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Nuwan Ranasinghe

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Nuwan is an upcoming sports writer who has written for several online publications. He started with The Substitute in 2012, afterwards he wrote for The Sporting Journal in 2013. In June 2012, Nuwan began his YouTube channel named Off The Mark, producing videos that shared a comical and witty perspective on cricket. Nuwan interviewed high profile international cricketers, his most notable guest being Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara in January 2013. Nuwan joined RealSport in 2017, a new fan-based website that covered range of different sports. Nuwan conducted podcasts and skype interviews with RealSport’s editors, giving his insight and analysis on cricket. Nuwan joined The Roar in August 2018 to further his sports writing ambitions. His goal is to become a respected television or radio cricket commentator in the future. Through accumulating further experience and opportunities Nuwan is hopeful that he can make it into the commentary box one day.

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I was wondering when we would see an uneducated comment or two doused in fragile masculinity. That wasn’t the main point of the article at all mate. If women were as ‘bad’ as the men on the cricket field I would be the first to call it out. ‘Unfortunately’ (lol) it hasn’t been the case at all.
Last time I checked it was three blokes who decided to tamper with a cricket ball in South Africa. Three blokes that a lot of young kids in this great land of ours looked up to as role models and heroes. Let that sink in for a minute.

Why cricket is Australia’s most feminist sport

Didn’t know we had to be biased towards social inclusion and embracing women’s cricket. Strange world we live in, isn’t it?

Why cricket is Australia’s most feminist sport

Wouldn’t have a clue mate, perhaps you could publish an eloquent article on that one?

Why cricket is Australia’s most feminist sport

haha that’s all we got these days unfortunately!

A day in the life of a Sri Lankan cricket fan

Cheers Trevine hope you enjoyed the read!

A day in the life of a Sri Lankan cricket fan

Cheers Spanner! Hopefully Lankan cricket will be on the upward curve soon! I can only imagine McGrath would be seething with rage at such nonchalance by Jayasuriya.

A day in the life of a Sri Lankan cricket fan

Spot on Carl! Hope you enjoyed the read haha

A day in the life of a Sri Lankan cricket fan

Embarrassing isn’t it?

Australia win at the Gabba on Day 3

yeah Lakmal did exceptionally well, but in all honesty I am still not too confident about Sri Lanka’s chances. The batting has been horrible. To me it’s an attitude thing.
The West Indies are hammering England right now because they want to dominate and they want to be aggressive. It’s not the same with Sri Lanka. Their heads drop as soon as there is no wicket for half an hour and the wayward bowling begins. The Canberra pitch should be more suited to what they’re used to back home.
and yes you’re right Australia won this game going at about 80-90% capacity. They still have a few chinks to iron out which were masked well due to the comprehensive nature of this victory. Starc needs to stop spraying the ball everywhere and Khawaja needs to clear his mind.

Australia win at the Gabba on Day 3

Well I didn’t say to remove Viv, my suggestion was to swap Clive Lloyd with Shiv instead.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Hopefully! Kusal Mendis to me would probably be the most likely candidate to get a hundred for Sri Lanka on this tour.

Sri Lankan Test centurions in Australia

You’re joking right?? His stats and record speaks for himself. I feel as though poor Shiv was often hard done by due to his introverted character and personality. He is a quiet achiever who doesn’t like to draw much attention to himself, unlike the others you have mentioned. Hence he gets sidelined often and is forgotten pretty easily. He literally carried the West Indies on his own during their sharp demise in the early-to-mid 2000s. The bloke also didn’t hang up the boots until he was 41 years old, which is almost unheard now of in modern day cricket.

He has a Test match batting average of 51.37 (better than Vivs), 30 Test match hundreds (6 more than Viv) and has even scored the 5th fastest Test match hundred of all time. On top of that, he was awarded the ICC Test match cricketer of the year in 2008 and was even crowned with an honorary doctorate of Laws from the University of the West Indies for his services to cricket.

