Thursday, 15 May 2008

Jayasuriya defies the age-old issue

One more myth lay in tatters as the apocalyptic Indian Premier League chugs on. Once again, the stereotype has been shattered and once more, pre-conceived notions were hit for a six -- 11 sixes to be precise -- at the Wankhede Stadium last night.

Champions of ageism preached Twenty20 is that brash drop-dead lass who woos the old as well but romances only the youth. It’s all about fresh faces, new blood and unabashed exuberance, asserted the modern day Dorian Grays.

But only till an unassuming 38-year-young from a nondescript city in the southern coast of Sri Lanka came to thumb nose at them.

Few player contradict their persona with their performance like Jayasuriya does and last night, the Matara Marauder not only stole the thunder from his illustrious opening partner but also proved that worshipping youth is alright, but the old trickster in him still have an ace or two up his sleeve.

McGrath and Warne have already made their retirement seem a mischief by novice rumour-mongers and now Jayasuriya gatecrashes into the party, which so far had a rude ONLY YOUTH sign hung at the entry.

Like McGrath and Warne, Jayasuriya made the point that it’s not about age but ability, not number but efficacy. Those who ridiculed the creaking bones, ageing legs and thinning thatch better take note. Age is just a number people unnecessary lose sleep about. It’s a matter of the mind, it doesn’t matter if you don’t mind. It’s all about delivering the goods, and especially when you need it most.

Enough of the age rub-a-dub. Let’s make performance the lone common currency.

Image: Cricinfo

9 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

Most of the dashers have had their day, is today Gibbs' or Afridi's?

Som said...

NC, hope so. High-time these two fired. It's getting almost over guys!

Straight Point said...

thats what GOD presence do to you...

Q said...

Gilchrist and MEK husseym another 2 centurions are well into their 30s. I think it has been well proven that the game is not for the young ones only.

Som said...

SP, last night Gibbs seemed determined to mend his way but Mishra spoiled his party. His shots were so effrotless and cold-blooded!

Som said...

Q, old is gold. Pollock didn't do too bad either!

Straight Point said...

and so were Rohit's...

the guy is in the zone as they say...to me HE will replace sachin in all sense...provided he keeps sachin like focus...

scorpicity said...

chenghis Khan is back... a bit baldy though!

Total Cricket Madness said...

he is one of the modern day stroke maker, he along with little Kalu change the way ODI cricket was being played....i remember them murdering bowler in first 15 overs in 1996 World Cup.....