July 7, 2012

English cricket

Saluting Ramprakash's unceasing resolve

Abhishek Mukherjee

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.

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