Dilhara robbed of a MOM award

England lost to Sri Lanka in a last-ball thriller yesterday. The young Bopara and the old Nixon hustled together a run-a-ball 87 run partnership for the 7th wicket and brought England very close to victory. 12 were needed off the last over, 9 came off the first 5 deliveries - Bopara had to face the last ball with 2 runs required to share the points. Call it nerves or call it a tactic, Dilhara Fernando (the giant with the baby voice) ran in hard and went through his motions without actually releasing the ball. He went back to the start of his run-up, took a few deep breaths and bustled through all over again - this time he did release the ball - elementary line and length - Bopara missed and the ball disturbed the furniture behind the batsman and then ran away to the boundary.

Ranjit Fernando, the easily excitable commentator from the Emerald Island overlooked the disturbed stumps and commented (yelled rather) something on these lines -- "Oh itz a 4.. Bopaara.. Oh its bowled.. I thought it hit the bat and went for a 4". Well, he doesn't fail to amuse you (if you want to call it a torture, I wouldn't blame you), does he? I'm really looking forward for the day when someone like Sangakkara or Jayawardene gets to represent Sri Lanka behind the micro-phone.

Coming back to the game, didn't understand why Bopara won the MoM award. Agreed, he brought England back into the game and without him the game would have ended much earlier. But he didn't win it for them, did he?. Dilhara, on the other hand picked up 3 crucial wickets at crucial times and won his team a couple of points. As far as I'm concerned, he was robbed off a maiden world-cup MoM award.

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Blogger Ranjeet Adkar 3:48 PM

I Agree 100% with you.    



Anonymous Wes 11:49 PM

I also thought that Bopara had a good innings but didn't deserve the man of the match award ahead of Dilhara whose wickets helped bring victory.    



Blogger Stone 2:16 PM

Absolutely right!!!    



Blogger Abu Safiyah 11:03 PM

Strange how much emotionally attached we are to the MoM award and rightly so.

Be it any game and more so in a WC that we feel proud that our guys win the MoM. So it was a sad and inappropriate decisison to give Ravi what Dilhara deserved.

I remember Ponting making a similar comment last WC, when the smaller teams like Netherland were given MoM for encouraging them for thier minor cameos. Pointing rightly said that WC MoM are special momentos and his team deserved them just as much.

There are few things that we cannnot agree more with you, Ricky.    



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