Some of you may know that T.M. Dilshan graced New Zealand with his presence recently. He came over, got flown around in his own helicopter, was waited on hand and foot and I’m pretty sure there was a street parade for him somewhere where a gold statue of him was unveiled.
He then showed the crowd the bling around his neck and made them all feel inadequate.
He was pretty much the biggest celebrity to hang out in New Zealand since the Flight of the Conchords realised they were actually good and left to a country where there are more people than sheep.
He made a token fifty. And I hear he played the Dilscoop once. It went for six. People cried because it was beautiful. It was like the ending of Princess Diaries 2.
He hasn’t done much else though. He’s playing in the New Zealand domestic tournament for Dan Vettori’s team. When they bat together I fantasise about them getting married and starting a family. Their children would be amazing.
But he hasn’t played the last two games, so I’m guessing he isn’t here anymore. I’m not sure what kind of trouble he got into with the ICC that he had to serve 2 weeks of community service here, but damn did we enjoy it.
Plus the fact that people actually went along to watch some of his games means that NZ Cricket have a little money now. Maybe they can get Scott Styris a new face.