I was reading a comment on a cricket forum the other day about Trevor Bayliss’s record as Sri Lankan coach. The guy took over in August of 2007 and has been in the job for a good year and a half now.
The records not that flash.
4-4-2 in test cricket.
16-14-2 in ODIs.
The obvious thing is that Sri Lanka have become inconsistent during his rein. This year alone the test match record reads WLWLW. Every win is usually followed by a loss.
That is bad cricket. Meaning we are never in control or dominating enough in the 15 odd sessions in a game.
We have been embarrassed at home by England and India in ODIs.
So the question is, should we be lining up Bayliss for the firing squad.
I say No. Its so easy to blame the coach when things go wrong. But how much of an influence does he have once the game has started.
Our batsmen have been pretty abysmal this year. Its definitely been a year to be a Sri Lankan bowler.
Once the blame game starts the next step is comparing him to Moody.
Everyone in Sri Lanka loved Moody.
Fans adored him.
Adminstracrats were jealous of him.
Sangakkara and Mahela wanted to make love to him.
Chamara Silva worshipped him.
Moody was god.
So what chance does Bayliss have, he’s like the new boyfriend, who keeps getting compared to the ex. No matter what he’s done you question your self.
Is this working out ? Are we compatible. Do I see my self having his baby.
You want to believe you do. One thing is certain though, the comparison is pretty fucked up for Bayliss.
Trevor is a quite sorta fella who shuns from the limelight, Moody had charisma which propelled him through your TV screen with that cheeky smile he flashed.
I like Bayliss though, he has finally got rid of Sanath from the test team. Brought in Malinda Warnapura, Dammika Prasad, Thilan Thushara.
Developed Nuwan into a fine bowler. Even Mubarak seems to be going somewhere, much to our annoyance.
Given the world Splendid Mendis and tried to blood in the players that have been outstanding in domestic cricket and in the A team.
Which is what you really want to be seeing from a coach. That the players have gone out and fucked it all up is not his fault.
See, he is good, you are starting to change your mind arnt you. So now you are hoping he will turn this around cuz you feel like you are falling in love with him.
How sad it is then for Bayliss that till June-July next year we have no cricket. And his 2 year term ends in August.