IPL 2012: Sri Lankan fans' perspective

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Muttiah Muralitharan in RCB colours.It's that time of year again when cricket becomes tainted with MRF blips, bowlers who get 'F'd ' (or DL-effed) and Lakshman Sivaramakrishnan and other assorted commentary embarrassments. This means that there will be something to watch and forget after work each day (much like pornography) on the TV.

The other day a friend of mine was asking which Sri Lankan players are playing in the IPL and for which teams. So for his benefit (and others') here's a summary of players on display, their respective teams and what to expect from them.

Nuwan Kulasekara and Suraj Randiv (Chennai Super Kings): Most of us will not probably know that either of these two play for CSK. After being benched so much that their bottoms start to hurt, we can expect these two to make brief appearances in the latter half of the tournament. Then, the average Sri Lankan fan will say: "Oh look, so Kule plays for the team in the Nestomalt-packet coloured outfit."

Kumar Sangakkara (Deccan Chargers) : Sangakkara will miss the first match in which Cameron White will lead the side to an embarrassing start. Sanga will return and play some stodgy innings, get starts and get out. Cameron White will continue to contribute to the opponents' success, and at the end of the day the Chargers overseas skipper will have to give out more losing-captain speeches than he would have liked to.

Muttiah Muralitharan (Royal Challengers Bangalore) : With so many foreign players in RCB's ranks, the Legend will probably not make every starting XI but will play a few games, bowling some good spells among a few expensive ones.

TM Dilshan (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Dilshan despite scoring some quick-fire useful knocks, as opener will always be in the shadow of Chris Gayle. Expect to see him get out bowled in the typical Dilshan fashion.

Mahela Jayawardena (Delhi Daredevils): Jayawardena will be all grace as usual, playing some breathtaking shots as well as getting out in bizarre fashion. He will live and die by that late-cut of his on the slow Indian pitches.

Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians): Mumbai Malinga (a.k.a IPL Lasith) will fire in yorker after yorker at the toes of both top class international batters and Indian rookies, leaving Sri Lankan fans wondering where the hell these yorkers were during the Asia Cup or the CB Series for that matter. In fairness to Malinga, I personally think his curls go much better with a lighter shade of blue as worn by the Mumbai Indians as opposed to the Sri Lankan team blue, and he might want to perform better when he feels he is better looking.

Thisara Perera (Mumbai Indians) : With the staggering number of foreign players in their squad, Mumbai are likely to misuse Perera, by sending him too low down the order and under-bowling him. That is if they manage to fit him in to one of the four overseas slots.

Dinesh Chandimal (Rajasthan Royals): Chandimal actually might get a few more opportunities, as Rajasthan aren't overly packed with foreign players. He will be talked of highly among the commentators.

Angelo Matthews (Pune Warriors): The question is, will the injury-prone Matthews actually make an appearance for Pune? If he does, he will of course feature in their first-choice XI and will play a few decent knocks and bowl a tidy spell or two - given that he does not break down midway.


Sujan's picture
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Good analysis.

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I hope this time Kule will be playing as many match as possible for CSK, as he is in good from with bat n ball. Dinesh Chandimal will be the player to watch out for, Because RR always use young talents well in the team.

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Does anyone know in which channel the IPL will be telecast in Sri Lanka?? Is it Channel Eye?

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@Anonymous - i saw CSN telecast an IPL Advert. Unless you are having satellite tv, you will have to watch it through CSN.

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rather funny post!...so i'm not going to take it too seriously..but want to point out just one point: u are not the only one who tries to say that malinga acutally plays for money(or whatever he plays for, he underperforms in his country colors)..i hear most of my friends often blaming malinga rather rudely..i use the word rude coz we seems to forget of how he almost pull an improbable victory over SA in WC 2007..or how he almost took as to being hte T20 champions in 2010..ir other number of contributions of his where he bowled his skin and heart out for his country..

we all know there are plenty of inconveniences in our cricket administration, how are players were unpaid, how they went about certain situations..and we dont know(n will never properly knw) what on earth caused sanga to resign suddenly from his captaincy and sri lanka to suddenly give up like 'hulan giya balun' in the WC final.

