You were the mainstay of our cricket for many long years,
Enthralling fans in Sri Lanka and across the globe
With your scintillating batting prowess.
The free- flowing facile elegance
Displayed in your masterful stroke play
And the brilliant centuries and innumerable runs,
Amassed with effortless ease and grace
Earned you ,well deserved, adulatory accolades,
From a devoted constituency
Of connoisseurs of high excellence, in the Game.
You brought such fame and glory,
To this little island of ours,
That we dreaded the day,
You will hang up your boots and call it quits!
What endeared you to us,one and all ,
Were your self –effacing modesty and gentlemanly ways,
Where the glory you would bring Sri Lanka ,
Always came first.
We Sri Lankans, stand up and salute you,
Sanga and Mahela
And Wish you both,
Success, in all your future endeavours.
You will remain, two brightly shining stars,
In our cricketing firmament,
For many, many years to come.
DEMOS, that man from Galle Continue reading →
Cricket as warfare
Don Hodges, courtesy of SPORT, 25 November 2013, where the title is “Ashes 2013-2014: Sooner or later, arms and ribs will be broken”
The news that Jonathan Trott is returning to England as a result of a “long-stand stress-related” condition puts England’s defeat in the First Test at Brisbane into perspective. Cricket is not, as Alastair Cook said at yesterday’s post-match press conference, “a war”. It’s a game. A highly professional, intensely contested, increasingly well remunerated game. But a game nonetheless.
It was very clear to everyone watching Trott’s nine-ball innings on Saturday that something was not right with the England number three. Normally so unflappable at the crease, he was unable to cope with the succession of short pitched deliveries fired down at him by Mitchell Johnson. We all thought it was an issue of technique. Now we know better. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Marcus Trescothick, the former England opener who was forced to return prematurely from their tour of India in 2006, with his own stress-related issues. But mental illness is by definition a personal condition, and no one but Trott himself is in a position to fully understand his reasons for leaving the tour. The best any outside observer can do is wish him well and leave him in peace. Continue reading →
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