Kumar Sangakkara vs Michael Clarke: A statistical comparison

Cricket has been rendered poorer with the departure of two greats on the same day So cricket’s brain drain is almost complete with the retirement of Michael Clarke and Kumar Sangakkara. The last decade’s batch has almost graduated, leaving cricket… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Can Sri Lanka taste World Cup success in the face of turmoil?

a href=”http://www.thearmchaircritic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/734990-21204568-1600-900.jpg”> On the 3rd of March, 2009, when around a dozen of gunmen ambushed the Sri Lankan bus in Lahore and started sending a hail of bullets towards the team bus causing all the players on board to hit… Continue Reading →

Chandimal deserves better than this

Dinesh Chandimal’s career thus far has resembled a ball thrown up in the air. The ball soars up, cutting through resistance and rising against gravity to reach a remarkable height, and then loses all the momentum gained and plummets down… Continue Reading →

Top 10 quotes on Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, the veteran Sri Lankan batsman and the hoarder of many cricket records has received many adulation for his batting and keeping skills. With his eloquence, lucid writing skills, acerbic wits and canny tactics, Sanga has reserved a special place for himself… Continue Reading →

Kumar Sangakkara announcing retirement? It’s nothing more than a rumour!

A prominent daily in Sri Lanka, Daily Mirror, a href=”http://www.dailymirror.lk/57013/sanga-to-announce-retirement” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>discharged a bolt from the blue in the early hours of Friday by publishing a news article that read “Sanga to announce retirement”. The news article alleged that according to… Continue Reading →

The other face of Kumar Sangakkara: The man who united Sri Lanka spiritually

Many anecdotes have been written about both Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Cricket. The story of Sri Lanka’s World Cup triumph in 1996 is more than an anecdote – it is incredible enough to be pigeonholed as a fairy tale…. Continue Reading →

Satire: Beaten and bruised – A candid chat with a cricket ball in the modern era

Dressed in red or white, depending on the occasion, she can rattle stumps and break jaws. She is a lynchpin in world cricket. When she kisses the willow – her partner-in-crime – she creates music that can throw James Horner and AR… Continue Reading →

A paladin rising from the Corpses- a poem for Sanga

Owls growl and wolves howl, Blood smelling bowlers make the batsmen grovel and beg for life. Balls swing in and out and then come crashing into the toes. Bouncers will knell some chin music. A battle without guns and lances but… Continue Reading →

A Poem for Sanga

Suave exterior was something you were born with! Ambushing the oppositions was a walk by the beach for you! Negating the swing and thwarting the spin, hook and pull were lollipops for you!

How GODs are synthesised

On the 2nd of April when Kumar Sangakkara roared at the Mumbai sky calling “Heads”, the tumultuous Wankhade crowd masked Sanga’s call.  For the rest of his life Sanga would be heckled as a cheat by Indians. On field, it was… Continue Reading →

Sanga vs. Sachin in Tests -A Statistical Analysis

Click here to download the excel file on the comparison: a href=”http://localhost/tac/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Sanga-vs-Sachin.xls”>Sanga vs Sachin World Cricket has produced a lot of elite stroke makers in its history spanning across 3 centuries. Out of the many debates pertaining to test batting in… Continue Reading →

The last Chapter of a Heartwarming Novel

It all began a decade ago, when two stalwarts of world cricket tangoed together to maul a bowling attack that contained an astute leg break bowler in it on a tricky track in Dambulla during the Asia Cup, or may… Continue Reading →

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