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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 →

35 things that only cricket fans can relate to

a href=”http://www.thearmchaircritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/THSHK__ICC_T20_CRI_1230566g1.jpg”> If you are brought up watching cricket, there are certain things in life only you can relate to. The ones who don’t follow the sport or have no idea about it have definitely missed experiencing these following things:… Continue Reading →

Kumar Sangakkara’s retirement – It’s not the end, it’s the consummation

Any heart-warming novel will have its final chapter. Any supremely impassioned movie will have its final minutes. A good rendition of mellifluous music will glide through a crescendo before petering out to a cathartic consummation. Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara, the prince with the clear… Continue Reading →

CWC 2015: New Zealand vs South Africa 1st semi-final – Why the Kiwis were worthy winners

If you surf the social media, all what you would find are posts of condolences for South Africa’s “unexpected” semi-final exit from the World Cup that they deserved to win. Imageries of Ab de Villiers shedding tears of disappointment and posts that… Continue Reading →

Satire: England to provide asylum to ‘homeless’ South African cricketers

 a href=”http://www.thearmchaircritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/72744358_gcgetty1.jpg”> Giles Clarke, the chairman of England and Wales Cricket board has come forward to help the homeless South African team by promising a sanctuary for the 15-man squad which has been denied entry into their homeland after their 4-wicket… Continue Reading →

Why the 2015 edition is the most one-sided World Cup ever

Empiricists and romanticists alike would agree that this year’s World Cup has been apathetic. It is yet to imbue the incredulity of the 1975 edition or the histrionics of the 1983 version. We haven’t seen any fairy tales as in the… Continue Reading →

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