Disappointing end to Sri Lanka cricket
Champions Trophy challenge as far as Sri Lanka is concerned is over. It's quite obvious that everyone including the cricketers are disappointed at the outcome and no doubt in hindsight Sri Lanka should have at least reached the semi-final. The truth is Sri Lanka lost two games they had a good chance of winning i.e. South Africa and Pakistan. The South Africans were absolutely ordinary in the tournament being thrashed by India and also losing to Pakistan. The Sri Lankan game was the only encounter they had something to show. Pakistan on the other hand kept getting better after the Indian encounter and their effort against Sri Lanka and then against England were superlative.
But what about Sri Lanka? One could describe their efforts as flattering to deceive. If the South African game was ordinary the Indian game was magnificent and then Pakistan was shambolic. In the first place my question is: were the Sri Lankans expected to reach the last four?
Yes to all Sri Lankans the belief was the ability to do the impossible and create a miracle. But in reality the Lankans carried the underdog tag and no expert had mentioned Sri Lanka at all in their predictions which included our own Kumar Sangakkara which is a confirmation of reality. Having said that the Lankans were neither written off either as it was universally known and accepted of what they could produce on a good day just as the Indian game. Chasing a tough looking target against possibly the best balanced attack in the competition is no mean achievement.
But was the Pakistan defeat due to lack of experience to handle situations or simply poor cricket? I still subscribe to the theory that world events demand experience; hence, the value of the likes of Mathews, Chandimal, Malinga and even Kulasekara were considered essential and important. Out of the four mentioned Mathews started off the tournament with an injury, Chandimal suddenly lost touch, Malinga nowhere the force he was and Kulasekara failed to figure in any of the playing elevens. So much for the experience the team carried!
From a comfortable 160/3 and with the dismissal of the skipper, the collapse that set in has to be called amateurish as the Lankans lost four wickets for just seven runs. From a very challenging and a tough 7/162 and with rabbits at numbers ten and eleven, they not only rode the pressure but luck too getting over the line. Skipper Sarfraz was outstanding and so was Amir. Neither of them ever gave the slightest hint of anxiety, pressure or trouble, which was again the ability to soak the situation, which can only be due to the experience of handling such situations.
One has to try to understand the real reason of Thisara's and Seekku's dropped catches. I say this due to Thisara having played in many a T20 game around the world in the presence of large audiences and having handled similar pressure and Seekku is simply a very good fielder. I am not suggesting that Thisara is a poor fielder either as he is one of the safest catchers in the team.
The only real assumption to any person watching on a screen can be, that it was a momentarily lapse in concentration. And that lapse proved to be costly. No team, however, good, can be considered perfect and needs improving all the time and that's what practice is for and coaches are for. What good teams do is to ensure that such lapses are far and few and are covered when it happens.
Solution must be acceptable to Tamils Separate State is not a reasonable request - Former Army Commander, General Gerry De Silva RWP, VSV, USP
- UN damns Lanka 14,000 minors in childcare centres Calls for urgent reforms
- Russia restricts Lanka tea over beetle scare Top-level delegation off to Moscow
- Call to criminalize marital rape Justice Ministry seeks Cabinet approval
- Jumbo killings Armed protection unit to be set up Fines, jail terms to be increased
- Crossovers loom prior to polls
- SC issues notice on Elections Chief
- Jilted SLFP shuns JO forever
- CEB TU threatens strike Gives 18th as ultimatum
- Gnanasara Thera’s request for foreign travel denied
- Chinese envoy says OBOR will take Sino-Lanka ties to new level
- Police Chief in pre-poll warning Errant officers will be dealt with strictly
- Court extends Stay Order on Gota case
- Sriyani as State Minister of PCs and LG JO crossover pledged support for MS
- Rains to prevail Landslide warning to Galle, Kalutara to be reviewed
- BJP lauds ‘Ram Setu’ findings Hits out at critics
- Two held for impersonation at exam centre
- Female Genital Mutilation Advice sought from medical experts
- Hambantota Port to China India raises security concerns
- Indian Air Force Chief at passing out parade
- Statement from the Embassy of the State of Palestine
- Interesting battle at Havelock Park
- Thurstan win inaugural golf tourney
- History making Pulisic US men’s footballer of the year
- Knicks down Nets despite early exit for Porzingis
- 34th Mercantile Individual Tournament 2017 McLarens shuttlers Overall Champions
- Retired Hewitt takes tilt at Aussie Open doubles
- Lamborghini World Final 2017 Malagamuwa finishes third
- Committee clears Thilaka as SL coach
- Basnayake uncontested president at SLCF
- Premier League Club Cricket Primosh scores second ton
- Astron wins again at SLIM NASCO 2017
- NDB brings Santa to the doorstep
- Com Bank opens branch No. 259 in Yatiyantota
- Amãna Takaful relocates Matale Branch
- Lotus Tyres rewards sales agents
- DFCC Bank sponsors 2017 Inter-School Golf Tournament
- Huawei announces Christmas promotion
- Elephant House recognized by Interbrand
- Singer (Sri Lanka) partners with Pan Asia Bank
- Disney deal suggests the Tax bill may mean little for the economy
- Christmas cheer is in the air!
- So, this is Christmas!
- A Time of Gifts Winding up
- Landmine deaths soar in 2016 With record number of child victims monitors
- Unravelling Nietzsche’s ‘death of God’ mystery
- Canada’s pivot to China hits a snag
- Brexit: The UK’s four options
- When the heart calls out, on a starry night
- On eve of climate summit Macron reminds Trump of ‘responsibility to history’
- FGM/FGC Victims speak out
- Wigneswaran sowing seeds of communalism
- SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
- If Bond scammers are not prosecuted…President will lose his credibility –Bandula Gunawardena
- All information security issues are not cyber crimes
- We want a change in Muslim representation– Hasen Ali
- Blessed are the peacemakers
- Disinformation campaigns and public mistrust
- Alleged human rights violations Lord Naseby defends Sri Lanka
- Millennials and Marriages
- Abu Dhabi to acquire ‘Salvator Mundi’
- MacOs High Sierra security fix
- Are Lemurs Going Extinct?
- An Echo of Womanhood
- Neecha Dosha of planets and how it is cancelled Neechabhanga Rajayoga
- Vastu defects and bathrooms
- Are you endowed with Pancha Maha PurushaYoga?
- God Aiyanayake: Guardian Deity of Jungle and Village
- Good thoughts eliminate bad planetary influence
- The Disaster Artist: The (un)making of a movie
- Our children and our cinema
- INTERPRETING ASIAN CINEMA: CHALLENGES AHEAD
- How Sanskrit journalism is slowly hogging headlines
- ice manufacturing in South Asia
- CMSC’s season finale concert
- Kite Surfing Lanka Kalpitiya An experience of a lifetime
- Ella and mini Adam’s Peak
- A cave of history -Ravana Cave
- Silvia Senanayake Dazzles at Mrs. Asia International
- Let’s Taco Colombo
- THE WRITER’S KITCHENNETTE MULLED WINE
- Hunger gnaws at Rohingya Children in camps
- Defeating IS Russia has ‘accomplished’ task
- Saudi Princess Ameera Aidan fights sex exploitation
- Hacking into the gate
- Review: A Bad Moms Christmas Relatable holiday humour
- A must watch superhero film!