Magnificent Mahela - Having a laugh with the boys

Magnificent Mahela - Having a laugh with the boys
Mahela Jayawardene, the man who needs no tittles to prove his class, having a good laugh with the boys during a tour. Normally I would not take (or publish) photographs of players semi naked. But there was a funny situation going on here that involved an international player. Because I have been reading some rubbish recently about how "Colombo elite players Sanga and Mahela only hang out with top players, how they ignore"village players" etc, I decided to release this photo just to bust that myth.The player fully clothed is Thilan Thushara. I hope the players and their spouses will not mind this published as it's in a good cause.
Photographer/Copyright: 
S de Silva

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Hilal's picture
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20 November 2008
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Yeah. I saw a question on the Sangakkara interview (http://www.islandcricket.lk/interview/51...) where this "Colombo 'cool' crowd" question came up.

This is it:

Asitha Horanage from Melbourne, Australia asks: After Mahela took over captaincy and later you took over there appears to be a division created in the team. The Colombo 'cool' crowd on one side and the rural village youth and seniors on one side. How do you hope to bridge this gap?

KS: To be honest, I think that is nonsense (and not just because I am from Kandy!). Since Marvan and Mahela’s tenure as captains we have had one of the most closely-knit dressing rooms in world cricket. There is a fantastic team environment that welcomes and supports players of different ages and backgrounds. We now have a team culture that is open and egalitarian. Everyone is encouraged to participate in team discussions and take responsibility. There will always be media gossip and idle talk about team rifts and divisions in Sri Lanka, but invariably there is a source and that source has a vested interest. We just ignore that and concentrate on maintaining the team policies and team culture that Marvan first introduced in the John Dyson years and Mahela continued afterwards.

Hilal's picture
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20 November 2008
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6 min 52 sec

Awesome pic SMSD!

Nedra's picture

Thank you for putting this one up. Nothing wrong with taking photos of cricketers in swimming pools. They are just swimming not semi naked in sexual positions or semi nude changing. Don't hesitate to put more photos up because of these backward perceptions.

SMSD's picture
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20 December 2008
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8 years 9 weeks

LOL. Thank you for your own open minded perception Nedra.

All the same,I'd rather keep to my "backward perception" and my own reasons for right and wrong as well as respect player's right to privacy when off field (i.e. not take or publish any photos taken off field when they are unaware).

NSK's picture
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23 December 2008
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7 years 33 weeks

Thanks, I never doubted we r a united team and country, as I said, you mustn't believe everything the BBC/UNP fan boys say

Sujan's picture
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27 December 2008
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1 week 27 min

Another ace pic! Thanks SMSD :)

Shine's picture

WoW...rare nyc pic...Thankx SMSD.:)
n well said by Sangakkara...2 b honest,there r no rifts in our teams 4 such damn stuffs...Sri Lankan team have the spirit which most teams r lack of..

UppercuT's picture
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19 October 2011
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2 years 4 weeks

I think we should wait until, Dilshan retires to come to conclusions abt unity/rifts in the team. He has promised quite a 'revelation' the day he announces his complete retirement from the game. :D)

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