An open letter to Prasanna Jayawardene

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Dear Prasanna,

Prasanna Jayawardene plays a shot during the first Test match between Sri Lanka and England at Galle.Before this first Test against England, I said things I now regret. I was adamant that Dinesh Chandimal should be the wicketkeeper in this Test match and felt that Chamara Silva should play at your expense. This was not intended to slight you, as you have served Sri Lanka admirably over the years. But I felt it was time for change and there was an opportunity to bolster the middle order, even ignoring the fact that you are clearly one of the top pure wicket-keepers in world cricket.

I was wrong. To even refer to you as a 'pure' wicket-keeper is to subtly insinuate that that you are lacking in other areas of your game. In one entertaining afternoon, you set about showing me how wrong I really was.

As I watched you marshal the tail and steal nearly 90 runs for the last two wickets, it struck me how much value you really bring to this side. Your average since 2010 is over 40, a tremendous achievement for someone who bats at number 7 (let's face it, there's only one Gilchrist!). I am certain your surname prompts unfair and completely unwarranted comparisons with your namesake. Some might also say that your very presence is what allows Kumar Sangakkara to be one of the most dominant batsmen in world cricket, but that too is an underhanded jibe against your true value.

Perhaps I took your brilliance behind the stumps for granted. It's a devilishly complicated and physically draining art, and one that you perform with so much grace, enthusiasm, and energy. We are quick to gush about the elegance of a Sangakkara cover drive, or marvel at Tillakaratne Dilshan's beautiful brutality, but the same adulation isn't forthcoming when you make a diving stop off some seamer's leg side filth or pull off a stumping in the blink of an eye. It's time we showed you more appreciation.

One day we will see Dinesh Chandimal wearing the gloves in your stead. But while he's precociously talented, he's shown us that there is much he still needs to learn about the intricacies of Test cricket, with his dismissal in the first innings being a prime example. Chandimal is the man of tomorrow. But you Prasanna Jayawardene, are the man for right now and you have my heartfelt apology.

Rosh P

This writer is on Twitter: @left_arm_shite

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Ravana's picture
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8 July 2010
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Very elequoently put !

SAM's picture

ROSH P GOOD MAN. YOU ALSO HAVE SHOWN YOUR TRUE COLORS LIKE CRICKET GENERAL PRASANNA JAYAWARDENA. MY CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU.

wanni's picture
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29 March 2012
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Excellent piece of writing both in content and language

hassan's picture

Great Rosh P

hardly we can see anyone nowadays be true to themselves and judge openly.

to admit ones mistakes is the key to success.

you have done well and Prasanna too deserves the praise!!

yes, what you said about Dinesh is 100% stuff. he is a forming jewel for us to embed in the crown of SL cricket once the current block of seniors like Sanga and Mahela call their dayz.

good luck both.

i luv our team...

Stormy's picture
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15 January 2011
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Must say I felt the same about Prasanna playing and still not convinced he will play for much longer but the author does make one very valid point - of late Prasanna has come up with the runs. Having said this leaving out Chandimal is not an option - he is the future and he needs to play so he is ready to take over when the times comes. So what is the solution? They cant both play with Mathews and neither can be dropped. SL may have to opt for one of their favorite moves - throw a guy from no where to open the batting. If this were the case Chandimal is the only choice.

Ravana's picture
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8 July 2010
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It is time for Sanga and dare I say it even Mahela to ease themselves out of the team. Even Samaraweera is on borrowed time.

The youngsters and seniors with exceptional ability have to be given precedence. Tirimanne should stay in for his fielding at short leg, that is a vital position !

Any comments on Sanga's fielding over the last few tests ?

SNR's picture

Well written mate. That 100 he got vs England in Cardiff, made me completely change my mind about PJ's batting. I still think he is the best Wicketkeeper in the world, he's had a couple of poor matches where he dropped a couple of catches. But he showed us how good he really is back in the 2007 Test series (I think) vs Aus in Aus. It's hard to Believe he made his Test Debut Before Sangakkara did.

Chaminda Wickremasuriya's picture

Hellow Rosh,
Cricket is a nobel game played by gentlemen. I am sure it is meant for the rest of the stakeholders as well though it has changed so much from its original context.I wish to congradulate you for being honest in your opinion and also being sincere enough to recorrect it, the moment you felt your opinion was wrong. Also your language skills and logical presentation is excellent. Keep up your good qualities.

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