Sunday Musings of May 6th 2010

The honourable member of Parliament of Matara Sanath Jayasuriya making a statement to an Indian newspaper that he was in the game because the people of Sri Lanka want him to do so. Is it the real cricketing loving people or ordinary citizens?

Sanath Jayasuriya was not messing in style but due to ignorance of not knowing one's limitations more so at the age of 40 and said people wanted him to continue his cricket. At his age of 40+, ones reflexes, coordination, visual acuity are all impaired to a variable degree and more so in Sanath's case because he used all parts of the body to the maximum when he was at his peak of his cricketing days.

The wear and tear would have taken a greater toll especially his knees and arms, and this condition is hardly sufficient for the present day challenging Twenty20 cricket. As a batsman, bowler and fielder his past scores and records would be more than sufficient testimony to show what a great cricketer he was in the early days for nearly two decades. Sanath J put Sri Lanka in the world cricket map as far away places in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Desire never rests, it's unpredictable and instable. Desire furthermore distorts reality and makes one view its object fundamentally desirable. To overcome desire in all its aspects one has to attain NIRVANA (Nir- non Vana-craving). These may all sound philosophical but it's a hand hard fact. We should all try to understand Sanath's predicament at this critical juncture of desires.

His recent performances in the Twenty20 in the West Indies was deplorable, 15 runs in six innings. The crux of the whole matter is the deprivation of all the upcoming young talented cricketers for selection in the Sri Lankan cricket squad. He should pause, contemplate and seriously give thought in a rational, logical and a healthy way to come to a final decision. The decision is entirely his. We all earnestly hope dignified sanity will prevail in the end to the satisfaction of all cricket lovers of Sri Lanka, he carries my best wishes.

Dr. C.K.T. Ratnam, 287 c, Hoe street, London.

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