So we have come to it at last then.
Questions are being formed in the Sri Lankan fan’s minds.
Can Mahela go out with a win ?
Or will he stutter to a loss, underlining his fall from grace in the last 6 months ?
Whatever the result is, it seems as though Mahela’s legacy will always be looked upon in a kind way. At least 74% of the masses still want him as captain. (due to legal obligations we cant quote our source on that one.)
Mahela’s been milking it too. Talking about how it was the right cricket decision, how he wants the new captain to have enough time as numero uno. Everyone wants to know why he quit, who he thinks will take over.
Of course we know this is all bullshit, Mahela has always been a smart man, he knew the axe was being sharpened before it fell on him.
It was either his career or giving up the captaincy.
However way he paints the picture to the outside world, that is the truth. He was forced to make a decision by the moronic adminstrocrats at SLC, and he made it.
Now the same people are want him to stick around. That’s not going to happen. It shouldn’t happen.
Mahela’s always done things his way, he was one of the few players who had the bit of dictatorial flair you need as a captain in the Subcontinent. He sat out Marvan, denied he was a negative captain, ran up pontings nose by being late at the pre-WC final photoshoot and refused a guard of honor offered by Younus.
Its the sort of leadership that inspires, which is exactly what Mahela will be hoping for in his last test as captain.
A loss wont hurt him.
A draw wont do much harm either.
A win – that will be ideal, leaving the post as he wants to, with us wanting for more.