Mendis faces the harsh reality of being exposed

By Trevor Chesterfield | July 12, 2010

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Ajantha Mendis (file photo) AFP Photo/ Pal Pillai.

It is almost two years since Sri Lanka unveiled their so-called ‘freak’ spinner, Ajantha Mendis to the world. At the time, most Asian media were as seduced and bewitched as were the Indian batsmen in that three-match series which Sri Lanka won 2-1.

Also those in the West Indies, if you recall, as it was where he made his international debut in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean, creating the origins of a myth. This was where commentators, a couple of veterans among them, were telling us Mendis was bowling a variety of spin “almost impossible to detect”.

One even suggested he had eight types of delivery. How interesting that assumption was. It was also seriously misleading. Eight types of delivery; is that really possible? You check your glasses and look again. Eight types of delivery.

As someone with a Level II senior acceptance grade coaching certificate in South Africa, who had been an umpire for more than a decade, which included some first-class games as well, bowled leg-spin before a knee injury ended a playing career, and having seen Sonny Ramadhin, Jack Iverson and Johnny Gleeson, long before Mendis was born, it made you suddenly wonder.

There are topspin, leg-spin, googly, flipper, slider, off-spin, doosra, which is the wrong’un anyway and doesn’t really count. Later, we were given some manufactured name, the ‘carom ball’. This in reality is the topspin that Iverson and Ramadhin bowled to great effect: the finger-flick that Iverson shot out from the middle finger and spun either way, depending on which side of the finger was used. After a close analysis of the bowler in the nets, it could be seen he had really three types of delivery.

Also, play him as you would a seamer, use your feet and narrow the angle at which he bowls and also shorten the length and he is in trouble.

It is useless telling anyone of recent generations about names like Ramadhin, an East Indian born in Trinidad and discovered by accident. Or Iverson, whose grip and spin bamboozled England during the 1950-51 Ashes Tests. They are just names and don’t really count, nor do their records.

Mendis, it was said would recreate history. Sri Lanka had found the heir apparent to an ageing Muttiah Muralitharan’s crown and just in time. The island had found another freak.

At the end of the 2008 tour, the then captain, Mahela Jayawardene, lifted the veil on Sri Lanka’s thinking that series. While possibly the oldest strategy in term of pre-match planning, Sri Lanka’s gamble to play Mendis in that Test series paid off in the third Test at Saravanamuttu.

Jayawardene hinted at the plan, but a little further digging revealed how they went about curbing not only India’s vaunted “fabulous four” but also worked on other areas and weaknesses in the Indian batsmen to reduce their effectiveness.

This had as much to do with field settings and bowling to them than anything else, and where the bowling to a field played such an important role. The only time this tactic failed was in Galle where Virender Sehwag’s battering ram rendered it almost useless.

It was the way the Sri Lankans went about attacking the Indian middle order through the double-edged sword of spin that created doubt in the minds of the big name players. It suggests that the big three, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have become predictable in their approach to the game. Only Vangipurappu Laxman read him the way he should, as a medium-paced bowler.

In this the trick to bowl Mendis in the 2008 Asia Cup as a trial worked. In the final, he did much to cause havoc among the young batting side by sowing doubt. And when it came to the first Test, there was the distinct impression the Indians didn’t quite know what to expect. They also did not seem to have pooled their knowledge too well.

In 1950, Len Hutton, a master technician and tactician, took until The Oval Test to fathom out the spin mystery of Sonny Ramadhin. Others though failed to read him well and their big mistake is that they didn’t pass on what they had learnt to other members of the team.

Yet the axing of Mendis almost 24 months later for the first Test of the 13th Test series between the two countries in Galle, starting July 18, and being offered a lesser central contract, explains only part of the steep fall from his once exalted pinnacle. Instead, it is left-arm spinner Rangana Herath who is seen as the new heir apparent to the Muttiah Muralitharan crown.

In 2008, it was Mendis who touted as the long-awaited successor, and before that series, experienced commentators in the West Indies, catching first sight of him, were offering eulogies galore, suggesting he had types of deliveries, which were more about illusions and imagination than genuine fact.

Memories are often so short when it comes to history and Ramadhin, the first of his kind and plucked out of the dusty wastes outside Port of Spain remained a mystery on the 1950 tour on England. Only (Sir) Leonard Hutton managed to work him out and Iverson as well.

