Lasith’s new ball

Lasith Malinga is set to unveil a new delivery which has sent world cricket in to pandemonium. Calamitously, we were less than enthused. Which naturally surprised us. This caused to have a serious talk with ourselves. Which we hate because we are generally sure we are right. Also, it looks odd when you talk to yourself.

We went into an almost Buddhist like self reflection state. Slowly the corroded metal we have for a brain started to churn it self over and as we realised why are not that excited about Malinga anymore. True he still has super star makings. Any Sri Lankan with blonde hair is at least worth  a casual mention. But Malinga has separated himself from the pack and become a self professed freelance cricketer. That is all well and good for him. But not us.

We stay up wondering how Dinesh Chandimal will face up against Saeed Ajmal at Galle. We ponder the bowling line up best suited to dismantle Pakistan at home. We smirk when we picture Arjuna as a pinata that can be clubbed and explodes into a pieces of Kottu.

But a new ball by Malinga isn’t something we want or in fact care about in particular. It’s hard not think ‘is this what is has come down to?’. While Malinga will probably continue to be a symbol for marketeers and the casual fan of modern Sri Lankanism, we have fallen out of love with him.

This isn’t a personal begrudging at all. We still enjoy the yorkers and excitement he brings to a game. And we still secretly hope that he will magically grow a new knee and will be able to play test cricket again. But as any youtube clip will tell you, its not that hard to trick someone into thinking you can levitate.We have never disliked a cricketer. Apart from Sreesanth.And we don’t dislike Malinga. It is a classic case of not him but us.

Malinga’s new delivery might turn into a new revolution. But it wont be one we are particularly keen on.


  1. Bongo said:

    I have some advice.

    In my opinion, Damith (aka TheFlyslip) should not be trying to be funny to please a few people or uphold a reputation of being funny, unless he aspires to become a comedian one day or a clown.

    In cricket writing, being a joker can only get you so far. Jarrod, Damith’s idol, has also understood this pretty quickly.

    Stop referring to yourself as “we” like Jarrod does. Focus on what you want, not what others want – be original. You can start by just being yourself.

    May 9, 2012
  2. damiths said:

    Crownish, these are serious times.

    Bongos, Thanks for the advice. Although, I fail to see how this piece is in anyway meant to be funny. Maybe you missed the point?

    Clowning isn’t a bad career either. The hours are good I hear.

    May 10, 2012
  3. Theena said:

    Stop the press! Bongo has some advice.

    May 10, 2012
  4. Bongo said:

    Bongo: the piece actually is in a literary genre called satire. look it up. also, what are your credentials to be giving such ‘advice’ to damith? are you the dalai lama/sai baba (reincarnated) or tony blair?

    you don’t like his writing style – go find yourself another blog. or start one. a suggested title is “dreams of a wanker”.


    May 10, 2012
  5. Shehan said:

    Mix up the funnys and deepshit just like Murali mixes the offies and doosras. Keeps us readers in the game. Keep it up Damii

    May 10, 2012
  6. Riyas said:

    Did bono just reply to himself? Well since he was talking to himself do t that make him a we?

    May 10, 2012
  7. Silly Point said:

    Damith’s gift is the ability to make a serious point in a roundabout manner. In fact, he does this so well, that some of us completely miss the point at times. That kind of talent should be encouraged rather than rebuked.

    Bongo, I believe your criticism is a bit too personal to be taken seriously. If you relax a bit and re-read some of the older posts witha more open mind, you may be entertained as well as enlightened.

    May 10, 2012
  8. NightSky said:

    Nice one mugs! Exactly my feelings as well on the matter.

    May 18, 2012
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