The pace and rhythms of cricket inspire more good writing than any other sport.
Cricket literature is so rich in describing the game and it’s players. The retiring of one of the greats, Mahela Jayawardene, again we will be reminded by a new collections of milestones and who he was.
Mahela Jayawardene is an old-fashioned batsman who managed to flourish in a thoroughly modern game. His technique is both simple and adjustable — he often looks equally likely to caress the ball as he is to bludgeon it.
I came across an article written by one of the great cricket writer Martin Crowe. This is how he described “The Prince of Port of Spain” Brian Lara: Describing Brian Lara’s batting – it’s the sort of thing that’s almost as good as watching Lara bat.
This is how some have described Mahela Jayawardene,
“Calm facade, steel inside..few warriors have looked as elegant as Mahela Jayawardene. End of an era. Another champion walks into the sunset!
A prolific, elegant and utterly classy batsman with a huge appetite for runs, and a calm yet authoritative captain – those are the qualities that best describe Mahela Jayawardene. His sheer quality as a batsman was never in doubt even when he just entered the international scene, but for Jayawardene the biggest challenge has been to justify all the early hype. With over 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs – and a captaincy stint that included a World Cup final appearance – it can safely be said that he has met that challenge more than adequately.
Goodbye to the Legend