Rangana Herath, recalled last year when Muralitharan was injured before the series against Pakistan, out-bowled Mendis, who was reduced to the role of another just player whose fielding levels were laughable. This is largely because of school coaches fail to understand the importance in a player’s development and how fielding is needed to sharpen their thinking.

Sri Lanka though thought they had it made with Mendis. Almost everyone was awed by his bowling style. Along with Lasith Malinga, they were the mystery bowlers aiding and abetting Murali. The coaches would not alter actions as it meant interfering with nature. When he bowled, batsmen were looking for deliveries that were a mix of leg-spin, off-spin, topspin, googly and the Iverson finger flick trick, when in fact he has three types of delivery not six as is claimed.

Malinga’s slingy style action, which made him such a threat in the recent Asia Cup in the elevated up-country conditions of Dambulla, is also back to test the visiting batsmen at the venue where he played his last Test, against England in December 2007, a game badly affected by the weather. Just how these conditions will favour seam and swing bowlers depends so much on the seas breeze and the type of cloud cover there is.

At least Malinga’s pace will give Sri Lanka a strike weapon for it is being said that despite the game being the last hurrah at Test level for Muralitharan, eight wickets short of 800, it will not favour spin.

It was in Galle two years ago where Sehwag’s technique unpicked the Mendis mystery lock and where he slapped an impressive double century. In support was Gautam Gambhir with India levelling that series with a massive victory. Yet the series ended with Mendis claiming 26 wickets at 18.38 and Murali’s haul of 21 at 22.23 picked up, giving the duo 47 of the 58 wickets that fell to the bowlers in that series.

Fifteen months later in Kanpur Mendis was found out. Dravid used his feet and had the bowler delivering the length he wanted, Sehwag helped himself and Sachin Tendulkar, used him like a wind-up toy train. The Mendis mystery was throttled into submission. His two wickets cost 162 from the 38 overs and he was dropped from the Mumbai Test.

© Trevor Chesterfield/Island Cricket.
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Sir,
wrong for once. SRT hardly had a problem with Mendis. Mendis got him once in the last inn. where SRT came out to bat after he was injured and ppl were unsure whether he would bat in the first place. The rest of the time Mendis was hardly the problem for SRT as he was for Dravid,Ganguly and co.

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ey ekama widiyata danne? aluth deyak moota karanna berida?moota bolayak wath hariya alla ganna be

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Watch the following video: http://www.islandcricket.lk/videos/have-...

Mendis has also been somewhat unlucky with several catches and chances behind the wicket going down. Sri Lanka's fielding during that 2009 tour to India wasn't that great.

I agree he doesn't have six deliveries, but with what he does have in his possession, he has troubled more than just Indian batsmen. I wrote a blog post awhile back mentioning how he had stopped bowling his off-spinner which made it all the more easier to pick him.

In any case, we all knew that over time batsmen would find it easier to pick him. That's the case with all bowlers. Even Murali. When Murali first came on to the scene no one could tell what he was bowling. But over the years it became easier.

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Chesterfield is right hilal. I think Mendis has been found out.

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Mr Chesterfield writes: "Mendis, it was said would recreate history"

When all slagging and slaughtering of Mendis is done, stats still shows that Ajantha Mendis currently tops the list in one day international fastest player to reach 50 wickets so far in history of Cricket.

In Test, Mendis broke Alec Bedser's record of "Best returns for a bowler in a 3 match debut series".

Until somebody break those records, I'd call it re-creating history.

It was fans/other people who put him on a pedestal and worshipped,expect Mendis to perform miracles every time he takes the ball in his hand.

Mendis's fielding was bad 3 years ago as it is now, but of course most people just overlooked it. Because in those days, Mendis can do no wrong. Now the wickets are far and few between, all the claws are out.

It's a very sad situation.

Like Hilal says, no bowler can produce miracles day in day out.
Mendis is no Chaminda Vaas or Muralidaran. He still produces, when the wicket keeper and others drop him, he still gets the blame.

Mendis is only 25 years old. Lets hope SLC has the sense to make him work with the new bowling coach instead discarding somebody so young who did so much in so little time.

Let's hope the captain do the right thing by Mendis too.

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Nothing really remains a mystery forever. The fact that SRT was able to play him well is not a surprise. He is one of the all time greats. No matter who the bowler is, SRT watches the ball really really closely. His ability to shut out everything else and watch the ball closely is what made him a great batsmen. It was a matter of time before SRT passed on the tips to the rest of his team mates.

