Monday, December 19, 2005

Cricket, Crazy Cricket

Sri Lankan’s are doing it again. They get India in trouble in the first part of the innings and then let one of their batsmen to perform a getting out of jail routine to post a very good total. This has become so routine no one is surprised by it now. More like disgusted! And then the batsmen perform so ineptly that a casual observer will wonder how the other team got a so big total.

What complicates the matter is that Lankans have opted to drop one of their most experienced & talented batsman in the form of Sanath Jayasuriya and Jehan Mubarak is the man deemed good enough to replace him. Pure bullshit! Mubarak’s first class average hovers around the thirties! This is not the first time it has happened. He continues to get selected, while more talented compatriots like Micheal Vandort, Ian Daniels, Shnatha Kalavitigoda are sidelined or given scant opportunities.

And this all have been good if he can play decently. Mubarak has failed miserably in all the 3 inning he batted & shows no sign of improving. His inclusion is mystery to everyone. Of course the current predicament of Sri Lankan team can’t be blamed solely upon Mubarak’s batting. Sangakkara continues to thrill & frustrate the Sri Lankan fans in equal measure. He plays some lovely shots & in the next instance plays some bloody stupid shot & gets out. Attapattu & Jayawardane are doing ok, but they need to do more than ok. They are the most experienced players & they should take more responsibility. As of now Sri Lanka were all out for 206 & they narrowly avoided follow on thanks to Dilshan & Malinga Bandara. Let’s hope we can at least salvage a draw & avoid a 2-0 series loss.

Friday, December 16, 2005

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Sea viewed from top of the Trinco Fort

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A Short but Nice Trip to Trincomalee

Went to Trincomalee with mother & Sis. Actually went to Kantale & then from there went to Trinco. Stayed at one of sister's friend's house in Kantale.
It was the first time I've been to Trinco. The beach was quite wonderful. Which made it all more sadder the fact we couldn't visit Famous Nelaveli beach beacuse of the hartal situation prevailing in Trinco. The sea at Trinco is a one huge plate of blue water with almost no waves.
Visited Koneswaram kovil in Trinco Fort. There were quite a of deers inside the fort. They were running here and there without slightest regard about humans. They are unharmed due to the fact that they are mainly living in and around the Army camp.
I will definetely go back again to spend moretime there & to visit Nilaveli too. Since I have quite a bit of leave left should organize a trip soon.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Brian Charles Lara - The King

Full name
Brian Charles Lara
Born May 2, 1969, Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad
Current age 36 years 220 days
Major teams West Indies,ICC World XI,
Northern Transvaal
Trinidad & Tobago,Warwickshire
Batting style Left-hand bat

This is a somewhat late post. But it has to be done. He utterly deserves it. He is the best in the current generation (1990 onwards) of cricketers. No-one since Don Bradman has built massive scores as often and as fast as Lara in his pomp. Although some argues that Sachin Tendulkar is better many neutrals (I’m not a neutral, after Sri Lanka Windies are my favourite team!) lean towards Lara. With his eye catching stance with bat raised high, weight balanced on his right foot is a sight many cricket lovers love to see. This is the only man to reclaim the highest scorer in an innings record. This is a batsman who has scored 688 runs in a 3 match series (against Sri Lanka) with scores of 221 & 130, but ended up in the losing side.
Of course Lara has many lean periods as well as majestic peaks. When he in concentrated on his batting he is the biggest nightmare of any bowling attack. Ask any England test bowler. Both Muralitharan & Warne held him highest regard as the best batsman they have bowled against. Even in the twilight of his career he remains a constant threat against any bowling attack & unfortunately most of the time the only hope of West Indies team. Although he is 36 years old he showed in the Australian series that he can continue sometime without any problem. May he get the strength & the determination to entertain us for many years to come, because he is not the prince, He is the King!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Hip Hop @ Anuradhapura

If you are a Sri Lankan, Yes The title is correct. Last saturday the first ever Hip Hop concert was held in New Town Anuradhapura. It was organized by one of my friends ( Shamika). Me & Della (Nuwan) went to A'pura on Saturday morning to help. Actually more of us were supposed to go from colombo, but as usual come saturday morning they had varies other tasks(damn lies & lazy buggers). Anyway we two had to man the ticket counters since the Shamika & guys didn't want to be there since if they were issuing tickets many would want to get in to the hall for free! It was held at Swarnamali Girls convent Hall & around 800 to 900 people attended. Actually I was suprised to see such a big crowd for concert of this kind in Anuradhapura. Doggynation, B & A, DirtyCry, 6th Lane & Iraj & IllNoize performed.

All went quite smoothly except that Iraj wanted more than what he has agreed beforehand. We had to pay around Rs.10,000 more for him & his team. Anyway they were the main attraction & they rocked the hall. For the maybe the first time I can remember we were at a musical show or a concert while being sober. Alcohol was prohibited to all the organizers & considering the fact the way some of our gang behave after consuming alcohol it was a prudent decision.

Although at the beginning I doubted, Shamika was able to make a little profit in the end. Since this was the first, it was a good start. Sunday morning he gave a party to all of us near Nuwara Lake where wild boar, Old Reserve & Toddy played major parts. Anyway we managed to catch a late evening bus back to Colombo since both me & della had to come to work on Monday.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Can U Read this?

At Frsit cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs sarhe it.

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