Ok, so before you get the proverbial panties in a bunch, I am aware I am sadly uneducated to the technicalities of cricket, so cool your heels. No need to leave scathing comments about my cricketing ignorance. Yes, Dilhara was completely untidy. Yes, I saw that ridiculous 20-run over. Yes, I saw his shameful 9.0 economy rate. HOWEVER, where was all this nitpicky attention to detail during Dilshan and Silva's obvious UNlbws? You have an ear piece man, pay attention!
Stephen Fleming went on and on about how Bond was the man for this game, how they would target Sanath, how our middle order was weak. Psh. Don't underestimate us, my good man. Your failure lies in you inability to see that we play as a team, this is no one-man show. So you got Sanath out for 1. Guess who stepped in? Our 'weak' middle order, that’s who. Bond was your weapon? Yeah, good job with that 1 shouldn't-have-been-a-wicket wicket. Even in the super 8 match against NZ, people were all 'oh no Malinga's not playing. Now what?!' Now what indeed. Make way for Vaas and Murali, that's what. In a game that raves on about player stats, highest score this, so many wickets that, we forget that it takes a team to pull off a victory. No secret weapon is as powerful as a comprehensive team effort with everyone pulling their weight. And if one falters, there are others to step up. That's what a team sport is about.
And so we prevailed, this time. Its gonna take a lot more than dubious decisions and 21 extras to break our spirit. And that is what makes us special. And that is why we deserve to win this world cup. Simply because we exemplify what cricket should be all about. 11 guys with oodles of talent, proudly representing their country, in a game they love. Blue-and-yellow clad supporters coloring up those stands. Papare bands and booze. A gentleman's game with an island flair. Let’s show them how it’s done boys!