Saluting Ramprakash's unceasing resolve
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash played cricket for 25 years before retiring. Barney Ronay, writing in the Guardian, pays tribute to Mark Ramprakash's single-mindedness that defined an 'era' in English cricket.
It is above all the sense of unwavering purity of purpose that will be missed. Cricket is a sport of endless yearly renewal, and with Ramprakash there was never any real sense of a diminution of intensity. Right up until his final season he was still the most promising 42-year-old batsman in England, still wreathed in that old Ramprakash buzz that seems to have simply always been there.