Cricket Stadium & Academy vital for Jaffna
Ardent lovers of cricket in Sri Lanka must surely be having their
fill in cricket, watching the Aussies perform here and, as well
following the now formidable English team, overhauling the Indian side
without much difficulty. (has the IPL been responsible for the Indian
slide) We refrain from commenting on the English team, for the reason
that they are forging ahead with an exemplary team effort with everyone
throwing in their weight.
The performance however of both the Aussies and the Sri Lankans, were
inconsistent and far too individualistic, to lack a collective,
As we take note of Sri Lanka's batting, it rests heavily on Mahela
Dilshan and Tharanga are aggressively attractive to make runs - but
must be careful not to misdirect their shots. They must be steady to mix
aggression with caution to see them through.
The all rounders were far too inconsistent, to be devoid of
commitment, be it batting, bowling or fielding where alertness counts.
Apart from Kulasekera, who has slowed down a bit in bowling, does make
useful contributions with the bat the other tailenders do not count.
Prasanna, the debutant leg spinner spun a web around the batsmen to
be tentative and hesitant, a few close in fielders could do the rest.
Eranga the paceman was quite impressive, while spinner Ajantha Mendis
must show continuity.
The bowler who stood out for Sri Lanka with his heroics, was the pace
bowler Lasith Malinga, who took his third ODI hattrick, inclusive of his
4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls in Guyana against the South Africans in
The Aussies are in the process of team building with four senior
batsmen in Watson, Ponting, Clarke and Hussey whilst the bowling was
mainly handled by Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger, Johnson and a very
promising spinner in Doherty. Having watched international cricket in
the recent weeks with Sri Lanka Cricket at heart, I was attracted by the
Pace bowling of the Englishmen, T Bresnen and the Aussie awesome pacie,
Bresnen had a mild, smooth run up, nothing to suggest fear. But his
forte lay in being dead accurate. He was strictly focused on the batsman
and the wicket, his length did not wary, he bowled wicket to wicket and
at the edge of the bat hoping for a catch in the slips or hit the
The aussie Doug Bollinger, is a contrast to Bresnen, in that he runs
with speed breathing fire and keeps sending down intimidating steeple
high bouncers at regular intervals.
Quite a few batsmen have been dangerously struck by his bouncers. His
strategy is to make the batsman lose his cool, rock him a bit, to shake
him up and follow it up with a purposeful delivery, that invariably gets
him a wicket especially of those who aren't able to handle him.
Let us remind you in the pre-war years, when peace reigned, Jaffna
under Rev Fr Long, Rev S K Bunker, Rev C A Smith, Fr Weber and yet
others produced competent sportsmen.
But with the ongoing conflict for 30 years a sportive mind amongst
the young was lost. With the war now something of the past, we could
make use of the young, strong, sturdy, well set youngsters to take up to
intimidating fast bowling.
This would not be difficult for they have lived through a war torn,
hostile environment. They should be rehabilitated and nurse them well to
use their hostile temperament with care. For this Jaffna will have to
have a modern cricket stadium and an up to date academy.
This will not only lift the morale of the cricketers, but the morale
of the people as well.
There are potential Hostile Bowlers out there, let's go out and find