Courtesy of Nath Goonawardena
Category Archives: reconciliation through sport
ONE: Arriving in Visakhapatnam and getting a ticket for the match
When my international flight landed in Delhi it was inevitably raining and I had to splash my way through a series of puddles and potholes to reach Terminal 2 and check-in for the next fight to Visakhapatnam. Once the flight was called from Gate 29 a bus was required to ferry us across another series of deep potholes before we were able to climb aboard the relatively small Indigo aircraft. I’d read in the Times of India an article by Aasish Nehra claiming Bumrah’s stress fracture to his lower back had nothing to do with his unorthodox bowling action. There won’t be too many pundits who agree with that but perhaps he’d had one too many Indigo flights leaving from Gate 29. I had to admire the staff working for the airline for their determination to get more rupees out of me. I had the foresight to purchase an additional 5 Kg baggage allowance when buying the ticket. When I checked the bag in at the Etihad desk in London it weighed 17.4 Kg. By the time it reached the scales at Indigo it had put on another 2.4 Kg and now registered 19.8 Kg. Normally I’d be worried about shampoo and other things that can spill being stolen from the unlocked part of my bag to potentially make it lighter. I couldn’t see the staff in Abu Dhabi adding a few extra bricks for a laugh and could only conclude that the scales were deliberately set in a very creative manner at the Indigo counter in Delhi’s Domestic Airport.
Alas, Embuldeniya was unable to repeat the sort of feat that Rangana excelled in …but we hope he will develop in the same direction.
NOW if these two lads develop in the same direction, it will be, alas, for Lancashire and England. No matter, we can claim maternal links via Ranjit Fernando –especially if they become wicket-keeper batsmen.
Harry the “Hassett” as “Harry The Bat”
There once was a wee lad
Named HARRY … incarcerated
In boarding school Aloysius
Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer … https://pakobserver.net/pak-umpire-wins-heart-sri-lankan-skipper/
“Australian cricketers get personal during anthem”, February 10, 2016, … http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/cricket/what-a-cheek-usman-khawajas-pregame-grab-of-adam-zampas-butt-20160210-gmq6bd.html
Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja squeezes team-mate Adam Zampa’s behind ahead of the ODI against the Black Caps in Wellington.Some of the players were getting more than a little touchy-feely as they linked arms while Advance Australia Fair was played.
- Test, a short video clip has emerged of some emotional scenes during the national anthem before their ODI win over the Black Caps at the Cake Tin last weekend.
Australia won that match to square the series, but lost the decider in Hamilton on Monday. The video clip was posted on Facebook and tweeted by The Crowd Goes Wild and was certainly proving a hit on the internet. … http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/cricket/what-a-cheek-usman-khawajas-pregame-grab-of-adam-zampas-butt-20160210-gmq6bd.html