Archive for the ‘patriotic excess’ Category

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Indian Cricketers in Daring-Do … Raising Hair at Ramani’s Place

August 10, 2017

Bipin Dani,  in Deccan Chronicle, August 2017 where a more sober title was preferred viz. Indian team sports new look!””

While cricket is high on their priorities, fashion isn’t far behind for the Indian cricketers, who are currently touring Sri Lanka. The Indian team will be sporting a new look as they play Sri Lanka in the ongoing series. A few members of the Indian squad, including captain Virat Kohli, visited Ramani Fernando Salons at the Taj Samudra hotel recently.

 KL Rahul

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An Epitaph for Sri Lankan Cricket

August 8, 2017

Silly Point

It’s hard to believe you are gone at such a tender age. But then life is cruel and death is certain, untimely at times it is the fate of all man. Born in the eighties and re-born in the mid-nineties you reinvented your style of playing cricket to became the darlings of world cricket when you beat the Aussies to win the World Cup in 1996.

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Slashing Clementine and Other Extremist Critics

August 1, 2017

 Gerald Peiris[1]

Remember the mighty Indians with ‘all time greats’ like God Tendulkar, Azar, Dravid, Viru, Ganguli et. al. losing disgracefully, first in Delhi and then in Calcutta (in 1996);[2] Sri Lanka hammering more or less the same team for 960 or so runs in Colombo;[3] and then, getting them for a paltry 54 in an ODI in Dubai (with Murali and Vaas breaking records in successive matches)? Why should SL, smaller than one-third the size of one of the smaller states in India like, say, Tamilnadu, be producing a succession of ‘all-time greats’ and ranking perpetually among the high flyers all the time?

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Percy! Percy! Gahapan Machaan, Boundary-Boundary!

July 31, 2017

  

 

  • Gahapaan machaan –boundary, boundary
  • Walles patau–goni, goni
  • Kavuda Raja! Aloysius Raja!

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Rare Cricketing Images from Yesteryear: Bodyline

June 13, 2017

W M Woodfull of Australia ducks to avoid a rising ball from Harold Larwood of England during the Fourth Test match at Brisbane on the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Tour of Australia … Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

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Gahaapan Machaang! Sixer, Sixer!!! Sri Lanka’s TOP TEN

April 28, 2017

….  Courtesy of Daily Mirror, 27 April 2017, where the title is Top Ten Sri Lankan batsmen with most sixes in ODI’s –

Cricket is not just a game of boundaries and sixes, but modern day batsmen are rated highly if they could clear the boundary with ease. There are few Lankan batsmen who had cleared the ropes many times. Below is a list of Top 10 Batsmen who have hit most number of sixes for Sri Lanka in ODI’s.
10 – Nuwan Kulasekara 

 Yes you saw it right, its Nuwan Kulasekara as at now the most experienced fast bowler of the country gets to the top 10 list of most sixes for a Sri Lankan. The lower order dasher has contributed with the bat on many crucial occasions.  In 120 innings he has smashed 39 sixes at an average of 41 balls faced per six. 

 

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Arjuna the Indomitable: Challenging Aussie Skulduggery in 1995-98 … and More

April 25, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly, at ESPNcricinfo … http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1087120/arjuna-versus …where the title is “Arjuna Versus”

 January 1999: Sri Lankan supporters show Ranatunga some love outside Adelaide Oval, where he was facing a disciplinary hearing

v Australia, 1995-96
Sri Lanka have played in higher-octane, better contested and far more watchable series, but for pure watershed value none has left its mark on the island’s cricket like this pre-World Cup thrashing in Australia. If Ranatunga had not been at the helm, things might have gone very differently; it was the kind of tour that can run teams aground.

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