Lasith Malinga has won a 2020 game. With the bat. We didn’t see any of it. Not Live at least. We are not bothered by it. It’s ok he can do whatever he wants. It doesn’t affect us. In fact, Lasith can very well go and shave his head or take 10 wickets in 10 balls. We are not bothered.He could even bowl his 24 ball spell with only yorkers. Or break a stump. Or a bat. It would not enter our thoughts.
We could well be witnessing the prime of one the greatest cricketers that Sri Lanka has turned out from our factory of unorthodxy. We are thinking – Meh.
Someone could very well say that watching Malings in full flight, blonde hair caught in the air, index finger raised has possibly made us cry in joy. But we would deny it to our grave.
You could say he is the only Sri Lankan bowler who genuinely inspires fear in batsmen these days. And we would rebuke it with – Ya, whatever.
Did we peruse the internet like a deranged maniac, mouth foamed with coffee induced sleep apnia for an interview with his mom for confirmation when we heard a rumour that he might be pulling on his white flannels again. Abosolutely not.
Sure, we concede that we have at times, very rarely I must press, watched illegal streaming highlights of your performances. But that was followed by an immediate feeling of guilt and always a wave of depression. It doesn’t mean anything.
Don’t get us wrong. We are glad you are doing well and making all those Indians happy. But please dont expect us to stay up late watching you to make me feel proud to be Sri Lankan. And lay off MS while you are at it.