It ain’t over till the Eyes Man twirls and tweaks

Prem Panicker on Muttiah Muralitharan:

“Sport is relatively easy to write: angels and demons, heroes and villains, triumphs and tragedies, neatly linear narratives in a way the world, shaded in gradations of gray, rarely is. And that perhaps is the secret of sport’s enduring appeal — it satisfies our need to take sides, to hiss the villain and cheer the hero without worrying about nuance.

“And then there is Muthaiah Muralitharan — neither hero nor villain, neither black nor white; a player who resists being slotted neatly into the pigeonhole labeled ‘greatest spinner in the world’ or equally, the one labeled ‘cheat’.”

Read the full story: Cheat or misunderstood genius?

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