Mahadevan Sathasivam

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Mahadevan Sathasivam
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Personal information
Born (1915-10-18)18 October 1915
Died 9 July 1977(1977-07-09) (aged 61)
Batting style Right-handed
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 11
Runs scored 753
Batting average 41.83
100s/50s 3/3
Top score 215
Balls bowled 84
Wickets 1
Bowling average 41.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/8
Catches/stumpings 2/0
Source: Cricinfo, 16 April 2015

Mahadevan Sathasivam (18 October 1915, Ceylon - 9 July 1977 in Colombo, Sri Lanka), or Satha as he was known, was the Sri Lankan cricketer whom Garry Sobers called "the greatest batsman ever on earth," and Frank Worrell called him "the best batsman he had ever seen".[1] Sathasivam played cricket in the 1940s through the 1960s. Sathasivam was the first, and probably the only, man to captain three national teams. He was captain of the Ceylon team in 1948, and then captain of the Singapore team, and finally captain of the Malaysian team. He was accused and acquitted of murdering his wife, which gained much attention in Ceylon.[2]

In 1948 a controversial decision of the Ceylon Cricket Association selected Mahadeva Sathasivam of the Tamil Union to lead the All-Ceylon XI team.[3]

Sathasivam married Paripoornam Anandam Rajendra, a granddaughter of Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan in 1941. They had four daughters.[2] In 1951 Sathasivam was accused of murdering his wife; however, he was acquitted after a twenty-month trial with Dr Colvin R de Silva leading his defense team. The defense flew in Sir Sydney Smith, a forensic scientist from the United Kingdom, to aid in its case.[2] Nonetheless, he left Ceylon because of the negative publicity and later married Yvonne Stevenson.[4][5]

Sathasivam settled in Singapore where he captained its cricket team, and then later, after that island's merger with its northern neighbour, Sathasivam led the Malaysian team as well.[6]

References & notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gunasekara, C.H. (1996) The Willow Quartette, Colombo: Sumathi Publishers, p. 57
  2. ^ a b c Famous cricketer acquitted of murdering wife after long ordeal 60th anniversary of Sathasivam murder trial
  3. ^ "Mahadeva Sathasivam, playboy cricketers & the book of Guinness" by Michael Roberts Cricket Online 12 Oct. 2004 Archived October 18, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "A Sri Lankan master" by Sriram Veera December 3, 2005 in CricInfo SriLanka; reprinted at
  5. ^ "The Finest at Chepauk" by S. Muthiah The Hindu 7 Nov. 2005;
  6. ^ Sathasivam the batting maestro by Edmund Dissanayake; M.Sathasivam by Christie Seneviratne; M.Sathasivam - 'Not Guilty' from the Sunday Island 11/4/04 Wesley College Colombo

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