What people didn't notice was that when Mendis came to Canada to play the T20 tournament, Manoj David from Canada (a Sri Lankan born player) played him with relative ease. He picked most of his deliveries and played him off the backfoot initially and then started to use his feet.

I watched them from behind the bowlers end and it was clear to me that Manoj wasn't really troubled. (Manoj ultimately fell to Mendis trying to hoick him over long off, which almost went for six.)
So people who gave some thought were able to negotiate him easily.

The reason why Mendis performed badly is not due to him being found out. That is just BS. Picking up his deliveries is one thing, but you still got to play them. Everybody knows what Suraj Randiv is going to bowl, yet he was more successful than Mendis in the recent past.

As Bilal rightly mentioned, the downfall of Mendis started with some shoddy fielding (especially terrible wicketkeeping from Sanga). To add to his woes, Mendis is a terrible fielder too, who is always under pressure to not drop catches and let the ball slip between his legs.

For a spin bowler the most important thing is "confidence". If you don't have that, it's very difficult to pick yourself up and continue positively. He started loosing his impeccable line and length. His accuracy is what got him wickets, once that alluded him, he went downhill.

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Yes I agree 100% with SMSD,we should look after him,
he has been figured out by most batsmen and so we cannot expect such meteoric results as in his first series,but the problem with him is I believe he has lost his basics of line and length and accuracy ,nowadays he bowls a lot of either short or overpitched deliveries if he bowls straight on a good length with his basic variations of offbreak,carrom ball and googly,there is no reason why he cant get many wickets,he should look at a bowler like Anil Kumble for inspiration,Anil never spun it big like murali or warne but he kept it straight and with a few variations and changes in pace he got over 600 wickets.So the coaching staff should talk with him and help him mend his game because we cannot allow such a promising bowler to fade into the wilderness,that would be a tragedy

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Chesterfield skryf oor Mendis in Kanpur en nie die derde toets in Colombo. Dit beteken dat niemand van julle dit gelees het, baie goed. Read the story correctly and do not assume what the writer is saying.
Also, take off your rose coloured spectacles people out there. Mendis has played all his tests in Sri Lanka and India; he has yet to play in tests in England, Australia and South Africa - if he does then we shall see how he manages. Muralitharan's record in South Africa is not that great.
And lastly, how many of you watched Ramadhin, Iverson and Gleeson bowl to express an opinion about such bowlers, not forgetting Paul Adams.

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It is really interesting your interpretations here of what Chesterfield is writing. Had any of you heard of Ramadhin, Iverson and Gleeson? In his Cricket Captains of South Africa book, Chesterfield refers to these three bowlers when discussing Paul Adams. Like Mendis, he too was found out. It appears the author saw all three, which is more than can be said for any of you commenting here.
Also, SMSD, get some perspective into your remarks. Would you check the 1946 series stats where Sir Alec Bedser took his 24 wickets in his debut series. You will find he was robbed of a chance of taking more because the third test was rained off with day one partially and day three lost to rain with India batting only once because of rain. Mendis was fortunate in that he bowled in six innings, Sir Alec had only five and the tests were played over three days and not five as is the case here.

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@David

It's an interesting article, agree with some of the things it highlights.

Dear old chap, I wasn't watching Alec Bedser play (I think it was 1946 or 47, slightly before my time).

Neither do I care if Bedser got it in 5 innings or 6. That is irrelevant because as it stands today, it is Ajantha Mendis's name appears in the history of Cricket for that particular record.

I was there at P Sara Oval right next to his mother, proudly watching her beloved son entering into the history books. Therefore, to put it in perspective, Ajantha's re-creating history that day means a great deal to me than whether it rained or not in a particular summer's day in 1940's.

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Well,hes just got sachin Tendulkar lbw in the practice match

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Hes also gt Laxman nw, Mendis on fire in his comeback

VVS Laxman c †Jayawardene b Mendis 6

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Well Mendis gets a 5 Wicket Haul,
He may just be on his way back!

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I'm so pleased for the boy. He has taken lots of stick from a lot of people lately.

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Mendis takes 6 as India fold for 291

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Well done Mendis!! Destroyed Sachin and the rest of the Indian line up today.

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Neither has he been exposed, nor uncovered. Mendis is Mendis not because people cant pick him, but because he bowls brilliantly! One would think that cricket pundits would know this by now.

