Look forward for a Mahela resurgence!
The first Test of The series for Warne-Muralitharan trophy played at Hobart ended in a victory for the host team, Australia, in the last stages of the fifth day.
While Herath and Welagedara did well with the ball batsmen Dilshan, Mathew, Sanga and Samaraweera fought courageously to save the match but in vain.
However, we are disappointed with the performances of our captain, Mahela Jayawardena.
There is no doubt that in him we have a world class batsman but going by the past records we note that his form is ‘seasonal’ – six month in and six month out.
He talks a lot when he is out of form, mostly about the other batsmen and his emphasis on ‘character’ etc. His contribution of 12 and 19, after staying at the wicket long enough to score a half century in each occasion amply shows that he is in the ‘six month’ we don’t like him to be. In the meantime, we will always be grateful to this elegant performer for those past entertainments he has graciously given us, like the one at Sabina Park, in West Indies and the one I have repeatedly watched an enjoyed on You Tube, his classic innings of 123 (108) against Pakistan in an ODI, in 2009.
He played every shot in the book in that masterly performance. We are not sad about him relieving himself from the captaincy but he should continue playing for our country because he has still plenty of cricket in him to entertain us.
We also believe that his relinquishing of the burden of captaincy would help him to perform better with his bat, preferably as an opener. Let us forget about our team’s defeat by 137 runs on the fifth day and in the dying hours and concentrate on the second Test. We hope and pray that Mahela will come out with a remarkable performance in that Test like he has done in many previous occasions. I am confident that he can do and he will do!
Yes, we were beaten at Hobart but not disgraced, for sure. Let us hope for the best in the next Test on the Boxing Day, with a Mahela resurgence!
- Asian Tribune -