The guy up their in that picture is Ross Taylor. I am sure this picture somewhat tells you the way the New Zealand cricket team might be feeling. But I am sure the Sri Lankans who won the first test match of the series between these two teams are in a similar pose. It is because this series in Sri Lanka has hardly been paid attention to because of the Ashes going on. The media might be their biggest enemies right now.
I am also not very happy that the cricket community on Bleacher Report wrote tens of articles on the ongoing Ashes. Most of them repeated the same things with just the words being shifted. I know the Ashes was extremely exciting, but still, we report cricket and not any particular game or series only.
So before I talk about the Kiwis and the Sri Lankans, I as the community leader of Cricket Bleacher Report, apologize to Sri Lanka and New Zealand for being indifferent towards them. I will try to make sure this doesn't happen in the future.
In Sri Lanka, we have seen the hosts once again stamping their Authority.
The Lankans have always been very difficulty to beat in their backyard. In fact, they haven't lost a series at home for over two years. Well done Sri Lanka.
However, even they know the team they were facing had been below par for quite some time. Again and again their batsmen failed to play a long innings and usual they fell for not such a big score.
They always have one or two of the batsmen performing, but these batsmen keep on changing and no one batsman plays can be depended upon for consistency or for a long innings.
The Kiwi bowling has also been ordinary. I know they don't have the most talented bowling lineup so they end up looking like a non-lethal unit. But even if we accept that, it is very hard to understand why they are so wayward. Vettori, was better than the rest of them, but still, even he just toiled and toiled. The end result was the same for all. Many runs and no wickets.
The proof of this are those three Sri Lankan hundreds scored. Also, the many hundreds scored by the Kiwi bowlers while bowling. If someone was not very good at reading the cricket score cards he would have mistaken Ian 'O' Brian and Jeetan Patel to be very good batsmen!
But what really must be hurting them is the rate at which Sri Lanka has scored runs. Dilshan is the biggest proof of that. In the whole test he is having a strike rate of over 100.
Sril Lanka have both a great batting lineup and a good bowling unit. Tilakaratne Dilshan was the man of the match, but Jaywardene, Samarweera, Muralitharan, and Thilan Thushara, also gave performances which on other days would have received the Award.
The whole test has been a joke for them. Just go out get wickets, then go out get runs, then repeat the procedure, and then celebrate an victory by 202 runs.
The only good thing that has happened for New Zealand is, that from now on, the captain and the coach of the team will be also have a vote in the selection of players. This is something a struggling team should always do, allow the captain to give his inputs at the top level.
The coach also works at the grass root level with the players, so he has to have a say. I think all countries should at least have their coaches in the selection panel.
But these are things that never happen and I never understand why.
So let's hope this boring series ends up having some fun moments too. I really hope. And don't worry, we will report about you from next time onwards.
Won't we Guys?