“Left arm spinners cannot unclog your drains, teach your children or cure your diseases. But once in a while, the very best of them will bowl a ball that will bring an entire nation to its feet. And while there is no practical use in that, there is most certainly value.”
The quote above is from Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, the debut cricket novel from the fine young Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka.
That’s the promising beginning to a piece by my friend Venkat (@venkatananth) on the enfant terrible of Indian cricket. Okay, on second thoughts, scratch enfant.