If you can’t take anyone criticising Sri Lankan cricketers, don’t read this. It’s that simple.
To the rest, this is my rant!
You could almost bet on it that Mahela would fail. If I had the dosh, I would have placed a decent wager and won.
Come on? 81 vs New Zealand, 100 against Zimbabwe, and 98 against West Indies? All three teams have average bowling attacks. Throw in some pace, bounce and three guys who can bowl over 140KM/H and Messers Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Dilshan and Sangakkara will resemble a Sunday league club’s top four.
I bet you’re calling me an a-hole for bringing this all up.
Do I care? No.
Take a look back at every scorecard. Be it Test matches, ODIs, T20, heck even warm-up matches. The Aussies have consistently kicked our butts time and time again for YEARS. Today was not going to be any different.
Let me remind you the state of mind captain Sangakakra was in, he totally ruled out any pace and bounce on the track. Malinga was bowling to a predominantly off-side field. No yorkers, or even a bouncer could be attempted by the bowler. The track hadn’t died down being the second match played on it, on the day? It still had fire.
Forget the old cronies in our batting line up (Jayasuriya-40, Jayawardene-32, Sangakkara-32, Dilshan-33), what about the next generation? How about the upcoming talent? Did you guys witness how Dinesh Chandimal batted? This is a bloke who is considered to be one of the best in our young crop of upcoming stars! Can you imagine the plight us fans will have to face in the next 10 years?
Guys like Chandimal hit the international stage looking like 13 year old schoolboy cricketers. Just not ready for the next level. This is a guy who was the highest run scorer in our T20 tournament. Says a lot about our standards doesn’t it?
Can you picture any of the guys waiting for their chance to play for Sri Lanka taking on the Aussies at the Kengsington Oval today? Could you see Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kithruwan Vithanage, or Rumesh Buddhika taking on the Australian fast bowlers and holding their own? Nope. None have the technique, nor the confidence to get anywhere in this game.
As long as we keep playing teams with weaker bowling attacks on flat tracks, we can pretend as though we are a good team.