Is Jehan Mubarak the luckiest bastard ever to play cricket for Sri Lanka?
Proverbial butt of all jokes, Richie J or Chuubarak (translated to ‘in need of a piss’) as he is fondly known in the online Sri Lankan cricketing community, has led a charmed life unlike no other in the national team.
What warrants such treatment you ask.(At this point I refrain from using reference to his Dads deep pockets, but by just saying that I have implicated that it has something to do with his selection, We are clever like that)
It sure as hell aint cuz of his fantastical record.
Averages 15 in 10 tests and 22 in 32 ODIs.
What the fuck is our obsession with mediocre middle order batsman.
We have had to deal with Dilshan and Silva, all talented, but never delivering consistently.
Add Chuubarak to that list.
No, make him the king of useless middle order batsmen.
What really pisses the fuck out of this whole story is that we have better batsmen than him.
Like who? How about we start with Thilina Kandamby.
Better averages in every format.
More 100s. In less games.
Has 2 paragraphs in his cricinfo profile compared to Chuubaraks 1.
Led Sri Lanka A to a series win in South Africa, that has never been done by any Sri Lankan captain, in an A team or otherwise.
He was 2nd on the list for most runs last year in Tier A.
Mubaraks not even on the list.
Too harsh? Fuck that. Thilina deserves a place in the team and it should be Mubarak who is dropped.
Jehan, I backed you when you came on the scene, but its time to cut the cord.