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Pushpakumara to MRF

Remember Ravindra Pushpakumara, the former fast bowling sensation. Pushpakumara who broke into the Sri Lanka team as an excellent fast bowler, is back in the scene again. Not as a paceman.

He will be leaving soon to MRF in India and work with former Australian pace ace Dennis Lillee and T. Sekhar, learning how to train young aspiring fast bowlers.

Pushpakumara fully deserves this stint.

When he was playing for Sri Lanka, along with left armer Chaminda Vaas, they formed the combination of the local Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram duo. Pushpakumara and Vaas looked so much like the Pakistan wonderful duo.

But after a couple of failures, it was sad to see Pushpakumara being dropped and consigned to the land of forgotten fast bowlers in Sri Lanka.

Pushpakumara when he was spearheading the Lankan attack was poetry in motion. He had a dream fast bowler's action, had tremendous pace and bowled with great hostility.

It looked as though this combination would take Sri Lanka cricket into the future. But sadly Pushpakumara failed to deliver in some of the games, and he had to suffer the ignominy of being dropped and never to be considered again.

While other players would be persisted after many failures, Pushpakumara was bowled out by the selectors of that time, who did not show mercy to this promising bowler and that was the end of an innings for Pushpakumara.

Pushpakumara's stint at the MRF Fast Bowlers Academy, has been made possible by Arjuna Ranatunga, Chairman, Sri Lanka Cricket and Aravinda de Silva, batting coach of the under-19 team.

Ranatunga and de Silva need no introduction.

Once Pushpakumara returns, he will be in charge of the young fast bowlers in the country. That he will do a good job with them is assured.

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