Why Mahela's Resignation is good for Sri Lankan Cricket

Aftermath of Mahela's resignation from the Cricket Captaincy is not something I am surprised of, specially the media hype. What is most hilarious factor is same media people who criticized Mahela when he fails are now saying he should remain as the Captain. But this is not something new for Sri Lanka as we experienced these type of things with Arjuna and Marvan in the past.

Mahela is my favourite batsman, also the most gifted and talented batsman Sri Lanka produced after Aravinda de silva. The inning he played to see Sri Lanka trough against England in Australia was one of the best for me. Also the master piece of 2007 World Cup semi final against New Zealand. He has given lot to Sri Lankan Cricket there is no doubts about that. As a captain he has brought a lot for SLC as well. He has transformed a team which had lot of potential but less success in to a winning team in both forms of the game. Apart from that he has brought new culture in to the team which has ultimately provided us a winning team.

But it is really the time for him to quit the job. As Jayasooriya did in the past which ultimately gave the birth to two most successful captains Marvan and Mahela. Mahela is a very smart person who knows exactly what he is doing in and off the field. There are lots of talks about the political pressure and stuff. Regardless of those things if we concentrate on Cricket, Sri Lankan team really needs a change here. Mahela's era should end and team should start fresh for 2011 World Cup. If he delayed his call as it would have being a desaster for SLC which he understood perfectly. He knew if the team continue to loose more matches and if he continue his bad period with the bat, his farewell will be very much painful. Also the selectors will have to find a Captain in a rush and will not have time to build a new team. Now, even we loss few more matches we can take it as the transition period and build up. And also in Mahela's perspective this will give him time to comeback as a ODI batsman by only concentrating on his batting.

So hats off to this talented stroke player and one of the best captains we had, for not being selfish and giving 100% to his country and the game.


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