I have just returned from what was a trip of a lifetime. I was in Australia and New Zealand watching the Cricket World Cup. A dream come true for me and a dream which involved much expense and lots of planning and organizing.
I guess there are two types of cricket audiences: There is the wannabe expert, who basically laps up every word said by the commentators and regurgitates it as their own.
When I saw the Sydney Cricket Ground a sea of pink with a sell-out crowd in attendance, it was time to reflect on the difference between what is going on in Sri Lanka vis-a-vis Australia.
I came across the following line in an article published by cricinfo: "playing for a team that appears to regard defeat as an unfortunate inconvenience in the headlong pursuit of money"
But don’t you think, if we had to lose, it would be nice to lose to certain teams rather than others?
I never thought that I would write a piece with a title such as this! Then again, as the James Bond film title goes: "Never say never".
So, we have finished three tough tours.
When Asitha Jayaweera, acknowledged by those who know as the greatest captain Royal College ever had, made a decision to leave our cricket at the u-19 level ( when he and Mendis captained a series against Australia in the mid 1970's) he went off to England to pursue his studies and into relative oblivion.
There is little doubt that we will get a green top in Cape Town. Sometimes I wonder what the Match referee is there for ?
Watching Kallis bowling bouncers at Dilhara Fernando ( a no 11 batter if ever there was one ! ) presumably because Kaliis was struck on the helmet by a bouncer from Dilhara, in the first test.
The FTP should be given a new name! The Kiwis are getting trashed, so are the Windies and Bangladesh. We have that pleasure in store for us and the day seems to be coming inexorably closer.
A comprehensive loss to Pakistan leaves all Sri Lankan cricket fans with only “more of the same” to expect in the near future.
While watching that horrible inept batting display in the 4th ODI against Australia I got a telephone call.
I would like to present a slightly different outlook to what seems to be the current opinion held by the “pundits” on how the 3rd ODI between England and Sri Lanka ended yesterday.
The highly biased English press, led by “Bumble” the heavily accented, constantly whining parody of a Englishman, aided and abetted by the English man with the Indian mentality Nasser Hussein, have gone into rhapsodies about how immature and selfish the finish of the game was.