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@ Loku

Hear, hear, I will gladly second that. lol.

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@Loku Amen to that!

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@SMSD, it is noticed how you seem to take offence at facts when these are pointed out, which is what I was doing with Sir Alec Bedser's stats. I didn't see him either but Chesterfield did, if you reacall the obituary he did on Sir Alec?

[Edited for distasteful remarks towards player's family]

I was busy working in Botswana at the time and was only able to read about it on the net through stories written by the columnist.

Also, you seem to not like Chesterfield's columns either, or do you have a problem with his style of writing? Maybe you can do the column instead and do a better job.

Also, the Tests have not started as yet. We shall wait and see what transpires.

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Why on earth would I not like Mr Chesterfield's writing.

I am sure he writes the way he writes because it's thought provoking and somewhat controversial. No offence taken. But that doesn't mean we have to hang on with agreement to his every word.

Anyway, these comparisons have been written about before. Many times. I remember reading an article by Mike Atherton (in the plane on my way to watch Ind vs SL Galle Test , 31st of July 2008), titled "Let's enjoy mystery man, while we can". All the usual suspects (except Paul Adams)Gleeson, Jack Iverson, Sonny etc were mentioned and compared on that too.

It doesn't which player did what in the past, fact remains that it is currently Mendis who holds that record previously held by Bedser.

I,as a die hard Sri Lankan Cricket fan feel proud and privileged that I got to witness in my era one of our boys breaking that record instead of some long dead and buried Englishman.

I'd like to think that I am already doing a better job. Because Mr Chesterfield gets paid to write, I spend my hard earned spare time trying to help out IC so that all Sri Lankan Cricket fans who come here can enjoy and support our team.

Thanks for the suggestion anyway David.

It's sad your last sentence implies that you are so eager to prove your point than supporting Sri Lanka Cricket, so you are willing and hoping one of our boys to fail!!!

Ai aiyoo David. Aye anne, Ape Mendis kaluda? LOL.

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6-67! ON YOUR FACE Mr Chesterfield!

You can find hundreds of ways to justify your article, but none will be able to rule out that your cricket mind wasn't working properly when you wrote it or the fact that you were too harsh. Cricket is a game of all possibilities and your article was against that simple theory.

Ranjit Fernando said, “If you say that people have found a way to play him, he will be the first person to make you look like an idiot.” Mendis didn't take that long to make Trevor Chesterfield look like an idiot!

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Well what can I say, Alec Bedser didn't have a bowler like Muttiah Muralitharan on his side to compete for the wickets! That was a bigger factor than one innings being rained off!

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There are many negatuve comments regrading this article, mainly beause all of you read it with a callow eye, forgetting the writer is commenting on facts, not delving into fiction, as with most of our bada politicians. Here he is highlighting the selectors decisions, which are not those of his own and quoting a selector's opinion is now being used by others as a term of aggressive nastiness and is done in bad taste.
As for SMSD, this is not the first you have carped over comments

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high horse. Patriotism is to be adnired, misplaced arrogance is the of a politician is another. The term "long dead and buried Englishman" smacks of a certain bigotry and is un- becoming in these posts. Sir Alec Besder, it should be recalled, died earlier this year, not last century
And as for Sanki8OH8 he should realise the article is not criticising Mendis, merely suggesting how on his past form the selectors are not rushing him.
Rested from the Asia Cup for tactical reasons was the reason Aravinda de Silva suggested, and being given a lesser contract deal are based on his performances and a decision by the selectors and have nothing to do with the writer.
Mendis's figures in the practice match, commendable as they are, also suggests with your resoponse you need to mind your manners. But then, we need to forgive the loud mouths and know that they are made after the event has happened. Hindsight is such a valuable friend and makes you the "idiot".

EDIT BY NSK, MODERATOR: Do not call a respected co-owner and founder of the site or any member an idiot. She is simply pointing out that any claims of Mendis being finished have been torn to shreds by his excellent return of 6-67. I know this user personally and I vouch for her being a genuine patriot thank you. If you have a problem with our players succeeding there are other places for you, maybe the UNP leader's house? HA!

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Thanks for your input Emile, but here is a fact for you:

It is Ajantha Mendis's name recorded in history against the record previously held by Bedser.

He also holds the record for getting the fastest 50 ODI wickets.

