I may become very unpopular but I am not a politicians vying for votes rigged or otherwise.
Indian papers were critical but were not destructive.
1. In our case one of the government channels run by political stooges raised a claim that Mahela played to the hands of Pakistan deliberately. What I understand now is that this was done by players rejected or not selected to the team with political intent.
Of course, Mahela answered the critics with his bat like Ponting and that was the very best of Mahela after his 167 odd runs in his first appearance against India in home soil.
What is important this time is, it is on Indian soil with nobody behind him except his team mates.
2. We were not ready for the world cup and we did not have a regular team up for the finals and poor Sanaga had to fiddle round and use his gut feelings. While playing on the round robin stage he had to select the players in best form from the makeshift team given to him by the selectors. There were only five or six who were worth the mettle and naming them here is not appropriate and others were filling the numbers from 6 or 15.
3. Then come the crunch game and politicians get activated and like after the war they want to reap benefit at the expense of cricketers and bloat their image while failing in their duties at ground and grass root level.
4. Now come the big political manoeuvre and Randive catapults into World Cup stage and comes home wicketless.
5. I have my praise for Gary Kirsten, graceful South African opener who did all the ground work for the victory after 2008 debacle. There were no politicos influencing him. Similarly the praise should go to Alan Donald the South African fast baller lifting the New Zealand team up to the Semifinals.
The difference here is everything form ground construction to ground preparation to celebrations have to be sanctioned by politicos or their stooges.
Everything is politicized and corrupt.
6. I feel sorry for army man Ajantha and poor but Big Ball Boy Dilhara who was worse than a political stooge. He was the one who could have taken the wicket of Tandukar in a crunch game. Yes, he might give some extras and few no balls but we did not want him to ball full quota of 10 overs. Three overs form him would have been better than full quota of Randive.
This whole episode destroyed both the big boy Dilhara and new find Randive.
Who is to blame I leave it open.
That is the way we go up the ladder.
It is cut throat politics, even in sports.
This one for the Indians.
In the built up to the semifinals there is a little consensus among few of the intellectuals that if we win the World Cup, the government will increase the price of petrol and with it all the other commodities and Sri-Lanka should not win.
I also subscribe to this especially as a teaser, something that I enjoy when spirits are high and I was the only one in Sri-Lanka who supported New Zealand on the day. I went on to say to irritate my close friends if we played on a neutral ground we would lose knowing very well New Zealand would not make it through.
This is like a Sri-Lankan government official who votes for the opposition on the day of the election and goes to work on the next day attired in a blue dress and a red or gray tie.
In my case if somebody volunteered money I would have put a bet for Sri-Lanka to win and support New Zealand in front of the TV.
Here money and win matters but usually it is the Santhosum or political bribes that do the job.
In that context it is better to support our team irrespective of political realities and that is what we should do come finals.
I am of the strong opinion politicians and religious dignitaries should not get involved in sports.
Leave them to sports specialists and the coach and pay them well and on results basis like top CEOs and not to political bum suckers.
And come win or lose be prepared to tighten our belts for another 5 or 10 years and the promised land may never come true with global realities and food prices going up by the minute and production not keeping up with the demand from banis, bananas to political bana.
That is almost like a lecture in point form but we never correct our mistakes but the one I am going to write below if you do not take notice one might lose everything including life.
It is the fire hazard that we go through in March to May.
There are two factors one is external and other is internal.
External one is global warming and Sri-Lanka included and exaggerated by our Coal Power Plant going into operation soon.
The other is lightening and fire crackers.
I was happy that we lost the Cricket and if we won the fire crackers would have ignited few fires burning even our precious forest reserve too.
I am the one for banning fire crackers in entirety.
It serves no purpose and many of our dogs die of fear during New year festivals when owners go out on holidays leaving vulnerable dogs to fire crackers and thieves (they poison dogs).
Other one is internal.
That is our Electricity Supply which fluctuate in voltage. This risk is increased with thunder that accompany rain.
One computer and two voltage stabilizers busted from the month of January to now.
This not the first time and some time ago I lost almost everything(electrical equipments that included a TV, a tumbler dryer and a washing machine) including 2o odd bulbs in one night and morning due to power surge going above 400.
The has become a perennial problem now. If not fire one can get electrocuted.
The only way I have saved few equipments is by using UPS not voltage stabilizers (two of the Sri-Lankan voltage stabilizers caught fire and there is no alarm. system). At least the UPS has the alarm that goes up and we cannot buy any imported voltage stabilizers in Sri-Lanka now.
This New Year I decided to work on reducing fire hazard.
1. I have three or four digital thermometers.
One is on top of the computer I am working now. The other is on top of the switched off computer. The temperature difference is 7 degree F and time is mid night.
2. I do not switch on any equipment if the outside temperature is above 88 degree F except the fridge.
3. I use the computer in the night and who is going to go for air conditioning with electricity bill above Rs.6000/=
4. I use UPS. Recent ones have better quality internal circuits and integrators.
5. Check all the connectors and replace them with sturdy not cheap ones.
6. Be vigilant and safety first from kitchen to to bed room to living room.
7. No fire crackers.
8. Switch off all the equipment not in use.
9. Emergency lamps with all diodes and keep them charged for an emergency.
10. Keep an eye on the meter and the monthly bill which is going up by the minute.