Sri Lanka Cricket has had its ups and downs, more downs in 2017 than ever before as the side lost 23 out of the 25 One Day Internationals, failing to win a single ODI series for the first time in 42 years.
Sri Lanka for the first time lost a series at home to Zimbabwe and found themselves on the losing side against Pakistan, India South Africa. Furthermore, they were whitewashed a couple of times in all formats of the game.
Rightly, Sri Lanka Cricket recruited former cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha to get the side out of the situation they are in. Hathurusingha who escorted Bangladesh to some incredible series wins promised to do the same with Sri Lanka by bringing back the Sri Lankan brand of cricket.
“We’ll soon start playing the Sri Lankan brand of cricket,” quoted Hathurusingha in an interview with Cricbuzz earlier this month.
What is the Sri Lankan Brand of Cricket?
Like the Calypso brand of cricket played by Clive Lloyd, Sri Lanka has its own brand of cricket introduced during the days of World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga. The former captain introduced an attractive style of play which was passed from generation to generation from Sanath Jayasuriya to Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
However, the late setback has killed the spark but the brand of cricket remains, rather lifeless in recent times.
In late 2011, Mahela Jayawardene came out with the perfect description for the Sri Lankan brand of cricket. He urged players to be more aggressive and to play the brand of cricket Sri Lankans are known to play.
The two words he used to describe the brand was strokeplay and flamboyancy.
“Sometimes that sort of approach can change the match in a couple of hours. We need to go back to that and we have the capacity to do that,” added Jayawardena.
However, the Sri Lankan brand of cricket is not just about being aggressive but more of a rhythmic approach to whatever comes along as challenges on and off the field.
Last year we only saw glimpses of this brand of cricket when things really got going for players like Asela Gunaratne and Suranga Lakmal. With Hathurusingha on board, Sri Lanka has the capacity to maintain a flow by embracing unorthodoxy to handle things the Sri Lankan way.
If Hathuru manages to bring back the Sri Lankan brand of cricket, who knows, we might even land another World Cup under Angelo Mathews in 2019.
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