I pointed that out in response to a sentence on Chesterfield's article, which was "SOME SAID MENDIS WOULD RE-CREATE HISTORY"

Some said, yeah and Mendis did. I was merely stating a fact, so what is your problem my friend?

Is it some sense of superiority you feel above ordinary Sri Lankans?

Yes Bedser died at the age of 91 in Surrey in mid April. May he rest in peace, but he had good innings.

Lots of things happened with our living Cricket legends between 24th of April and now for me to concentrate on, so forgive me if death of Bedser seems like it happened in another century to me.

I make no apologies for being passionate about Sri Lanka Cricket. In case you haven't noticed, this is the "home of the Srilankan Cricket fan".

If you feel that I make carped comments about somebody you worship, go on sue me, otherwise, just get over it.

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@Sanki8oH8

Writer concludes in the last paragraph,

"Fifteen months later in Kanpur Mendis was found out. Dravid used his feet and had the bowler delivering the length he wanted, Sehwag helped himself and Sachin Tendulkar, used him like a wind-up toy train. The Mendis mystery was throttled into submission. His two wickets cost 162 from the 38 overs and he was dropped from the Mumbai Test."

How about this:

"48 hours later, Mr Cheterfield's above paragraph was Mendismissed, disregarded and discarded by some Islandcricket members, as very same players Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag along with 3 others were throttled into submission in a practice match with the full Indian Team. On the bright side, unfortunately ill timed article provided many members several hours of entertainment"

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Moderator should also have a look at some of the other posts in relation to this article. They are childish and SMSD throwing tanrums is another example on being questioned doesn't help the quality of comment either.
I was going to make a comment, as on browsing the web and coming across Trevor Chesterfield, who I enjoy reading, I found something which is enlightening, but seems to be unpopular because it fails to fit the Sri Lanka readership viewpoint. Disappointing.
He is most popular in India and South Africa and his remarks are straightforward, but people seem to take what he writes personally.
Very sad and questionable indeed.

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Political rantings unconnected to Cricket,insulting a deeply religious player's mother is not quality.

You should really take the time to look around the site, before jumping to conclusions that there is some kind of a witch hunt against Chesterfield's articles.

There are other regular bloggers who contributes greatly to this site gets challenged for their views too, I didn't notice anybody so strongly objecting to those.

So, who's taking what personally? Very questionable indeed.

Tantrums? LOL. I thought it was the other way round.

Some Chesterfield followers seems to have especially come here to show their indignation that somebody dared to question what he's written.

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What I cant understand is why some people are taking simple criticism of Mr Chesterfields writing as a personal attack on Mr Chesterfield,what SMSD and some of the other users have done is criticise Mr Chesterfields article,which everyone has a perfect right to do,an experienced columnist like Mr Chesterfield writes an article expecting to rouse all kinds of responses and reactions,that is not understood by some of the hotheads who post here, Emile and the rest of you should get a life!!!

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@SlCricketROX

You have hit the nail right on the head.

Here is an example.

Long before I got involved with Hilal to start up Islandcricket, I was on a site called Sporting Go, it has mainly Aussies but all other Cricket fans too, but SL Cricket or Cricketers get discussed. The moment it does I pop up and get involved. lol. Same way these Cheterfield fans popping up here to fight for him. lol.

I am sure all genuine Sri Lankan Cricket fans here will remember that memorable "Bopara - Fernando" incident during England Srilanka match,April 2007.

There's a career journalist and a Tabloids (British newspapers Sun, Daily Express) columnist, Donna Gee. Donna wrote an an article for Sporting Go titled: "Sri Lanka are tops - but let's make a no-bowl a no ball!", day after England lost to Sri Lanka in the WC 2007.

All hell broke loose. lol. She was all but battered to death by Sri Lankans, and other Cricket fans. I think it's one of the most commented articles she ever wrote. She said so later and admitted that she knew how passionate Sri Lankan fans were and expected that very reaction to her provoking article. She was quite pleased about the high response actually.

It goes without saying, I was one of those commented on that article back then. Several times.

Here are some of very few reactions from others:

Richard McCloud 6th of April - "Donna, embarassing to say the least. Sounds like you over heard a drunk conversation and decided to write on it. Get your facts straight, its malinga's action thats conisdered slingy-javeline like but legal NOT Fernando. Your a disgrace!"

by aba on April 06, 2007
WTF IS wrong with you woman!

Lock 7th of April Donna, you say: "I think we’re the best losers on the planet!" If this is true, then you wouldn't be writing such garbage!

