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Friday, June 9, 2023

Pallu - dilscoop ....... ... and more !!

 The beauty of the saree is determined by its ‘Pallu’  (the broad hem) – ask any Man, who accompanies his wife or sisters or – when buying a saree !!  - would you have observed many  ‘a good lookin model showing pallu in saree advts’ .. .. Tilakaratne Dilshan ?!?


Since the inception of Twenty20 cricket we’ve seen some outlandish additions to the shotmaker’s arsenal. Kevin Pietersen turned himself into a left-hander, Eoin Morgan turned himself inside out and MS Dhoni helicoptered himself off his feet – all calculated attempts to overcome the combination of ever-evolving bowling and stifling field placements. 

In 2009, at the World T20 in England, Tillakaratne Dilshan added his name to the list of cricket’s out-of-the-box thinkers and in doing so defined a tournament, brought a unique shot to the world’s attention and added a new word to the cricketing lexicon.

As Watson trundled up to the wicket Dilshan shuffled across to a position outside his off-stump: unconventional maybe, but not yet groundbreaking. What followed was revolutionary, as he crouched down and positioned himself inside and under the ball before flaying it over the head of the Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.  The shot was infectious, a revelation, and it is now firmly part of the game. It may not have been invented by Dilshan. 

Couple of years later in 2011 WC campaign, there were advertisements of Dilshan trying to drape sareee pallu over his shoulder again and again and thus mastering the dilscoop shot !!! 

Sarees are evergreen and timeless. It’s enchanting  as each saree is different – experience of any man who had accompanied buying  saree - to see unstitched, seamless fabric turn into a gorgeous ensemble, each time a saree is draped. Pallu – the loose end of a saree – generally draped over shoulders – is integral in saree drape and design.


Here is my favourite chocolate Pigeon trying to show its pallu or its entire plumage 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

1 comment:

  1. Super.
    B Venkatakrishnan