They say Cats have NINE lives…but it seems, LUCKY THIRI has even more! When Tharanga edges a ball just once from 100 balls, he has a weakness in many SL eyes, including the so called SELECTORS.! (He was mostly not so Lucky as Thiri to get any Lives or Consecutive Chances from Selectors as seen throughout his career).
Consecutive Lives of Thirimanne in this WC so far:
1) Vs Eng – 3.3 Over- Broad to Thiri, EDJED & DROPPED a simple one – Lucky 4 runs!
2) Vs BD -0.4 Ovr – Mortaza to Thiri, EDJED & DROPPED a dolly by sloppy slip!
3) Vs BD – 8.5 Over – EDGED Mashrafe outside off again & DROPPED –Lucky 4 runs!
4) Vs AF – 0.1 Over – LBW Out. missed the Luck this time.
5) Vs NZ – 0.4 Over -Southee to Thir'si outside EDGE missed the slip!
6) Vs NZ – 16.2 Over -Elliott to Thiri, straightforward LOB to McCullum – DROPPED.!
How Lucky it can be..? Later on in his inning yesterday, certainly he had played really well, making full use of that Pure Luck rides with him so far. Hope he would get many more like that in the coming matches as well. Experienced Upul Tharanga can now carry the towel & drinks to the middle, in his Newly Assigned Role by our "Team Management Authorities". As it appears, they simply got him down at this late stage, just to assign him those important duties. This latest "gesture" seems to have resulted only in avoiding this poor lad from leading his team NCC, to another success this year, in domestic premiere league.
My sole purpose of giving those "outside-the-off stump -EDGING" lives was to open up the eyes of many blind followers, gullible to slanders spread by malicious culprits in SL cricket (to fulfill their own agendas). As any who touched the leather with willow would know, this edging tendency is common to any opener. Above facts were given to prove the point yet again about the SELECTIVE CRITICISM, unfairly laid upon an extremely talented single sole, who has been vastly discriminated, just because his origin is outside the limits of PULL-FILLED Kingdom of COLOMBO.
Undoubtedly, Thiri is a technically sound good young player for the future (compared to Dimuth & the rest of new-bunch) & certainly his last inning was a superb one. I never intended to take that credit away from him.
The good thing is, Thiri's lives may have set-off some of the costly lapses SL experienced throughout during this WC, thanks to SL's SLOPPY fielding…as long as these authorities & Mathews are there to take care of, Dimuth Karunarathne can keep HIS PLACE in the team, MORE SECURE than the place reserved for Rising Sun in Eastern Sky, every morning !