With Dignity And Class! A Tribute To Marvan Atapattu.
© Top Spin By Suni ~ For LankaWeb Cricket
Former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu, one of most stylish and technically correct batsmen Sri Lanka has ever produced who scored six double hundreds in his glittering 88-match Test career with ten more centuries and fifteen half centuries appears to have had a raw deal at the hands of the Sri Lankan selectors who seem to have a degree of notoriety about how they treat senior players in the twilight of their careers! with more than mere indifference, completely casting aside past histories and track records and in the case of Atapattu brilliant, exciting and enviable! that is until he ran into a spate of injuries and the misfortunes which appear to have followed him ever since.
There may be a response of defiance fom those criticized here that Marvan's status and track record was not a priority for Sri lankan cricket with a plethora of brilliant young blood available and that he has been stifled by competition which may be to a degree admissable but it is the simple manner in which he was shoved into a figurative corner that irks those who feel Marvan deserved much better despite his replacement Mahela Jayawardena rising to the occassion and taking over the mantle of glory as one of Sri Lanka's finest skippers after the premature redundancy of Marvan Atapattu who still cannot be ignored in the manner he was and case in point for the posterity of Sri Lankan cricket !!
It is saddening that the glory of someone who contributed so much to
Sri Lankan cricket could be overlooked, treated with indifference and
deprived of a chance to get back into high gear once he recovered from
his injuries.The psychological impositions posed on him by the neglect
and at times unwarranted hounding by the selectors are somewhat shameful
especially bearing to mind that this was a former Sri Lankan captain
who thrilled spectators around the globe when he was at the crease as
well as being a brilliant close in fielder who truly needs to be accolladed
as one of Sri Lanka's finest and compensated for the misgivings of the
bourgeoisie Sri Lankan Selectors some of whom probably never played
real representative cricket or knows zilch about the protocols relating
to the gentlemen's game bearing to mind the manner in which another
great Sri Lanka cricketer the magical Aravinda de Silva who was phased
out and forced to quit almost in disgust and never even offered the
plaudits and tributes he deserved officially as many remember him walking
away from the crease somewhat sadly for the last time in a previous
World Cup never to be seen again at the highesty level of competition
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