Tenakoon, Peterite Ashan Perera and Saman Fonseka of Stallions Cricket Academy. Coach Anil Rideegammanagedara from Warriors Cricket Academy and my mentor and head coach Josephian Shenal Warnakula who fine tuned me and built me up mentally and physically to be who i am today.

These are some of the prominent Coaches out of the array of coaches whom have helped me during my career” said Romelo..He is presently faced with having to take both cricket and studies along the same path.

“Right now I want to finish my final year at school and get into university but at the same time to succeed in my cricket”.

Concluding the interview Romelo said “Finally my choice of where to go for higher studies is based entirely on where I surely can continue playing Cricket and further my training and career in cricket,”.

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