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IF South Africa Loses 2nd Test To India — DESERVED To Lose For Playing Like Pillocks.

by Anura Guruge


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I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.

I like South Africa (and the players) and as you can see here celebrated when they won the 1st Test.

I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.

Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.

Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.

AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.

IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.

Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated —  used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.

I am keeping my fingers crossed …


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In Sri Lanka Women May Not Be Allowed To Buy Alcohol, But They Can — And Have Been — President Or Prime Minister.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the UK “Daily Mail” original.



I did not know about this ban — or its reinstatement — until a friend e-mailed me a link Monday morning. It was all news to I. I never knew that there was such a ban — primarily because I have never tried to buy alcohol in Sri Lanka.

Anywho … anybody who thinks that this ban reflects badly on Sri Lanka’s treatment of women obviously is not familiar with what makes Sri Lanka truly GREAT.

The World’s first democratically elected female Head of State (i.e., Prime Minister)
— in 1960. My aunty Bandaranaike.

Got that. FIRST female Prime Minister in the World.

We have also had a female President.

I am sure Hillary Clinton would have gladly forgone her right to buy alcohol if she could have been President. {Smile}

Something else to consider. This ban is said to have been instituted in 1979 — by Sri Lanka’s increasingly rabid Buddhists.

OK. Since then there have been two female Heads of State (albeit mother and daughter). They obviously did not see this as a major women’s issue — i.e., being precluded from buying alcohol.

Yes, Sri Lankans are funny — real funny — about everything to do with alcohol.

It is a Buddhist thing — though all that Buddhism asks from you is that you TRY and refrain from partaking in intoxicating substances.

Growing up in Ceylon (the prior name of Sri Lanka) in the 1950s and 1960s, alcohol was a taboo subject among middle- and upper-class Sinhala buddhists (such as my adoptive family).

My adoptive parents (and grandparents) were genuine teetotalers. Alcohol was never served at our house — even when my adoptive father was an Ambassador in Paris (France) and Washington D.C. My parents really frowned upon those that drank and had a hard time coming to terms that I was basically a hopeless wino.

Some of my uncles drank — and we all knew of their penchant for drink. But, they drank in private! It was a crazy society.

Yes, women not being allowed to serve or make alcohol is a problem.

But, not being able to buy alcohol should not really be a problem. For all of our faults, Sri Lankan males tend to be a gallant, chivalrous and RANDY bunch of buggers. We would never dream of letting a female buy a drink. We would always get them one. {Smile}

So …

Not good, BUT not the end of the world.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists are a dangerous bunch. I have said that before.

But, do NOT extrapolate this to mean that women are downtrodden in Sri Lanka.

Just remember. Just remember: Sirimavo Bandaranaike — the World’s first female prime minister.


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South Africa’s Aiden Markram Must Break The Bad Habit Of Getting Out In The 90s!

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He got out, AGAIN, in the 90s — 94 to be precise — in the 2nd Test against India.

5th Test match and he has been out in the 90s TWICE. That has to be a record.

He has also scored 2 centuries already and set a record doing that — 1st South African to score two centuries in his first three Tests.

He passed 500 Test runs during this innings of 94. 5th Test match — 500 runs (and he has another Innings). That is impressive.

He is an attractive and talented player. I spotted that the first time I saw.

Yes, I cried when he missed his first century — on debut.

Today was different. This was his fault. Slightly loose shot.

Aaaahhhh!

His parents were crushed. They zoomed in on them — multiple times. Father looks NOTHING like him. Wow. The difference.


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South Africa’s Nail-Biting Win Against India, In The 1st Test Match, Made My Day!

by Anura Guruge


From Cricinfo.com, of course. Click here for coverage.


What a 4th day, after the 3rd was lost, completely, to rain.

I like the South African team — as I can plainly be seen by posts such as this. I love their genuine camaraderie, that transcends color, culture and religion. Nelson would be so proud and happy of this team. There is no other team in the World, right now, that has this level of seamless integration and bonding. Always a joy to see them.

When India skittled them out for 130 with just a 207-run lead I was SURE that Virat Kohli and his boys will score that with ease. They had a day and a half to do so.

I, however, was hoping that South Africa might fight back and OH BOY, did they.

It was so exciting and tense. Wow. Really enjoyed it.


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Why The Australian Cricket Players Are Wearing Black Armbands In The 4th (Boxing Day) Test Match.

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I, per my “eagle eyes” reputation, do not miss these things. But, did not know who had died because that was not included in the commentary snippets in the highlights package. I had assumed it must be an ex-player and wondered if it would be one that I knew.

So, I had to Google. A player’s father-in-law! Hhmmm. I guess it is up to them — and to be fair Tim Paine is playing, as the wicketkeeper no less.

Anywho. Now we know.


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Louis Pasteur, As In Pasteurization, Was Born This Day 135-Years Ago, In France.

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Yes, of course, he was considered on the greatest scientist of the 19th century.

In addition to pasteurization, which we come across every time we reach for a contained of milk, he paved the way to much of the ‘healthy‘ lifestyle protocols we take for granted today. Without him life expectancy would be 30-years shorter.

As the above image depicts I have a personal connection with Louis Pasteur. My adoptive parents lived in an apartment that was next door to his famous institute, in Paris, from 1978 – 1985. You looked right across, over a well maintained yard, straight at the Institute. Moreover, the address of the building was #10 Rue du Dr. Roux — named after his colleague, Émile Roux.


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Johannes Kepler, The Giant Of Astronomy, Was Born This Day 446-Years Ago, In ‘Germany’.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Kepler



One of my favorite astronomers. Without his planetary laws we would be so lost.

I wrote about him and my admiration for him in January 2014. So, I will not repeat myself. But, please check it out.

He was a TRUE great. Quite the man. That he was born that long ago is sobering.


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