Its been slowly heating up and it seems things maybe coming to a boil.
Is Mahela the right man to lead Sri Lanka. This is not an easy question to answer and many are divided on the issue.
Mahela – the republican candidate.
Conservatism has crept into his leadership. Once a man who was aggressive and forward thinking, Mahela in the last year or so has taken a visible step in the wrong direction.
He is now prepared to let the game unfold instead of taking control of the game.
Often we are led to endure dire field placings with no one on the leg side during ODIs.
Some bowling changes baffle even the ardent of Mahela supporters.
Captaincy is definitely not a science but neither is it rocket science. If a captain is as good his team then surely the team is as good as the way its lead. At least when you are in the field.
Sangakkara– the ‘Obama’ candidate.
Many feel he is the man who will revolutionize Sri Lankan cricket. He understands everyone’s plight and promises much. Change will come if he is given the job they say.
But will it really?
Sangakkara is viewed by everyone as a intellect who will bring new ideas and a common sense approach to the leadership role. His emphasis on hard work and discipline.
My view is that Sangakkara will only mildly improve on Mahela. He will at best be a Graeme Smith or a Kevin Peitersen. Reaching Dhoni status is unlikely.
Why? I think he has been ‘institutionalized’ under the Bayliss era. He is happy to play vice captain and offer his advice but apart from that neither Mahela nor Sangakkara show the enthusiasm they showed under Moody.
Mahela and Sangakkara are so finely tuned into each others thoughts that if they were lovers they would be finishing each others sentences.
If Sangakkaras influence was a big factor on the field then his innovative thoughts might be visible through what happens in a game. But rarely do we see anything of the sort these days.
So who is better. Neither.
What we need is a Maverick.