“Lady Luck shouldn’t be rude with such a lovely and fighting Lankan unit. Lady Luck must smile upon these Lankan boys to make them the ultimate winners,” Writes Faisal caesar
The Sri Lankan unit is enriched with exciting talents and great legends. In any big tournaments they dish out high profile performances but in the end, remain bemused without lifting the big trophy. Since 2007, in the finals of any major ICC events, the Lankans have featured on a regular basis. But sadly, they never were able to rejoice in the end. Lady Luck never smiled at them.
In the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, the Lankans kicked off in a thrilling fashion. Despite having a star-studded batting line up, getting all-out for just 138 still remains a mystery but the manner in which such a total was defended on a batting-friendly track at Cardiff was astonishing. The Kiwis were left at bay by Malinga’s thunderbolts while the other Lankan bowlers attacked in such an aggressive fashion that 138 seemed an impossible target. The Kiwis had the last laugh but the Sri Lankan Lions gained enormous self-belief to strike gold in their next encounter against England at the Oval.
Ravi Bopara took the Lankan attack to the cleaners by smashing 28 runs in the last over and helped England to post a mammoth total of 293 – a target which was surely an improbable one against the most potent attack in this tournament and with this Lankan batting which proved fragile on a sun-kissed flat in Cardiff – very little was expected from them. But somewhere in the deepest corners of the heart there was that self-belief earned from Cardiff, motivated this Sri Lankan unit to dent the English hopes.
England started according to their plan, removed the talented Kusal Perera early. Time progressed, and under the lights, the flashing blade of Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene blazed in a graceful manner. Dilshan was just like his gung-ho character – cut, pulled and drove as if he was playing maidan cricket with his friends. We were just witnessing the flying of a bird who loves to enjoy his flying without much hassle. Amid Dilshan’s berserk batting there was some eloquent exhibition of exquisite drives from Sangakkara – the amalgamation of nature’s beauty and brutality was at its very best.
Dilshan walked back to the pavilion and entered Mahela Jayawardene, another modern cricket’s finest charm, to join Sangakkara. The bells in the temple of heaven started to make a sacred sound, the flowers started to shower from the heaven and the stars in the sky shone even brighter as it was the time to worship beauty.
An out of form Jayawardene found his lost rhythm and in came those sweetly timed drives and classic flicks. The majestic Sangakkara was getting more and more like poet Kazi Nazrul Islam – uncharacteristic in approach but still rhythmic. Sangakkara scored at a manic rate, uncharacteristic at times but still, those 4s and 6s were never dished out from the T20-textbook – they were classic Sangkkara stuffs.
At the crease, it was a delicacy to relish. The romantic heart just yearns for such a sight whole day and night. The class of Mahlea and the stubborn artistry of Sanga had been a sight to watch! Man, I could deny a date with the most beautiful lady in Dhaka for the sake of Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene’s splendid batting display.
Jayawardene walked back to the pavilion after a solid stand with Sanga and surprisingly we discovered a night-watchman pinch-hitting package – Kulasekara was promoted up the order in place of Lahiru Thirimane. Ladies love surprises and they get even more impressed when the surprises are a romantic bombshell. Perhaps, Angelo Mathews wanted to surprise the Lady Luck and win her heart. Angie’s move did win her heart.
Sangakkara reached his hundred but his heroics were overshadowed by some mind-blowing hitting from Kulasekara. A clever and risky move proved to be a masterstroke by some clever pinch-hitting from Kulasekara. The class and marshaling qualities of Sangakkara, the grace of Mahela, the cunning move of Angelo Mathews and the wildness of Dilshan made the lady luck to blush, impressed her immensely. But the ultimate jackpot was hit by Kulasekara. Breezy Kulasekara made her smile and she didn’t dishearten the Lankan unit at all.
Lady Luck shouldn’t be rude with such a lovely and fighting Lankan unit. Lady Luck must smile upon these Lankan boys to make them the ultimate winners. A team boosting with the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan, and co still have not been able to lift any major ICC trophies. It will be an injustice if these legends leave the game without winning any major ICC tournaments.