I have been following cricket since my childhood (age 11). As Sri Lanka is a very small country majority around the world do not know about us. Mainly any sport was dominated by the big countries. We did not have any chance.As a child it was really dispointing to see we are internationally not doing well.In 1996 our dream came true. We were able to win a world cup. Then we came to a stage where we win most of the matches. After that, loosing a match is like a crime for us.
This article is about Angelo Mathews. When i was small my hero was none other than Aravinda De Silva. I was a big fan of him. Whenever he scores a fifty or a hundred i will be happy. Nowadays my hero is Angelo mathews. When he entered the team as a youngster i was not that fond of him.He gradually became a good cricketer. So i became a fan of him. I liked he being the captain of Sri Lanka.
Unfortunately he is having so much hard time during last few years due to injury, lack of support , rivary , jealousy, coaches/administrators being changed. And other reasons are unknown. His religious believes are different to majority of the poeple here as well. So majority of the poeple may do not like to support him. As they want heriocs from their back ground only . They do not like to see other religious person succesfully doing something. Because that point may lead to prove that their own religious beliefs may be wrong.
However, im writing this in a direct manner in order to express my thought on the current situation. I know majority of the poeple will not agree with this point. My advice to mathews is to take this negative environment as a possitive thing. Winners never give up. Just look Imran khan . How he became a succesful leader. He was able to win the world cup and finally became the leader of Pakistan. He had so much defeats, so much negatives , that negatives made him stronger. If you do not have troubles that means you are not going to improve. Successful poeple allways face difficulties. With out difficulties you will not get improved or move forward.
I must say that it is good that you openely expressed your disapointment for forcing you to step down from captaincy. Take look at Arjuna Ranathunga or MS Dhoni, these poeple are not afraid to speak their views publicly. They do criticize unjustice or unlogical decisions. Cricket is a mental game. You have to be tough both inside the fence and outside the ground. Politics is allways anywhere. Allways be happy when the environmnet is not supporting you. Be happy when the environemnet is against you. Everybody will be your opponent. Only yourself will be supporting you. Then you can grow.
We know that you have been groomed to be the captain early by Kumar and Mahela. So they gave you the hope and the dream. But now the entire country is against you. They are breaking your dreams. Any leader can accept the win. But accepting the defeats very difficult than accepting wins. Imran lost elections several times in politics and in cricket also he suffered heavy losses as a player and as a captain . Look at arjuna he lost lot of games before transforming as captain cool. MS Dhoni is a very differnt person. He win most of the time. He transformed from easy guy to a tough captain . Nowadays you dont see he is smiling .He is allways seriously focusing on the game .You must follow poeple like them. Try to understand the mindset of these poeple. Micheal clarck was able to win the icc 2015 world cup .Nobody gave a huge praise for his duty. But he silently did his job. He also had many ups and downs. He lost ashes and poeple blamed him for his decisions. But finally he did his job.
Do not rely on anybody, just rely on you. Accept the social network fun post of yourself as a joke. Allways expect negative from fans. You know what to do. Mistakes makes you a tough person. With out any hard time you will get nothing. Life is allways about facing the challenges. Learn from the mistakes, never repeat it again.
We wish you good luck. Hope miracle will happen and hope you will be able to bowl again and captain the side again.