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Murali and Sanga

Murali and Sanga

Forging Identity and Pride through Cricket in a Small Island Nation

Chapter:
(p.186) Murali and Sanga
Source:
More than Cricket and Football
Author(s):
Gamage Harsha PereraTim B. Swartz
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.003.0010

This chapter examines two cricket stars from the small island nation of Sri Lanka: bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, aka Murali, who led his team to a World Cup title in 1993, and batsman Kumar Sangakkara (aka Sanga). National icons of rivalrous ethnic cultures, the Tamil and the Sinhalese, during a bloody period of civil war, they came to embody cricket-mad Sri Lanka.

Keywords:   Cricket, Sri Lanka, Ethnic strife, School sport, Nationalism

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