players are human too..and sure, given his action and effort considerably limiting his playing days, malinga's surely concerned about money, and he may have expressed his concern in a rather 'immoral' manner, but no one can say that he is intentionally playing worse for his country, never! he was not at his best in CB cup, but remember he took 4/46 in that crucial match against aussies and helped Sl reached the final, avoiding one incredible work by Kohli washing out all the hardwork we did in the series.

adn if u recall he had this groin problem and also was exhausted coz of the tight match schedule and may be the pressure of hopes may hv burdened him a bit. but before the IPL he had a period to rest and also we all know IPL is almost a way of just having fun for international players, where they can keep aside the 'pressure cap' of their countries and play with freedom and enjoy and experiment in their franchise colors.

yep, money is imp to malinga, as for all of us; but saying he plays better in IPL only coz he gets more money and has no regard for his country is definitely too rude my friend, i can tell u what it sounds like to me, but i will avoid offending you, its just, we sri lankans are known around the world to be a pretty loyal, understanding and patient bunch of supporters unlike our neighbours; so lets preserve that reputation, cheers!

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@Anonymous (comment #5) : It is clear that Malinga gets this kind of criticism due to a reason. Ever since he gave up Test Cricket to "prolong" his career he lost a lot of respect.

Now - you mention his heroics of 2007. Hat's off to him -but that was before IPL. I assume you mention of his exploits in the 2009 T20 WC and NOT 2010 (we lost in the semi final - and he got struck for 6 in his final over he bowled against NZ thus giving NZ a win) even then he was an ordinary signing for Mumbai. Things changed when he became the match winner for Mumbai around 2010 and at the IPL player reshuffle MI Retained Malinga for "an undisclosed amount". By this time mr. gold hair got ideas - that 2 months for Mumbai is much better than tearing his heart out for his country that hardly plays their players.

Maybe it's not just $$$$ maybe he likes the Idol-Worship indian fans over the more level minded Sri Lankans. But let me ask you this - hasn't Mahela always performed at his best for his country than for the numerous IPL teams he played for? DO the people say that mahela plays for money and he plays at his best for KXIP or KTK or whatever? No right? What does that tell you about mr.golden hair?

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"Mumbai Malinga (a.k.a IPL Lasith)"


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@anonymous 13...(by anonymous not verified;)well brother, if you recall really the recent past performances of mahela, until he took the captain responsibilities, his form was dismal in odis and tests. but coming as an opener, he was more successful in the t2os. and he brought dat form to the ipl as well.so he didnt perform well in international arena up until recent past. but now he performs, and in very short period everything is forgotten, suddenly mahela's receives almost universal acclaim.(which is great, considering the talent he has..) as for malinga, i thnk he's best in t20s wen he get short spells. but he didnt get that much t20s to play for sri lanka. he seems to be performing well in the ipl again; but its the t20s again. where he underperformed was in ODIs. and dont forget, wen he plays international he get to ball to international players, who hav faced him, studied him and are more talented. where as in the ipl, its a mix of greatness and mediocrity that face him, half of his wickets(may be more dan dat) are of 1st class batsmen who arent of international calibre. we all tend to get into very quick conclusions; mahela too experienced this wen he was asked by a journalist after the defeat in asia cup; just read the passage taken from cricinfo:

'Less than two weeks ago, when Mahela Jayawardene and the Sri Lankans landed in Dhaka after a spunky performance in the Commonwealth Bank series in Australia, he was asked what he had done to revitalise the side since taking the captaincy from Tillakaratne Dilshan. Jayawardene had played down the notion of a magic wand, pointing out some of the highs under Dilshan's leadership before bringing out the old cliche, "a captain is only as good as his team".

Today, after three defeats in the Asia Cup and little to be happy about besides the resolution of their pay problem, Jaywardene was asked by a journalist whether there was something wrong with his captaincy. He was initially nonplussed by the question, grinning disbelievingly at being asked that, before regaining his composure.

"Amazing isn't it, two weeks of cricket does that to you, eh?" he said'.

so may be malinga is intently playing for money, or may be as you say, he's lost in that worshiping atmosphere in india and by the kind of treatment he gets contrast to the ill-treatment of our cricket administration. or may be he's just gone thru a rough patch but had a break during the test series against england and now finding his groove back. why dont we just be a little patient and wait n see hw he performs in next t2o world cup?...if he does terribly bad after being the purple cap holder in the ipl, well then i'm with u(and the writer of the blog) mate!

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