Hundreds are overrated

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Cricketers by nature have an ego. Some annoyingly so and some act humble as a pretence to cover it up. It is a by-product of their skill. It doesn’t matter if it’s an international player or your best mates 12 year old son who just joined your local club. There is someone we think we are better than. It’s this ego that lends itself into the sort of player that you are. Mahela Jayawardene is one of those humble players. And he played a humble, dogged innings – which is natural to him.

Angelo MathewsThe innings Angelo Mathews played wasn’t that. It was so far removed from what every bone in his body is telling him to do. It was almost anti-Mathews

Just a couple of days ago, I said that Matthews should lose his Test spot if he doesn’t get 100 chasing 350 with the tail. He didn’t. But he shouldn’t be dropped either. Mathews finally showed that he belongs at the Test level.

Test Cricket is at most times a battle within yourself. A self examination within a team environment. Mathews took on himself yesterday and beat himself into a pulp.

First, came the nervous prods and mistimed drives. Then, came the reining in. Ugly defence shots. Control. But not too much control that he charged down the wicket and mishit a few. The Aussies were testing Mathews and Mathews was testing himself.

Sure, there is disappointment but there should also be satisfaction. Mathews didn’t need a hundred. He needed proof that he belonged. That he could graft it out when his team demanded it. That he could control himself.

In every player's career there is a defining moment. This may or may not have been it. But it should provide Matthews with the self worth I think he is chasing. 

The ablity to put aside the type of player you are for the needs of the system is what makes good players great . And Mathews is certainly on his way to becoming better than most.

Lets just hope he doesn't develop a 90s complex like Shane Watson.

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Ravana's picture
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Agreed I rate Mathew's score higher than Mahela's hundred.

If Mahela went on to a 150 maybe I would have gone into raptures! He did the optimum expected of him but what was needed was slightly more.

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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Thanks Ravana. If Mahela had scored 150 we probably would have won. Glad you see my point about Angie. I really hope he turned a corner. Guess we shall find out in a day or 2.

Hilal's picture
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Is it just me or does Sanga look pretty vulnerable against spin, when he's not looking to attack the spinners?

Anonymous's picture

I just wanted to ask what the point of the first paragraph of this article? The points you made about every player having an ego, but that mahela was a humble player. :$

Hilal's picture
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If only two of the top three scored half centuries...

The difference between the sides is the batting; the Aussies have four or five Sangakkaras and Mahelas in their side.

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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Annon - Every player has an ego, but they are of different types. Some brandish it - like KP. Mahela hides it by being humble. Doesn't mean it's not there. Get it ?

Hilal - Not sure about Sanga and spin. Have you noticed his slight change in stance recently, with the bat in air while the bowler is running in. And he also seems to LOVE to be on the walk these days. He looks be bit stupid doing it and will probably get caught out more often than not!

Anonymous's picture

This guy should bat more higher in the order..see what happen in the second test match 1st inings as well..he ran out of people....he should have sent atleast before prasanna J...utter waste of good talent..

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Good point this read raises about Mathews. He really needed that innings for everyone and most of all for hisself. He also played a back to the wall test innings which surely gives the sense that he does belong here. There was too much left for him to do in the end but he did what he had to and what he could. There were doubts about both till now.

Anonymous's picture

All that you said in this article is quite right except the first line.you can't generalize that cricketers have ego and those who don't seems to have it are actually pretending it.i think my next question can be used as a way to prove this statement wrong.does sachin tendulkar has ego or is he pretending that he is so humble?

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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I think you've misunderstood what I mean by ego here. It's more about the self belief in their skill and how they express it rather than what you are thinking - which is more about their personality.

Some players are more expressive in that belief to the point of being outlandish

Others have layers that hide it.

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