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Pals who've become fierce rivals (for a day)

THESE businessmen enjoy a successful professional relationship in Dublin -- but pals Rangan Arulchelvan and Nisheeth Tak will be sworn enemies this weekend.

Rangan is from Sri Lanka while Nisheeth is Indian -- and their countries face each other in the cricket World Cup final.

Rangan runs celebrity haunt Krystle nightclub in Dublin. His business partner Nisheeth is one of the most successful Indian exiles here and operates the upmarket Rasam restaurant in Glasthule. Rasam is where you're likely to see Pat Kenny, Miriam O'Callaghan, Rosanna Davison and a host of other celebrities when they dine out.

"I'll be shouting for India. Cricket is a passion where I come from in Bombay. I'm determined to shout louder than Rangan supporting my team," revealed Nisheeth.

Rangan countered: "Nisheeth is my partner in business but by tomorrow he could be my arch enemy.

"If Sri Lanka wins we'll be having a big party in Krystle on Saturday night.

"The champagne corks were popping after Ireland beat England and now hopefully they'll be going again," he said.

Rangan plans to open the Russell Court Hotel especially from 9am in the morning so that fans from both sides can watch the game on the big screens.

Rangan also revealed how a number of the Irish cricket team are expected to drop in throughout the day.

hnews@herald.ie


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