We think we might have subconsciously adopted Malinda Warnapura and we’ve no real idea when it happened or why. All we know is that he scored a hundred against India today and we thought ‘well played our guy’.
At that point we stopped. ‘Wait a minute, why are we thinking of him as ‘our guy’?’ A quick check of the King Cricket archives revealed no eating competition victories and no sign that he’s sociopathically oblivious to the world around him – like Shahid Afridi with his expert grasp on match situations and how to bat accordingly. Nothing.
We can only think it’s something to do with him having played league cricket in Yorkshire, but that doesn’t seem like much of a reason. Does it?