Journalist Ranjan Anandappa no more

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By 2017-12-08

Veteran sports journalist House Ranjan Anandappa passed away yesterday morning. Ranjan, as he was popularly known, had a 30-year career at Lake House, was working for the Sunday Observer at the time of his death. He began his journalistic career at the Sun newspaper in 1984.

He played cricket for Ananda College in 1967-68 and was a useful left arm in swing bowler that bemused many batsmen. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy after leaving school.

He later contributed to cricket by turning to umpiring and match official until recently.
He harnessed his sports knowledge to become one of the country's leading sports journalists and columnists. In addition to local and international cricket he covered several other sports including rugby, motor sport and athletics.

He was also a talented vocalist and recorded songs in Sinhala and English on cricket: one was dedicated to Sri Lanka spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran. His songs were also telecast on television channels. May he rest in peace.
He is survived by wife Christine, a son and a daughter.

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