Vasu: Afghanistan Loss Sees One-time Trailblazers Sri Lanka's Struggles Carry On

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Is it attainable to really feel empathy for a bigger trigger even when your workforce loses? Is it essential to really feel sympathy for a workforce that loses matches it ought to have gained? Is it related {that a} workforce that gained a World Cup can’t even maintain its personal in an Asia Cup?The quick reply is that any match is poorer when Sri Lanka are eradicated early. Cricketers from Sri Lanka are usually not merely skilful, they’re often pretty distinctive, exceptionally gifted and the type of gents you’d welcome into your property.

They have been whipped by Bangladesh within the Asia Cup 2018 and needed to beat Afghanistan by an extended method to hold their prospects alive. As an alternative, they may do no higher than enable Afghanistan to attain 249 after which implode in type.

Kusal Mendis went within the second ball, however Sri Lanka have been 54 for 1 on the finish of 13 overs. Then the wheels slowly however absolutely got here off. It was not as if one Afghan bowler produced a freakishly good efficiency to stun a greater workforce — the wickets have been shared equitably — however this was a rout nonetheless.

Rashid Khan, probably the most unique and harmful of Afghanistan’s bowlers, wasn’t even referred to as on to complete his 10 overs. He complemented the early wicket of Kusal Perera with the final scalp of Lasith Malinga, and ended with 2 for 26 with 16 potential balls of his breed of leg-spin going spare.

Bear in mind the time when Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva have been the 2 gently warring pillars of Sri Lanka cricket, simply as Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev tried to place India on the world map?

Then there was the mix of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas who made Sri Lanka nearly unbeatable in house situations. Murali turned the ball a metre off any pitch and Vaas dried up the runs on the different finish with typical swing, reverse swing, slower balls and cutters.

Murali 1346 worldwide wickets. Vaas 811. These have been the 2 gate keepers. And getting previous one was not sufficient. You needed to survive each when you needed to win in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Now, that when nice workforce is tattered and torn, exiting the Asia Cup 2018 even earlier than Hong Kong can. This a critical setback for the lot that gained the 1996 World Cup, and, in some ways, redefined the way in which the 50-over sport can be performed.

Beginning slowly, constructing steadily and ending quickly was the components, however Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana created a brand new paradigm. Asanka Gurusinha, tasked solely with batting so long as he might, bucked workforce directions and ended up hitting extra sixes than any participant in that World Cup.

However let’s go away nostalgia and 1996 behind.

Since then the pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have achieved sufficient to maintain the flame burning, even whereas permitting lesser lights to shine. And what of Tillakaratne Dislhan, a slayer of fine bowlers whenever you least anticipated it and a consolidator whenever you thought such issues weren’t attainable.

Not a lot grows within the shadow of the most important banyan tree on this planet, however whilst he served his time within the home circuit whereas Murali was prime canine, Rangana Herath labored his tail off.

Quick, rotund, knees, shoulders and all else failing, the person who was playfully referred to as “cheese kota” by his team-mates after as soon as demolishing the cheese board at breakfast in Australia, Herath has been nothing wanting unimaginable.

His tally of 430 wickets in Checks, when he by no means obtained an opportunity to play in his prime, is nothing wanting sensational.

But, Sri Lanka lose to Bangladesh and Afghanistan and the cricket world takes little discover. Whereas it’s thrilling that rising and emergent groups can do this type of harm, it’s price taking a look at Sri Lanka’s slide.

Till lately they have been unbeatable at house, punching above their weight abroad and all the time, all the time contenders. Now they exit the Asia Cup earliest, and that can’t be good for cricket in Asia or the world. Sri Lanka, Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan cricketers have all the time enriched cricket.

Their slide should be stopped. If Sri Lanka Cricket gained’t do extra, it’s time the remainder of the cricket world awoke and realised that one conventional bastion slipping away from the world sport is one thing no one can afford.

First Revealed: September 18, 2018, 2:20 AM IST


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