Did Murali bowl a political Doosra?

The ever charming Muttiah Muralitharan of international cricketing fame had been invited to speak at the annual convention of Viyathmaga, described as a think-tank of a putative presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Viyathmaga means, the Way of Intellectuals, but Gotabaya’s opponent Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has dubbed it as the ‘Vipathmaga’ — the Road to Disaster. What Murali’s interest is in Rajapaksa politics and Gotabaya’s ideologies, we are so far not aware of and why he was featured as a star speaker at the inauguration is baffling. Nonetheless, Murali, some news reports said, had bowled a political ‘Doosra’ like his cricketing ‘Doosra’ which many leading batsmen had not been able to read and come a cropper, making him the world’s leading wicket taker in Test Cricket.

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  1. I hate debating politics on this forum but will make an exception. Guys like Murali should not go with a begging bowl to the vermin we call politicians. Instead they should demand politicians to ‘clean up’ if they want the support of Murali. Else, it amount to ‘political laundering’ i.e. politicians using clean images of people like Murali to clean themselves of the filth they live in – aka politics.

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