A FORECAST by Errol FERNANDO, …. A Piano Player from the Heavens, 19 November 2023
After a long tournament, we reach the final that we all predicted many weeks ago, Lorenz – India vs Australia – with the obvious prediction that India will win. Millions will back India,of course.
Let me take a different path by predicting a win for the Aussies, especially if they bat first. Head, Marsh and Maxwell are dangerous players who can take the game away from India.
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Michael Roberts, reproducing an article written in early December 2003 and presented with the same title in Roberts, Essaying Cricket. Sri Lanka and Beyond, Colombo, Vijitha Yapa Publishers, 2006, pp 107-111 …. with the title inspired by Lord Superior aka Andrew Marcano’s famous calypso line in praise of the marvellous West Indian spin-twins Ramadhin and Valentine: viz, “Cricket Luv’ly Cricket”
In stressing the antithesis to that ditty, I am directed by two awful acts of sportmanshp recently: namely, (A) Mohammed Siraj’s verbal intimidation of Charitha Asalanka with implicit support from skipper Sharma; and (B) skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s position in sticking to the technicalities so as to dismiss Angelo Matthews.
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In my experience from the late 1960s Errol Fernando of Trinity College & Peradeniya University was the fairest of men and one possessing considerable acumen (besides virtuoso fingers at organ and piano) ……
Errol Fernando to Lawrence Heyn, 6 November 2023
Dear Lawrence, Am I allowed to say that the ONLY game that has this thing called ‘Spirit’ is CRICKET? May I add that all other games merely have ‘rules’ but no spirit. Is there a spirit of rugby, golf, football, tennis – even gudu or marbles ?
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The title is Thuppahi Coinage; while the report below is the account penned by Andrew Fidel Fernando from the World Cup heartland, 6 November 2023; … while the highlighting and pictorial illustrations are thuppahi vada
In almost certainly the most explosive press conferences of his career, Angelo Mathews called the actions of opposition captain Shakib Al Hasan and the Bangladesh team “obviously disgraceful”. He said he’d “never seen a team or player stoop so low” in his 15 years of playing international cricket. It was “unfortunate” his helmet strap broke in a match against Bangladesh because he doesn’t think “any other team would do that”, he added.
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Dyan Seneviratne … 
“Dear Cricket Lovers,
Understandably ….. [after the recent debacle in Mumbai in the World Cup match vs India] …. the inevitable cacophony will ring to a crescendo demanding the resignation of all and sundry tagged to SL Cricket – the head coach, batting, bowling, fielding coach and who ever agitated fans feel have contributed to the present debacle as shown in WC 2023 in India. Let’s however pause a bit. Over-reacting by taking a ‘bull in a china shop’ stance will cause more damage!
Michael Roberts in Email Chat with Errol Fernando, 3 November 2023: “Indian Cricketers Today Emulate the Aussies of Yesterday”
Mike Roberts: responding to a cricketing point made by Errol Fernando, on 3 November 2023, re some unplayable balls produced by the Indian pacemen in the World Cup Match at Mumbai on 2nd November 2023
“I agree with you about some of the UNPLAYABLE BALLS, Errol; BUT MY FOCUS HOWEVER IS GOING TO BE on
* Mohmmed Siraj’s threatening verbals.
* The failures HERE of captain Sharma …. the umpires …and the commentators.
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