Tag Archives: World Cup

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.

India v Sri Lanka - ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Final

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.

 

183471

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.

183563

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.

t20galleface063gossiplankanews.comt20galleface056gossiplankanews.comt20galleface058gossiplankanews.com

Tagged , , , , , ,

July 31 2013 : Believing Worms

Sri Lankan boy would forget the day he met his girlfriend, but celebrate the day Murali took 800 wickets.

This is the story of Sri Lankans. The worms. The ones who bring old reserved arrack and Papare bands to celebrate the greatest day of our sports history.

Why not they celebrate the final day of rivalry between Ranathunga and Shane Warne. The Ranthunga drive whistling through hairline proximity to Shane Wane’s right ear was pleasant sight for generation of Sri Lankans. I remember my father said “bloody brilliant”. His eyes eluded with pride. In fact we all cherish these rare findings just like you found a tasty fish bun from local bakery in  your school days. It’s a taste you recall again and again.

It’s a country with full of lost talents. Unforgettable stories of how crispy geniuses die out in this dry soil. Someone shouting hard “finding a genius talent is rare as meeting punctual Sri Lankan”.

WARNE DROPS A CATCH RANATUNGA

 I remember my father said “bloody brilliant”. His eyes eluded with pride. In fact we all cherish these rare findings just like you found a tasty fish bun from local bakery in  your school days. It’s a taste you recall again and again.

Despite all odds, once in a while our nation stands on feet for a delivery of an unsung bowler memorizing world number one batsman with a ripper. A ball pitching outside off stump and sharply turning towards stump.  In my life I saw dark ugly looking guy by the name of Ajantha ripping strong Indian line up by kind of delivery described by commentators as “Magic”. That magic once let whole nation to stand on feet.    The day to cherish beauty.  Absolutely staggering beauty, far striking than model magazine cover page blonde with tons of makeup.

We see beauty in 22 yard Cricket field. Sound of rattling stump is far more entertaining for us.  Sometimes you would listen that again and again, replay many times on YouTube. The things you refrain to do after marring your girlfriend.  The roar by several SL fans among fifty thousand white skinny lads sounds pleasing, it would be more appealing than  voice of the one you shared bed last night. Even both sounds pleasing, roar remains most.

Cricket is one reason to believe on Sri lankans can be world beaters.  May be we can add the booze the same roaring SL fans manage before or after the match to the same world class list. Anyway , nation lavish undying passion for sports, cherish genuine crispy moments that last like a common life event to everyone.

My friend had his wedding reception elegantly with number of politicians, models, cricketers, film actors, wealthy businessmen in a five star venue. He was extremely proud and happy. This guy used to praise his wedding reception all the time. He takes examples from his wedding and playing free consultancy role to other potential couples.  For me once exclusive photo album made public on face book his glamour becomes lost case. Within several days it will be erased from our mind.  How staggering that function was, how much booze had, cheeky dancing movies or tattoos found in someone else’s girlfriend become too old. However, the winning moment of sports keep hitting the romantic zone of true Sri Lankan to cherish again and again.  Unlike most, sports matters and remembered.

Quite miserably this paradise doesn’t know process to nurture crispy talents, everyone just wish genius talent appear from nowhere. But they all  believe genius worm still alive somewhere in this dry land.  Sometime everyone  feel down but they  knows these genius worms will become butterflies one day. This is the moment whole nation stand on their feet.  All other  worms want to see the butterfly. They all hope these beautiful creatures can change the way everyone think about worms and a nation.

Tagged , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: