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.


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