Mathews stepping down a sad saga

Posted on 13 July 2017 by admin

 

Courtesy: By Srian Obeyesekere.

The great game called cricket is also about heartbreak! Heartbreak off the field as much as it is about the ecstasy of high performance and defeat and the bonding camaraderie the centuries long noble game manifests. Indeed, the ups and downs in criowncket like in life is a part and parcel cycle. As much as the sport has endowed as a spirit raising high intensity competition that has thrust countless players from Mr. Nothing to celebrity status, some of whom in fairytale rags to riches success stories, it has seen many greats in tatters like the famous Kevin Pietersen saga. In this instance, of course, the name that makes misty eyes is Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews who has stepped down from the captaincy following the home series 2-3 ODI defeat to minnows Zimbabwe having been in the job for nearly 5 years, at the age of 30.

The bad feeling to digest is that the country marks the parting from the hot seat role of a player who arrived on the stage with a bang and his stocks soared fast raising great expectations to take Sri Lanka out of the tunnel in team rebuilding following senior player retirements. The  blockbuster batsman image he hogged that saw his batting averages mount to the phenomenal with a terrific strike rate saw Mathews rated as a tremendous find for the future. That the former St. Joseph’s product had starred like a loner in taking Sri Lanka out of crisis situations like his epoch match winning century against England at Old Trafford for a famous series triumph was the anointment of winning the selectors and Sri Lankan cricket establishments faith. Effectively, Mathews was regarded as the torchbearer of his country’s cricket following the retirements of stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillekeratne Dilshan. That the lion has bearded himself in the climes of his countrymen’s  great expectations is thus the stunning low that has descended. Though committing himself for his country as a batsman, his effective  abdication of the crown has come as a blow to Sri Lanka in a critical phase of its cricket that is in the crossroads of raising its standings in the ICC up.team rankings; of keeping its status intact to avoid disqualification from the 2019 World Cup.

Mathews led Sri Lanka in 34 Tests, 98 ODIs and 12 T20Is, having taken the reins at the age of 25, in 2013.

He had a rollicking 2014 scoring 1,317 runs at an average of 87.8, and his average as captain d50.94 despite injury bugging him in the last year in the saddle. Though critics claim his form had dropped, Mathews’ back from long injury unbeaten 40 odd in taking Sri Launka to victory toppling favourites India in the Champions Trophy was an inication he remained in good nick. The bottom-line of quitting the captaincy was apparently triggered by mounting pressure by critics. It is lamentable that he did not use his potential to greater effect having preferred to play a low profile batting at No. 5 when he should have moved to No.3 with Jayawardene and Sangakkara gone. On the field he seemed to lack the leadership grain of the right rotation of his bowlers. Perhaps injury sting had lulled his verve having longtime ago also forced Mathews to give up his role as a regular fast bowler.

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