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That Sunday

What made old uncle’s to spent six hours drinking Mendis Special (Hard Liquor Brand in Sri Lanka) watching t20 world cup cricket highlights of India chasing South African second inning score like cake walking  analyzing  lengthwise drafting  strategies  on how to get modern batting hero Virath kohli out in their own parallel universe in a doggy restaurants has one egregious reason. A reason  that erupt firecrackers in Galle face green.  A reason  made policemen to watch insanity of young men waving Sri Lankan flag disturbing commuters. A reason made people to dance few minutes with complete strangers by stopping car middle of road bumper.   A  reason for a tiny  nation to stand on their feet nervously watching  Thissara Perera hopping down to a  delivery pitching outside off stump. A reason to believe  a fairy tale ending to career of two pilarstone gentlemen in Sri Lanka cricket. A reason for same old farts to drink again and start dancing with tipsy young men in Galle face green to papare grooves. It all has one reason on that Sunday.

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This time for Sri Lanka- World T20 Champions

A country married with heap of untapped talents and uncanny ability to squander, finally found authentic reason to cheer. A game played & celebrated everywhere from paddy fields to apartments  like personal milestone or like liquid sunshine to spark our blood to embrace true meaning of unity and team work.

 

Crowd watching T2o world cup final on  giant screen at Galle face green catch mili seconds silence as Thissara Pereea’s come down the track , people inhale without breathing out until the flying ball cross over long on rope. It was split second silence before blow out hurricane roar to get the party kicked off . From that moment roaring fans ,dancing youth, waving flags rule Colombo roads making traffic havoc. People at home gather around televisions started roaring even more hard looking at men from Sri Lanka  sprinting to the middle of Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur , Bangaladesh  to hug two warriors  Kumar Sangakara & Thisara Pereara with tears in their eyes.

 

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Thissara Perera punching wining runs to R Ashvin

In Sri Lanka, cricket is cause for happiness & pride.  Its been 18 years since Sri Lanka pull off a miraculous win over hot favorite Australians having played as underdogs. From that day  Sri Lanka cricket transform from minnow to formidable cricketing unit. But we wasn’t able to be champions even though  consistently reaching to finals without much success.

That Sunday celebration is  opted for us long 18 years after 1996. 4 final defeats. Countless practice sessions. Infinity Mendis special bottles, thinking & arguing on strategies, comparing averages all around Sri Lanka

Soon people start parting just like the day ended ruthless war.  A country married with heap of untapped talents and uncanny ability to squander, finally found authentic reason to cheer. A game played & celebrated everywhere from paddy fields to apartments  like personal milestone or like liquid sunshine to spark our blood to embrace true meaning of unity and team work.

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Grand Welcome in Colombo

The feeling of being a champion is by far the greatest trump sports fans can ever expect. Sports can tear off walls which separate people based on color, ethnicity, culture, religion by transcending true meaning of love human spirit without boundaries.

Cricket may not feed our hungry children or end corruption in Sri Lanka. But it will heal wounded hearts of 20 milling Sri Lankans around the world by terrorism, tsunami, religion, and race to stand up like one nation.

That Sunday would be forever remembered as night to cheer like champions.

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It’s not cricket’

I know for a fact that guy with no cricket background would question the need of wasting time looking at eleven men running around a ground for no reason , two men in the middle with protective wardrobe and two gentlemen with clean shirts and cowboy hats standing either side of twenty two yard wicket monitoring game rules.

Question may get even more complicated, once they saw batsman start to hit a ball release by men with weird round arm actions. Some weird arms can release fast and some can spin the slow ball miraculously. Once in a while two gentlemen with cowboy hats would point fingers to batsman and ask them to leave.

Commentators would shout willow meeting ball as music, batters clearing rope as “boom” or batters clearing on the ground as “crispy”. Its arguable the reasons for two innings played over 3 hours to five days depending on format test, one day or T20 or may be why cricket  reverie last  generations on and off the cricket field .

After ten outs, the team score more runs wins unless rain blocks the match making complex match to intervene  called “Duckworth- Lewis” .

I tried my best to describe cricket.  If my cricket picture seems weird as case of MH-370, yes you have done 101 on learning ‘Cricket’. It’s weird and beautiful just like every one of us. Just like you have fallen love for the first time. This game has something which go beyond , it can surely unite hated, race, color, gender or shattered walls separate nations or individuals.

You should try to grasp the space between ball meeting willow as important as Russian  Revanchism on Cremia or United States  drones hovering around Pakistan border.  You should accept British inventions are complex, unlike American sports where ‘spirit of the cricket’ deviate game rules in some gentlemen cases. You need to quote saying ‘it’s not cricket’ in such instance.

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Everyone pretend they know Duckworth- Lewis but nobody really understand how it works, just like teenager sex. It is difficult to convince non cricket fan,  Duckworth- Lewis aren’t  drunken individuals came late to a party  .

 

I feel you should take away series mind blocks to be a cricket fan.  First, you should accept there is no shame to snore as much as you want looking at 11 men burning calories via  beer on a sunny hot day.

 

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