Mahadevan Sathasivam

Mahadevan Sathasivam

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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."Gunasekara, C.H. (1996) The Willow Quartette, Colombo: Sumathi Publishers, p. 57. 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.

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

In 1951 Sathasivam was accused of murdering his wife; however, he was acquitted. Nonetheless, he left Ceylon because of the negative publicity. December 3, 2005 in CricInfo SriLanka; reprinted at The Hindu 7 Nov. 2005;

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.

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