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Adios Mark Ramprakash!

6 Jul


A fan shaking hands with Mark Ramprakash on the day he went on to score his 98th first-class century against Lancashire. [Taken 16 Apr 2008]

He’s one of the few English cricketers I remember dad telling me about as a boy. As a Briton with Asian heritage he always intrigued me, not least for the fact that both parts of his surname feature in my own. But despite a glittering twenty-five year career, Mark Ramprakash was unable to fulfil his prodigious talent on the sport’s biggest stage, Test cricket. His average of 27.32 in 52 Tests (with just two hundreds) pales in comparison with his first-class record of 35,659 runs at an average of 53.14 (with 114 first-class hundreds), along with 13,273 runs in one-day cricket. It is a distinct possibility that he will remain the last cricketer to ever score a hundred first-class centuries, a landmark he reached during the 2008 County Championship. I was fortunate enough to watch him in action earlier that season when he notched his 98th first-class century at The Oval in a rain-affected match against Lancashire. He was always one of the more stylish English batsman of his generation and many will rue the fact that he will perhaps be remembered not so much for his run-accumulation, but for his success in a reality dance competition in 2006. Thanks Ramps for the entertainment and I wish him all the best in the future. Along with Graeme Hick’s retirement four years ago, this truly is the end of English cricket’s 1980s era.

LINK:
England’s flawed technician (David Lloyd, Cricinfo)
A champion of elegance in helmet and pads (Jim White, The Telegraph)

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Asians on Desert Island Discs

5 Jul

You can’t filter the DIDA results by ethnicity so here’s an up-to-date chronological list of all the programme’s South Asian castaways. Surprisingly there have only been twenty so far, so I’ve added two “honorary” South Asians.

1970s:
Ravi Shankar*

1980s:
V.S. Naipaul
Zubin Mehta
Gayatri Devi
Ved Mehta
Madhur Jaffrey
Ben Kingsley
Ismail Merchant
Salman Rushdie

1990s:
Imran Khan
Hanif Kureishi
Saeed Jaffrey

2000s:
Meera Syal
Gulam Noon
Karan Bilimoria
Satish Kumar
Tariq Ali
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Shami Chakrabarti

2010s:
Vikram Seth

BONUS:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala [24 Jan 1999]
Mark Tully [15 Jun 2003]

(* Unfortunately there is no audio available for this episode but you can still see his choices of music, book and luxury.)