Sri Rahula College Katugastota is one of Kandy’s oldest cricket playing schools. The school started cricket in 1890s, but gave up the game and was more involved in football, athletics and hockey. However, again in the 1970s the institute came back to cricket. In later years Sri Rahula took to rugby and even came on top of mini rugby.
Sri Rahula College Kandy was established by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by American Colonel Henry Steele Olcott. It is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest schools and one of the famous mixed Colleges in Sri Lanka. This academic institute was started as Kandy High School.
This season Sri Rahula, with limited cricket facilities, field a fresher-laden side under the guidance of famous S. Thomas’ College, Combined Schools, University of Peradeniya, Saracens CC, Central Province and Sri Lanka Presidents XI cricketer Aubrey Kuruppu. He trains cricketers from a very young age to play the game. Most of the school’s players are snapped up by the time they reach age 17 by other schools. Most of the cricketers learn the finer points here and join other schools in pursuit of better opportunities.
Sri Rahula has its own ground below the St. Anthony’s College grounds. This facility is not in order hence the school has to play matches in Kandy. Sometimes matches are played out of Kandy. This season the Rahulians are led by third-year player Jeevantha Wijeratne, a left hand batsman and a right arm off-spinner. Dilesha Madushanka, a fine right-arm leg-spinner is the vice captain.
The other players who have done well at practices are Chamika Samarasekara, Malida Lalithhewage, Darshana Ranaraja, Madushan Paranavitharane, Dilshan Krishnarathne, Gathika Wickremasinghe, Malith Rajapakse, Amila Wijasuriya, Ravindu Kapukotuwa, Dilshan Ambegedera, Parinda Kumaratunge, S. Ranatunga and Madusha Thushara,
Today they play their limited over big match against Waripyapola Sri Sumangala at Pallekele Stadium.