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Sri Lanka’s Messiah- A tribute to Kumar Sangakkara

Sangakkara will retire after this Test Pakiyasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium is a tiny stadium with below par facilities hidden in Borella, a suburb of Colombo. Yet, it has the privilege of having hosted Sri Lanka’s first ever test match. It is… Continue Reading →

Legends T20 League in USA – Can cricket win back the land of America, one of the game’s first proponents?

Can cricket impress America,from where it was banished a century ago? Which were the two teams to play the first International cricket match? Too easy. England and Australia. Let the buzzer bray and the red light glow. You are wrong…. Continue Reading →

Why India should not go overboard with strengthening their spin bowling for the Lanka series

Kohli should play only two spinners So, Rama has arrived with his troops in Lanka for yet another shot at conquering the Ravana ruled Lanka. 22 years, it has been, since his army conquered Sri Lanka in a test series… Continue Reading →

Lasith Malinga’s nadir – Is the clock ticking for the veteran?

Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad with Sri Lanka teammates during the 1st T20I against Pakistan The Sri Lankan team once had a lion in their team; the lion that swaggered around its territory, making the accidental trespasser cringe with… Continue Reading →

WorldT20 Qualifier: The pretentious Oman and Hong Kong and the hapless Nepal and Papua New Guinea

The 2014 Hong Kong team, street cricket in Papua New Guinea, a cricket stadium in Nepal(clockwise from top) The 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier played in the month of July in Scotland and Ireland saw Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan,… Continue Reading →

Satire: A cricket journalist grills rain, a long time match fixer

An interview with a perennial culprit There are things in life that you believe in; there are things you don’t. Then, there are things that you wished you could believe and there are things you wished you didn’t believe. I… Continue Reading →

The Angelo Mathews-Marvan Atapattu combo and the retrograde of Sri Lanka cricket

Angelo Mathews and Marvan Atapattu pictured prior to the Pallekele Test against Pakistan I thought about ranting on it after the Test defeat in Sharjah. Mathews had just been baptised as the captain. So let’s wait, I thought. Then there was a… Continue Reading →

Kumar Sangakkara – A look beyond the oomph of his magical numbers

a href=”http://www.thearmchaircritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/sri-lanka-cricket-team41.jpg”> Fourteen years ago, a young man walked out to the middle of the hostile Centurion track to open the innings for his team, that was playing only its second Test series in the Rainbow nation. His team had been forced to… Continue Reading →

Why the 5-bowler strategy is the way to go for India in Test cricket

India should play 5 bowlers in Test cricket on a consistent basis going forward A kingdom that has ambitions of turning itself into an empire has the obligation of pumping oxygen into its offense than splurging the resources to strengthen… Continue Reading →

Forget Mubarak and focus on youth

As Adam Voges, the 35 year old Australian, raised his bat in jubilance after scoring a century on debut, I worried if it would help give another opportunity to Jehan Mubarak. Mubarak last played a Test for Sri Lanka in… Continue Reading →

Who is the greatest match-winner in Tests among current batsmen?

It is a well-established fact that Test matches cannot be won alone. You need contribution from batsmen, bowlers and fielders alike. Hence, calling a batsman a match-winner in Tests might be a little pretentious. But if you explore the statistics of certain… Continue Reading →

Why the 5-bowler strategy is the way to go for India in Test cricket

A kingdom that has ambitions of turning itself into an empire has the obligation of pumping oxygen into its offense than splurging the resources to strengthen its defense. Indian cricket, now, is at an important juncture. They have two ways… Continue Reading →

Who is the greatest match winner in ODIs among current batsmen?

There is always this jostle with stats, science and mathematics to extricate the right numerals to arithmetically manipulate and find who in the team had a major say in the victory. Cricket is a team game – a game that… Continue Reading →

Riot in Sri Lankan aisles – Deteriorating culture, heightened nationalism or ugly politics?

For a nation that has been hit by war, riots and violence, armed men invariably elicit only one feeling. 6 years ago, we had an armed man every 10 meters. Cities were garrisoned with sentry points and check points. In short,… Continue Reading →

Code of conduct for cricketers and democracy in Cricket

“We were soft on our batting. It’s always difficult to chase 180+. We lost momentum in the middle, and not to forget Smith got a horrible decision. We need to lift our game…”, uttered the defeated captain of the Chennai Super… Continue Reading →

Internet.org, Zero Rating and Net Neutrality- Why India is overreacting to Internet.org

2 years ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched Internet.org, a platform that would provide a selected few services free of any data charges over a selected set of telecommunication networks. Since the time the novel concept was launched, there have… Continue Reading →

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