People express different opinions about articles by all sorts of writers, anybody who thinks that only this site disagree with articles written by Mr Chesterfield, and we challenge because we are bigoted or whatever, really are the close minded people themselves.

Just for people who are outraged that I have something against Chesterfield, here is my response 3 years ago to Donna Gee's article about Dilhara Fernando:

My post on 6ht of April 2007 - Donna, You write "the fact that his second attempt was right on target suggest otherwise". Here's a little secret Donna, there are 6 balls in an over and any one of those can bowl the batsman out. Fernando has been "righ on target" during this the World Cup. This time it just happned to be a crucial game for England. You say "Only the batsman can lose out from such action and that is not fair". Again, you are showing your ignorance of the game. You may not have seen Cricket in South Wales, but I have seen many times batsmen pulling out before a ball. That unsettle the bowler too. That's the game, players know that too. You seem to be the only one who doesn't know about it. In fact Ravi (Bopara) himself said at the interview after "bowler was entitled to do so" You must not have too many Chadonnays in the press box just becasue it's free Donna my love. Since you have a fixation with rule changing (I refer to your Rugby article in Nov 06), how about giving Sri-Lanka a few more balls to ball against South Africa. It's not fair, they ran out of balls, they only needed on more wicket to win.

Now some people here may not be able to make much sense out of above comments, but ardent Cricket fans know what I am on about. lol.

For those of you who think that I am only against "Britishers", here is a post from a fellow Sri Lankan on Donna's article:

: A bowler is entitled to hold back bowling a ball if he is not quite ready to deliver as much as a batsman is entitled to no face a bowler,if he is not ready. Donna Gee is just sore about England's loss that she is trying to change the rules of a man's game. All I can say is she is "Nuts" and this "nobody" of a journalist should cover netball or some other sport which she knows nothing about !

My response to that post:
9th of April 2007
@ Perera, You write "She is trying to change the rules of a man's game". What an out of dated & sexist remark is that! Noticed "Toronto". It's understandable since Candadian male Cricket Team can't really play Cricket yet, you can't contemplate women playing Cricket. For your information,Cricket is not exactly a "man's game" anymore. NZ, ENG, IND & SL amongst the countries that have women's teams. It's not just men that enjoy or know about Cricket. Now if you will excuse me, I'll go back and tie myself to the kitchen sink.

And for Emile, who's entirely political comments on a post above were deleted:

My stand on anybody trying to use Cricket to express/highlight country's political state of affairs: As responded on the 7th of April 07 on Donna Gee article.

My post: Guys & Gals, I think we expressed our views loud and clear on this article. Leave the lady alone and let's move on to something more worth while now. Seems to me that SL team has lots of loyal fans. Now we all focus on this cheap publicity stunt by Amnesty International at Srilankan Cricket Team's expense. Politics (just as racism) has no place in sport. Lots of people save up money and holidays to be there to watch these matches. Don't let Amnesty force politics down on fans of Cricket just to gain their free press coverage. Another time another place maybe. Cricket fans unite!!! Condemn Amnesty "Play by the Ruels" aimed to distract Cricket.

Note that I am not responsible for child rape, or human blockade in Sri Lanka or any other political and social decline as you suggested. My interest in Sri Lanka is it's Cricket Team or anything Cricket related.

So, there you go. I love my team and fight tooth and nail anywhere if I felt that one of them is wronged.

Anyhow, If I didn't challenged his sentence on Bedser record by Ajantha, plus of course Mendis's timely 6 wicket haul, lol, this article would've died down after a couple of comments. I wonder if Mr Chesterfield would consider giving me some commission for generating so much interest.

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you tell em @SMSD,and Chesterfield should consider the commission since I cannot remember any of his previous articles generating 32 replies,lol

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^^ Ladies and gentlemen here it is!

The longest reply/comment till date on Island Cricket ;) and when it was about Mendis, who else would've other than our own SMSD.

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Weyhey. A record at last.

Lets hope there will be more records to follow this week. In the form of wickets, 8 of them for Murali.

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Thats the only thing all SL fans are praying for. Let his career end with another milestone of raising that ball which picked his 800th wicket.

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7 years 34 weeks

Mendis will prove the doubters wrong, well done SMSD I'm proud of you and your patriotic, unwavering and correct posts. It's not blind faith, only backing our boys on the talent theyve shown. Murali's exit opens the door.

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