He may have been an ugly batsman to watch due to his unusual stance but he was bloody effective! I still remember that last ball-six he hit off Chaminda Vaas to win a crucial ODI against Sri Lanka. They literally needed a six off the last ball to win, and Shiv did it. Such were the skills he had.

I would probably replace Clive Lloyd with Shiv if I were you. Shiv was also captain of the West Indies for a time, and I think his leadership carries more weight, as he had to lead a much weaker Windies outfit where as Lloyd had a team of champions. As awesome as Lloyd was I don’t think he’s up there in the ‘legends’ column. He had ‘only’ had a Test match batting average of 46.

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Where’s Chanderpaul??!!

Who are the five greatest West Indian cricketers of all time?

Hahaha what a great night that was!

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Haha no despite being a Sri Lanka fan we are often notoriously well-known for being the most pessimistic sports fans out there my friend. When I was a kid, my father would walk away from the living room if Sangakkara or Jayasuriya were dismissed for a low score, and he would declare that the game was over hahaha.

Even with Sanga, Jayawardene and Herath around Sri Lanka were still pretty useless in Australia. Would be a miracle to see this team pull off a win, because their bowling is chockers. Embarrassing for Australia definitely, but unlikely.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

LOL well I believe they’re still licking their wounds given this hodge-podge selection of players for the 1st Test. Apologies for the apparently bad metaphorical language use there mate, perhaps I should use a more obvious one next time.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Yeah he has struggled against Starc that’s true but he was still awarded as the opener in the ICC Test team for 2018, so that ought to count for something. Let’s see if he’ll overcome his hoodoo against Starc this time around. The whole Lankan team needs a bit of a gee up though given all the off-field drama they have had. Perhaps a replay of 1996 world cup final could help for a bit of inspiration there Ronan?

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Oh wow Ronan definitely got his prediction wrong there LOL. Sri Lanka are dyanmite at home (usually) and I remember that series. It was one of those series where Shaun Marsh also showed us that he could bat sometimes too…

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Of course Australia will take this game seriously, my point is that their attitude towards Sri Lanka is similar to the way we used to look at Bangladesh – as easybeats. Doesn’t mean Australia will take their foot off the pedal by any means, but they definitely sound more confident and upbeat about defeating Sri Lanka compared to India.

Sri Lanka have some good young players too but there is a lot of drama and player infighting going on right now which is damaging the spirit of the team. A lot of Sri Lanka players are being investigated by the ICC for corruption and match-fixing, causing the players to lose trust in one another. Let’s hope the Lankans can put this garbage behind them and play some good test cricket.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Yeah it will require a team effort to topple Australia, and also a positive attitude! There’s been way too many bad news stories coming out of Sri Lanka too which is hurting the morale of the team.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Wouldn’t say Sri Lanka’s batting is ‘better’ given how weak both sides are they’re probably even keel at this stage. Australia’s bowling is definitely far superior.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

oh yeah very embarrassing! Most SL fans (including myself) aren’t very optimistic about it, but you never know. I should ask Chandimal to watch a few reruns of the 1996 World Cup final for a bit of inspiration haha!

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Yeah Kusal Mendis is a proven game-changer, he’s a very talented young batsman. ahaha and what’s wrong with calling India ‘all-conquering’ ? They basically were? They drew the T20 series which they would have won if the last game wasn’t rained out. They won the Tests and the ODIs too? They are definitely all-conquering to me…

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

I think Langer should stay on regardless of the result. It’s the selectors that probably need a shake up if Australia loses.

Take Sri Lanka for granted at your peril

Yeah I agree the bounce will cause big issues plus they’ll be mentally demoralised after their New Zealand tour. There are some positives though with their batting – In the first test they showed that they can last if they show some application, but the loss of Mathews leaves a big hole in their team. I’m trying to be positive though because something tells me Chandimal is gonna encourage his team to give it a red-hot go when they start on Thursday.

Sri Lanka face an uphill task